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Laszlo Peri

Born in: 1899

Hungary

Biography

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Born 1899 in Budapest and became politicised at an early age. Finished an apprenticeship as a bricklayer and became a student at the workshops for proletariat fine arts in 1919. He was in contact with Kassák and the Activists.

Moved to Vienna, then on to Berlin in 1921, where he created his first abstract geometric reliefs. February 1922 show with Moholy-Nagy at Der Sturm gallery, Berlin. In 1923 his portfolio containing twelve linocuts was published by Der Sturm Verlag. His contributions to constructivism at the time were to challenge the surface of the wall by producing irregularly shaped wall reliefs and to open up new planes; namely the discovery of concrete as a potential sculptural medium (eg. Reclining Woman, 1920; Standing Woman, 1924), colouring it if necessary, and the appreciation of the hard contour as a visual device, as seen in his collages and linoprints, which could be used to create a visual medium hovering between the relief and architecture

1924 constructivist design for a Lenin tribune for the German art exhibition in Moscow; marked the end of his investigations into the non-objective.

Immigrated to England in 1933 after his wife was arrested in possession of Communist propaganda.

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