Sándor (Alexander) Bortnyik. MA VII - IK (Grafikai) Kiállitása (Poster for the 7th graphics exhibition of the Ma group, Budapest). 1919

Sándor (Alexander) Bortnyik MA VII - IK (Grafikai) Kiállitása (Poster for the 7th graphics exhibition of the Ma group, Budapest) 1919

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This rhythmic and intense composition featuring energetic figures contained by a rectangular field captures the turbulence of the era and a burgeoning taste for Futurist and Expressionist design. The poster publicizes an exhibition by MA ("Today" in Hungarian), a group that emerged during World War I and quickly became a leader in the Budapest avant-garde. The first issue of its journal set its revolutionary tone: "The new painter is a moral individual, full of faith and a desire for unity! And his pictures are weapons of war!"

Gallery label from Seeing Red: Hungarian Revolutionary Posters, 1919, February 2–August 1, 2011.
Additional text

This rhythmic and bold composition featuring energetic figures constrained by a rectangular field captures the turbulence of the era and a burgeoning taste for avant-garde design, music and performance. The poster publicizes an exhibition by MA ("Today" in Hungarian), a group that emerged during World War I and quickly became a leader in the Budapest avant-garde. The dynamic forms reflect the group's interest in Futurism and Expressionism.

Gallery label from Making Music Modern: Design for Ear and Eye, November 15, 2014–January 17, 2016.
Medium
Lithograph
Dimensions
37 3/8 x 24 13/16" (95 x 63 cm)
Credit
Gift of Joseph H. Heil, by exchange
Object number
139.2010
Department
Architecture and Design

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