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  • ICAA Record ID
    1274862
    AUTHOR
    Saguí, Teresita
    TITLE
    [A partir de la revista "Arturo", las primeras obras Madí...] / Teresita Saguí
    IN
    Kosice: Obras, 1944-1990 : Museo Nacional De Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Abril/mayo 1991. -- Buenos Aires : Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, 1991
    LANGUAGES
    Spanish
    TYPE AND GENRE
    Book/pamphlet article – Essays
    BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION
    Kosice, Gyula. Kosice: Obras, 1944-1990 : Museo Nacional De Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Abril/mayo 1991. Buenos Aires: Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, 1991
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Synopsis

On the one hand, an excerpt from the text by the Mendoza-based poet and writer Teresita Saguí Mendoza, reproduced in the folder of Gyula Kosice’s first retrospective exhibition at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Buenos Aires in May 1991, reinforces the artist’s trajectory: from the magazine Arturo, through Madí group, to hydraulic and light works. On the other, the author observes a participatory character of his works—they “induce” imaginative responses from the viewer/reader, constructing the space of freedom.

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Gyula Kosice (né Fernando Fallik, 1924) was born in Košice in present-day Slovakia, but has lived in Argentina since the age of four. A visual artist, poet, essayist, and visionary, he has been associated with some of the most influential Argentine avant-garde groups and movements. He served as a co-editor of Arturo magazine (1944) [For Kosice’s statement from Arturo, “La aclimatación artística gratuita a las llamadas escuelas…,” see the ICAA digital archive (doc. no. 729940).] and was a member of the association Arte Concreto—Invención (1945–46) (docs. no. 731671, 731530, 770319) and the Madí group (established in 1946) (docs. no. 743081, 731954, 731995, 731968, 742696, 732154, 743080). He is credited with the pioneering use of such materials as neon tubes, Plexiglas, water, and light, which positions him as one of the precursors of Kinetic art. His opus magnum, The Hydrospatial City [La ciudad hidroespacial], which he started in 1946, was first unveiled in 1971 [For more information on The Hydrospatial City, see (docs. no. 1274910, 1274894, 1274878).].

Researcher
Dorota Biczel; ICAA Team
Team
International Center for the Arts of the Americas, MFAH, Houston, USA
Credit
Courtesy of the private archives of Gyula Kosice, Buenos Aires, Argentina