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Transferred Red Painting to Paris

A work made of chromogenic print and painted red cloth mounted on paper, from the series "transfer paintings".
© 1974 Gabor Attalai / Courtesy of Vintage Gallery, Budapest.

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  • A work made of chromogenic print and painted red cloth mounted on paper, from the series "transfer paintings".

Date:

1974

Artist:

Gábor Attalai
Hungarian, 1934–2011

About this artwork

In 1974 Gábor Attalai was allowed to visit Paris and London—a rare privilege in Communist Hungary. In advance of his travels, he prepared several works in which he affixed swatches of red canvas in pairs to a larger white canvas (red and white were the colors of the Russian Constructivist movement, founded 1920, which had early adherents in Hungary). Attalai then ripped one square from each work and adhered it to a tourist location in the cities he visited, photographing the swatch in situ and gluing his photograph onto the larger canvas when he returned home. The exchange of his textile, grounded in modern art from Eastern Europe, for a photograph taken in France established a dialogue between institutions and histories of art in East and West.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Photography and Media

Artist

Gábor Attalai

Title

Transferred Red Painting to Paris

Origin

Hungary

Date

Made 1974

Medium

Chromogenic print and painted red cloth mounted on paper, from the series "Transfer Paintings"

Dimensions

50 × 53 cm (overall); 8.9 × 12.6 cm (photograph); 9 × 11 cm (painting, ma×imum)

Credit Line

Gift of Vintage Gallery, Budapest

Reference Number

2011.252

Copyright

© 1974 Gabor Attalai / Courtesy of Vintage Gallery, Budapest.

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