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Dóra Maurer

1937 | Budapest, Hungary
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Dóra Maurer, Seven Turns, 1977-1978, 6 silver gelatine prints, 20 x 20 cm, 7 7/8 x 7 7/8 in. each, Courtesy Balázs – Dénes collection, © Dóra Maurer

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Hungarian visual artist and performer.

Dóra Maurer is one of Hungary’s major conceptual artists. Between her affinities with concrete art and the influence of the Hungarian neo-avant-garde, she has explored the forms, proportions, and serial nature associated with the notion of motion and change. She practices painting, graphic arts, photography, and experimental film. In the 1970s, through her painting, she came up with the concept of “quasi-images” (quasi-Bilder), based on theories of perception and colour. Her pictorial works are devised from plastic elements, like colours and planes. Where her photographs are concerned, these are subject to a process of distortion and transformation, in order to express her obsession with the fluidity of movement. Maurer also has an important position as a performer, especially when she deals with subjects of gender and political commitment.

In her performance What Can One Do with a Paving Stone? (1971), she wraps a cobble stone—symbol of demonstrations and a direct reference to Hungary’s recent history and the 1956 uprising—in a piece of cloth, like a gift, and kisses it as if it were a child looking for affection; with such unusual gestures, she expresses her disagreement, as a citizen but also as a woman, with the violent dimension of militant activities. Alongside her artists friends, Tamás Szentjóby and Miklós Erdély, she worked for many years with the Béla Bálasz Studio Foundation in Budapest, the mythical hub of Hungarian experimental film, totally supported by the State. With her interest in short films, in Mouvements spontanés appris [Learned Spontaneous Movements] (1973), she overlaid the four recordings she had made of a woman reading, thus forming a complex serial composition of images and sounds. With Erdély, she has also organized experimental education workshops for art students, and has been teaching at the Academy of Fine Arts in Budapest since the 1990s.

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Natasa Petrešin-Bachelez

Translated from French by Simon Pleasance.

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Dóra Maurer — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Dóra Maurer, Overlappings (Irregular) 4, 2009-2010, acrylic on canvas and wood in 5 parts, 450 x 233 cm ,177 3/16 x 91 3/4 in., © Dóra Maurer, © Photo: White Cube (Ben Westoby)

Dóra Maurer — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Dóra Maurer, Reversible and Changeable Phases of Movements 1, 1972, silver prints on board, 100 x 100 cm, 39 3/8 x 39 3/8 in., © Dóra Maurer © Photo : White Cube (Todd-White Art Photography)

Dóra Maurer — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Dóra Maurer, Proportions, 1976, film, 10’16’’, Courtesy White Cube, © Dóra Maurer

Dóra Maurer — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Dóra Maurer, Proportions, 1976, film, 10’16’’, Courtesy White Cube, © Dóra Maurer

Dóra Maurer — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Dóra Maurer, Seven Turns, 1977-1978, 6 silver gelatine prints, 20 x 20 cm, 7 7/8 x 7 7/8 in. each, Courtesy Balázs – Dénes collection, © Dóra Maurer

Dóra Maurer — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Dóra Maurer, Seven Turns, 1977-1978, 6 silver gelatine prints, 20 x 20 cm, 7 7/8 x 7 7/8 in. each, Courtesy Balázs – Dénes collection, © Dóra Maurer

Dóra Maurer — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Dóra Maurer, Overlappings 12, 2002-2003, acrylic on canvas and wood, 150 x 162 cm, 59 1/16 x 63 3/4 in., © Dóra Maurer, © Photo: White Cube (Todd-White Art Photography)

Dóra Maurer — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Dóra Maurer, Overlappings 33, 2006, acrylic on canvas and wood with graphite wall drawing, 106 x 203 cm, 41 3/4 x 79 15/16 in., © Dóra Maurer, © Photo: White Cube (Ben Westoby)

Dóra Maurer — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Dóra Maurer, IXEK 6, 2011, acrylic on canvas and wood, 125.5 x 208 cm, 49 7/16 x 81 7/8 in., © Dóra Maurer, © Photo: White Cube (Todd-White Art Photography)

Dóra Maurer — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Dóra Maurer, Quod Libet 39, 1999, acrylic on canvas and wood, overall: 240 x 462 cm, 94 1/2 x 181 7/8 in., © Dóra Maurer, © Photo : White Cube (Todd-White Art Photography)

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