Dora Maurer

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Dora Maurer (born 1937 in Budapest) is a Hungarian artist whose work has spanned a 50-year career.[1] With an emphasis on photography, film, graphic design, amongst other things, Maurer has made herself a household name in the art world. Principally achieving recognition in the 1970s with avant-garde work, Maurer has developed her art career from works with contemporary and modern influences that have been shown worldwide. All of her art is based on mathematical and complex system processes. Most of Maurer's work follows 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. Dora Maurer has in addition been a professor at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Budapest[2] and a curator.


In Dora Maurer's work, geometric, mathematical, and conceptual[3] systems all appear. These are the processes in which her mind thinks when creating her art. Dora Maurer explores different cycles in showing things such as simple actions to make the viewer see her art as movement. She simply gives the viewer examples of things she can do with different objects, to make them think about what they would do. All of Maurer's work displays geometric compositions and designs. She is very methodical with the composition she uses, the images, lines, width of lines, colors, angles, and more. Some of her best known works come from her quasi-photos, her series Reversible and Changeable Phases of Movement, and her most recent series, Overlappings.

While Dora Maurer states that her works are simple examples of what she can do, many critics like to attach political undertones to them. In the past, people have said that her works are examples of the socialist background in which she grew up. It is important to note, however, that Dora Maurer does not consider her art political, nor does she bear the thought in mind when creating. In fact, Maurer has said that the only reason people say her work is political, is because everything made during that time was political.[4] Most of this critique is attributed to her work done in the 1960s to 1980s.


Since 2007

  • Museum Ritter - Snapshots, 18 October 2014-19 April 2015
  • Petr Vesely - NOTHING, 6 December 2011–12 February 2012
  • StartPoint, 12 October 2011–4 December 2011
  • Michal Cernusak, 21 June 2011–25 September 2011
  • Pavel Hayel, 22 June 2010–10 October 2010
  • Esther Stocker, 14 April 2010–6 June 2010
  • Erik Sille, 19 February 2010–11 April 2010
  • Lukas Jasansky/Martin Polak-Jan Merta, 25 September 2009–31 January 2010
  • Christian Stock/A/, 24 April 2009–30 August 2009
  • Jiri Mateju, 5 February 2009–5 April 2009
  • Tomass Hiavina, 28 November 2008–1 February 2009
  • Adam Szentpetery, 19 September 2008–?
  • Barbara Holler-SYSTEMS, 18 April 2008–29 June 2008
  • Jifi David, 21 September 2007–?
  • Zakazane Uvoineni, 4 May 2007–2 September 2007
  • PitoreSKa, 24 January 2007–22 April 2007


  1. ^ "Dora Maurer". Artinfo. Retrieved 28 April 2012.
  2. ^ Wannieck Gallery. "Dora Maurer". Wannieck Gallery. Retrieved 28 April 2012.
  3. ^ Balvanyos, Anna. "Dora Maurer". E-Flux. Retrieved 28 April 2012.
  4. ^ Rappolt, Mark. "Dora Maurer". Art Review. Retrieved 28 April 2012.