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Tate Modern Opens Exhibition on Works of Hungarian Artist Dóra Maurer

Fanni Kaszás 2019.08.05.

Tate Modern presents the works of Hungarian artist Dóra Maurer in a year-long free exhibition in London. She is the first Hungarian artist living in Hungary, to be exhibited in one of the most well-known museums in the world.

The exhibition opened today, on 5 August and brings together some 35 works, revealing the diversity of her output, including graphic works, photographs, films and paintings. Spanning more than five decades, the show highlights the playful conceptual approach that she brings to her experiments across all media.

The works of the Kossuth Prize-winning artist, who ranked fourth in last year’s list of the Hungarian Power 50 (which lists the fifty most influential figures in the Hungarian art scene) have been regularly featured in foreign exhibitions for decades but Tate Modern is a big step for Hungarian artists: the museum is measured to MoMa in New York, and had nearly six million visitors in recent years. Tate Modern ranks seventh in the world’s museums and first among the contemporary and modern museums and famous for the outstanding quality of its collections and exhibitions. It is enough to have a look at the current exhibits: Dóra Maurer’s works will appear in Tate with one of the leading figures of the Russian avant-garde, Natalia Goncharova and one of today’s superstars, Icelandic-born Danish artist Ólafur Eliason’s solo exhibition.

Fact

Dóra Maurer, a Hungarian artist whose work has spanned a 50-year career, was born in 1937 in Budapest. With an emphasis on photography, film, and graphic design amongst other things, Maurer has achieved recognition in the 1970s with her avant-garde work and developed her career from works with contemporary and modern influences. All of her art is based on mathematical and complex system processes and most works follow the theme of showing options to the viewer and what the viewer can do with those options. Many of her works break down simple actions so the viewer can really view the piece as movement, not a photograph of movement. She has also been a professor at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Budapest as well as a curator.

Maurer said she is aware of the importance of the exhibition, but she would find it a little scary if it “brings too much publicity, buzz and expectation”, as she can only imagine working in peace and quiet.

Trained as a graphic artist in the 1950s, Maurer pushed the medium to its limit in her experimental works of the following two decades. In the 1970s she started to work in photography and moving image, often collaborating with musicians, as well as teaching creative performative workshops. She developed increasingly geometric and abstract drawings and paintings in the 1970s and beyond. The exhibition culminates in a room of her recent paintings, in which overlapping colours create a sense of shapes floating in space. The exhibition will include works from Tate’s collection, major loans from private collections and five works which are promised gifts to Tate. It is open to visitors from 5 August 2019 until  20 July 2020.

featured photo: Gyula Czimbal/MTI