Dóra Maurer is a well-known in her native country, familiar to gallery-goers there as one of the leading lights of the Hungarian avant-garde in 1960s and 1970s. Now in her 80s, she is starting to gain recognition further afield. This month Tate Modern will be staging the first UK survey of her five-decade career with a year-long, free exhibition.
Spanning five rooms, the show will start by exploring Maurer’s early career as a print-maker specialising in graphic, geometrical works. Building on this practice she started to experiment with aluminium plates, folding them in repetitive ways before using them to print an abstract image.
Maurer has also experimented with film, photography and painting, all of which incorporates her love of geometry. Several, large-scale paintings that have never before been shown in the UK will be included in the exhibition. One such work, entitled Stage II, is a six-metre long canvas of folding shapes that seem to have both flatness and depth. In such works Maurer explores colour and perception in a manner not dissimilar to Bridget Riley, but without the same dedication to the optical illusion.
Maurer was a central figure in a community of avant-garde artists, musicians and poets working under a socialist government that forced much of their activity underground. Her work is both of its time, and completely timeless and this exhibition promises to show her
|What||Dóra Maurer, Tate Modern|
|Where||Tate Modern, Bankside, London, SE1 9TG | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Southwark (underground)|
05 Aug 19 – 05 Jul 20, Monday to Sunday 10.00–18.00
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