Erarta Museum's cartoon series 'The Adventures of BB Square'

Erarta Museum of Contemporary Art

Erarta Museum’s cartoon series “The Adventures of BB Square” centers around the main character, BB Square — the original black square from Malevich’s “The Black Square” painting, who comes alive and moves in with an ordinary family, taking them along on a series of whirlwind adventures thanks to his special ability to teleport characters from the art world into real life.

Da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa”, Warhol’s “Marylin Monroe” and a host of other renowned historical figures and characters from art masterpieces by artists such as Picasso, Matisse, Chagall, Munch and many others join BB Square in this engaging new comedy series that explores both eternal themes of friendship, love and family values and also modern issues such as internet obsessions, plastic surgery and get-rich-quick schemes all through the eyes of history’s most iconic art.

Developed in Russia by the renowned film animation duo of Dmitry Visotskiy and Andrey Sikorskiy, the cartoons give a 21st century makeover to some of history’s most popular artworks.                       

Episode One - Malevich's 'Black Square' goes missing from Erarta Museum; can the police find the thief and recover the masterpiece?

Featuring 'Black Square' by Malevich, 1915.

Episode Two - BB Square is settling into life with the Roundman family, but a freak accident with a hairdryer turns their world upside down. See what happens when masterpieces enter the three dimensional world..

Featuring 'Dance' by Matisse, 1910, and 'The Scream' by Munch, 1893.

Episode Three - Momma's houseguests are no longer welcome, see what happens when BB Square and the masterpieces set out on their own - naive to the fact there is a $20,000 bounty on their heads. Who will find them first?

Featuring:
'Guernica' by Picasso, 1937.
'Girl On A Ball' by Picasso, 1905.
'Newlyweds on the Eiffel Tower', by Marc Chagall, 1939.
'The Birth of Venus De Milo', Boticelli, 1482-1483.
'The Bathing of the Red Horse', Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin, 1912.
'The Last Judgement' triptych, Hieronymus Bosch, 1482.
'Elephants', by Salvador Dali, 1948.
'Woman Holding A Fruit', by Paul Gauguin, 1893.
'The Blind Leading The Blind' by Brueghel, 1568.

Episode Four -The people are furious that their city has been over-run by masterpieces! Find out what BB Square's cunning plan to bring peace to the city is which still lands him in trouble..

Featuring:
'Barge Haulers on the Volga' by Ilya Repin, 1870-73.
'The Thinker' by Rodin, 1880-82.
'Peasants' by Malevich, 1928-1929.
'Above The Town' by Chagall, 1914-1918.
'Viaducts Breaking Rank' by Paul Klee, 1937.
'The Garden of Earthly Pleasures' by Bosch, 1500-1510.
'Temptations of St Anthony' triptych by Hieronymus Bosch, 1505-1506.

All BB wanted was to give Eric a great lads' night out - but St Petersburg's gangland mafioso had other ideas. Will the duo survive this latest adventure?

Featuring:
'Portrait of Anna Akhmatova', Nathan Altman, 1914.
'The Farm Wife' by Pablo Picasso, 1908.
'Woman in Front of the Sun', Joan Miro, 1950.
'Marilyn Monroe' by Andy Warhol, 1960-62.

Have you ever lost yourself in your work? Eric's family have no idea how to get him back again, and Absinthe is just adding to their troubles...

Featuring:
'Three Women', Fernand Leger, 1921-22
'Mother and Child', Fernand Leger, 1921
'Les Demoiselles d'Avignon', Pablo Picasso, 1907
'Sailor and Girl', Otto Dix, 1920
'La Parade de Cirque', Georges Seurat, 1888

BB Square's moral compass does not always point true North, but when Lisa's classmate is faced with the school bully, BB finds an innovative way to bring him to justice 'fair and square'...

Featuring an array of works by James Ensor:
'Self-Portrait with Masks', 1899
'The Surprise of the Mask', 1889
'Ensor and General Leman Discussing Painting', 1890
'Skeletons Trying to Warm Themselves', 1889
'Grotesque Singers', 1891

The matriarch of the Roundman family has a suitor - and he's determined to win her over, however painful the pursuit may be...

Featuring:
'Melancholy', Fernando Boter, 1989
'The Creation of Adam', Michelangelo, 1512
'Troika', Vasily Perov, 1866
'The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living', Damien Hirst, 1991

The Mona Lisa is upset that she doesn't conform to modern standards of beauty, and wants to take drastic measures. What will happen when BBSquare dons his surgical gloves in a bid to fix her -- and other classical beauties -- up?

Featuring:
'The Mona Lisa', Leonardo Da Vinci. 1503-1519.
'The Merchant's Wife', Boris Kustodiev, 1918.
'Self-Portrait with Monkey', Frida Kahlo, 1943.
'American Gothic', Grant Wood, 1930.

Forget about seeing double, BBSquare decides the world needs a whole herd of BBSquares. However, having an army of replicas does not turn out to be as much fun as he had initially thought -- find out what sort of havoc multiple BBSquares could wreak...

Featuring:
'The Black Square' (three versions), Kasimir Malevich, created over his lifetime.
'Madonna Sistina', Raphael, 1512-1513.
'Girl with Fan', Pierre-Auguste Renoir, 1881.
'Reply of the Zaporozhian Cossacks to Sultan Mehmed IV of the Ottoman Empire', Ilya Repin, 1880-1891.
'The Return of the Prodigal Son', Rembrandt van Rijn, circa.1666-1669.

Malevich's Black Square may be almost a hundred years old, but BBSquare shows himself to be much more tech-savvy than Eric. What happens when BBSquare creates the latest smart device, and conflates the worlds of avant-garde art and viral culture?

Featuring:
'Farnese Hercules', copy made in 3 A.D. from a 4 B.C. original
'Dionysos and two Maenads', Amasis, 540 B.C.
'Portrait of Yevgraf Davydov', Orest Kiprensky, 1809.
'Portrait of Jeanne Hébuterne', Amedeo Modigiliani, 1918.

In our season finale, BBSquare and the gang come up against the apocalypse. Is it the end of the world as BBSquare knows it, or can he save the day?

Featuring:
'The Last Day of Pompeii, Karl Briullov, 1830-1833.
'Princess Tarakanoff', Konstantin Flavitsky, 1864.
'The Ninth Wave', Ivan Aivazovsky, 1850.
'The Great Wave of Kanagawa', Katsushika Hokusai, 1823-1831.
'Red Fish', Henri Matisse, 1911.
'The Rape of Europa', Valentin Aleksandrovich, 1910.

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Dmitry Visotskiy and Andrey Sikorskiy for Erarta Museum

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