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Dóra Maurer

Thinking in Proportions

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Dóra Maurer once said that the theme central to her work is "movement in respect to the conceptual and factual effects of displacement". And indeed, her extensive oeuvre produced since the end of the 1960s consistently documents movement and displacement, specifically with regard to systematics and structurality. It is the duality emanating from a particular, predetermined system combined with the subsequent observation of unforeseen deviations and ruptures that characterizes the process Maurer realized in a multi-faceted form over the course of her artistic career: from her early graphic works to her displacements as she calls them, and culminating in the "quasi-images" that she derived from spatial painting in the 1980s and 90s. Since 1973 Maurer produced a series of films in loose succession that fit in with her investigation of structure and its inherent variability. Initially, these works were solely committed to the concept of repetition and the measurability of movement, but they increasingly became concerned with a conceptual questioning of the image, closely tied to momentary fragmentations of body, movement and space. The "systems" she utilized range from seemingly simple, everyday acts (i.e. the reading of a book), to highly abstract image sequences (i.e. the presentation of purely monochrome color fields). This broad spectrum indicates early on how Maurer´s methodical approach was for all intents and purposes quite universal, although it never explicitly spread to forms of political or social systematics. And yet there is an implicit concern – and perhaps thereby unconsciously more urgent - in regard to the possibility of "dropping out of the system," as art historian Judit Király maintains.

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Biography

born 06.11.1937 in Budapest
1955-61 Studies at the Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts, first at the Department of Painting, subsequently at the Department of Graphic Art
1963-66 Series of etchings: Pompeii, Pictures of the Night translation of Anton Webern’s series of lectures, entitled Ways to New Music, published by the Music Publishing House, Budapest
1967-68 Stipend in Vienna, marriage to artist Tibor Gáyor, since that time resides in both cities
1973- Experimental films, guest, then a member of the Béla Balázs Film Studio; organises exhibitions, edits arts publications, writes and translates, holds lectures
1975-77 Directs (with Miklós Erdély and György Galántai) a Circle of Creativity at the Ganz Mávag Cultural House, Budapest
1976 Her volume Etching, Engraving (Rézkarc, rézmetszet) published by the Corvina Publishing House, Budapest)
1981-83 Leads a study circle of photography and Super-8 film, Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest
1985- Membership in the Austria Filmmakers Cooperation
1987-91 Guest professor at the Hungarian Academy of Applied Arts, Budapest; becomes a member of the Internationales Künstlergremium
1987-89 Film stipend, and subsequently a one-year painting stipend, from the Austrian Ministry for Education and Arts
1988 Stipend József öEtvös Foundation of the Hungarian Ministry of Culture
1990- Lecturer at the Hungarian University of Fine Arts leading an interdisciplinary painting class
1993- Member of the Széchenyi Academy of Literature and Arts, Budapest
1998 Qualified for lecturer at the Faculty of Arts, University of Pécs, Hungary
1999-02 Széchenyi Professor Stipend
2000 Grant from the Soros Foundation
2001 Corresponding member of the Saxon Academy of Arts, Dresden; Prize of Pro Cultura Urbis, Budapest
2003 Kossuth Prize; Professor at the Hungarian University for Arts
2006 Founding member of Open Structures Art Society (OSAS), Budapest, curator of international exhibitions in the Museum Vasarely, Budapest; translation of Josef Albers&accent Interaction of Color, ed. Hungarian University for Fine Arts – Studio Arktisz Budapest
2006-12 Head of an intensive color course at the Hungarian University for Fine Arts
2008 Professor emerita
2013 Award for Concrete Art in Europe from the Peter C. Ruppert Foundation

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Content
2
Relatv Lengések / Relative swingings
1973
10 min
3
1973
10 min
4
Arányok / Proportions
1979
10 min
5
Triolák / Triolets
1980
11 min
6
1980
10 min
7
1989
17 min

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