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MAURER Dóra: IXEK 7-1

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Tuesday, 24 November 2020 to Friday, 15 January 2021

MAURER Dóra
IXEK 7-1

24 November 2020 – 15 January 2021

Five out of four? Four out of three? And one out of seven? Through her newest series IXEK 22 (2019-2020, “IXEK” is the plural of X in Hungarian), Dóra Maurer casts the role of the question-solver to the visitor, and encourages thinking about further possibilities by pointing out the expandable nature of the exhibited series consisting of six works. Maurer exposes her inclination towards mathematics and combinatory when she creates artworks according to a system made up of primary colors, and builds new structures by reordering and layering the red, blue and yellow fields. When looking at Maurer’s works, colors come into life: the red, blue and yellow surfaces, that create the illusion of semi-transparent films intersect, merge into and interweave with one another. As a result of their interactions, they create layers of intermediate colors and the sensation of volume and depth, the constitution of a picture plane that has the illusion of spatiality. The exhibited artworks begin to behave almost as a group of figures as they independently start to act and proceed actions as entering and exiting the scene: “comes”, states the handwritten note on the back of one of the works (IXEK 22/1, 2019), “goes” can be read on another (IXEK 22/2, 2020). The observation of movement and displacement is a central thought around which Maurer’s work is organized across all media. The intention to study and visualize these processes is as present in prints made since the 1960s, and in the photographs and experimental films of the 1970s, as it is in the paintings of recent years.

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Dóra Maurer (1937) is an important figure of international and Hungarian art history. From 1968, as a Hungarian-Austrian dual citizen Maurer fostered the development of the international network of relations of the Hungarian neo-avantgarde. Alongside her activity as an organiser in the art scene, her engagement in art pedagogy is also remarkable. From the 1970s, she has regularly shown her works at significant international exhibitions. In recent years, Maurer has taken part in group exhibitions held at Centre Pompidou, Paris (Promises of the Past, 2011), The Art Institute of Chicago (Light Years: Conceptual Art and the Photograph, 1964–1977, 2011), MoMA, New York (Transmissions: Art in Eastern Europe and Latin America 1960 – 1980, 2015) and the Tate Modern, London (Performing for the Camera, 2016). Her latest retrospective exhibition, which is still on view, was opened in 2019 at Tate Modern. A catalogue titled Quod Libet – featuring Maurer’s works created between 2009 and 2019, and an essay by Dávid Fehér – was published in parallel with the current exhibition by Vintage Galéria, Budapest.

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1053, Budapest, Magyar utca 26

Vintage Galéria , Budapest

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