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Pyramid

Meaning of Hierarchy and Inclusivity
“The pyramid is a symbol of hierarchy in the Universe. From one hand it reflects the power, achievements, authority and privilege. On the other hand, the opposite aspect of this symbolism is the importance of individuality and the unique role of the person in the social realm. It reminds us about the importance of inclusive society over-riding the differences of race, gender, class, generation, and geography, ensuring the inclusion and equality of opportunity for all. In this context, I have selected five artworks to explore how different artists interpret the symbolism of a pyramid through the meaning of hierarchy and inclusivity,” explains Shakhnoza Karimbabaeva, Art Curator of the Exhibition.
“The rational but illogical human nature forces two nations to compete and fight with each other, even when there is no compelling economical reason; it pushes two political parties or religions to fight desperately, despite the striking similarities in their welfare programs; it makes some Alexander or Napoleon sacrifice millions of people for the sake of endeavour to unite the whole world under their sceptre.”
C. Lorenz
Emperor Ubu
1923
Max Ernst
Germany, 1891–1976
Oil on canvas 81x65 cm
© State Museum of Modern Art Paris (Centre Georges Pompidou), France
The emperor looks like a stopped spinning top that is about to fall on its side. The massiveness of a tower from the one side and its unstable base reflect the inner conflict of the emperor that is in a desert and completely alone.
Genghis Khan
Arkadiy Stavrovskiy
1903-1980
Oil on paper, foil 116 x 80 cm
© The State Museum of Arts of the Republic of Karakalpakstan named after I.V. Savitsky
“Nobody wants to stick out neither for their knowledge, nor other advantages, since the government nourishes hostility to everyone who bears any superiority”.
Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa von Nettesheim

A symbol of authority in the image of Genghis Khan, the founder and the first khan (Hagan) of the Mongol empire. The warlord that organized the conquests of Mongolians to China, Middle Asia, Caucasus and East Europe.
An artist soaring over the city
1975
Arkadiy Stavrovskiy
(1903-1980)
Paper on plywood, oil 103.5x73.5 cm
© The State Museum of Arts of the Republic of Karakalpakstan named after I.V. Savitsky
The whole human race, descending from the Gods and must return to the gods, looks up. The artist acts as the Creator who is able to show people the truth.
Dark horse. 2015
(artwork from the series DADA)
Inna Sandler
(b. 1976)
Acrylic, oil on canvas, 79 x 94 cm.
Collection of the author
Everyone has his own role, though various abilities: a horse, a pawn, a lady or a queen, nevertheless, depending on the location any, even a simple pawn, can checkmate.
Motive
2019
Sanjar Jabbarov
(b. 1986)
Oil on canvas, 130x120 cm
Collection of the author
“The higher mental abilities and the education level of single individuals are, the more distinctively their tastes and points of view differ, and the less likely they are to unanimously accept any particular hierarchy of values.”
Friedrich von Hayek

The hierarchy of knowledge, obtained from different sources, becomes a basis for a person itself.