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Kosice featured in Pompidou exhibition

Argentine artist Gyula Kosice in a 2011 file photo.
Argentine artist Gyula Kosice in a 2011 file photo.

Established Argentine artist will have 15 works on display in Paris starting October 23

Gyula Kosice’s kinetic art will be on display for six months at the Centre Pompidou in Paris. The prominent contemporary artist acknowledges as “an emotional event” the inclusion of his work in the large-scale exhibition “Multiple Modernities, a New History of Modern Art”, which gathers more than 1,000 works produced between 1905 and 1970 by 400 artists from 47 countries. The exhibition opens October 23.

Under the title “Kosice and Concrete Art,” 15 works completed by the Argentine artist between 1947 and 1963 will be shown in one of the halls of the Centre Pompidou.

“My works have to speak for me, if I try to explain them in any way, I end up removing or adding something, so you just have to see them,” Kosice told reporters recently. Trying to explain his long trajectory, the Hungary-born artist turns to his collection of photos which shows him next to big names such as Ray Bradbury, Jean Paul Sartre, Le Corbusier, Umberto Eco: “I’m always more than well connected but my best work is always my last, since it encompasses the best synthesis of fixed mistakes,” he says.

“I became an Argentine when I was 18 and now I represent Argentina at the Pompidou. I was moved by the possibility to show my work to so many people over an uninterrupted period of six months,” he told reporters.

Kosice revealed that he will also take to Paris a work which isn’t currently listed in the exhibition’s catalogue, “a semi-hemisphere containing moving water.” He says kinetic art is not an obsession but “an essential necessity; if I don’t do it, I feel suffocated. I’ve already removed the word ‘metaphysics’ from my dictionary, because it’s dividing; it references a sum of possibilities which can be applied to philosophy but which don’t signify anything, accurately at least, in a work of art. And what I’m looking for is accuracy in art,” Kosice told reporters.

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