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Tibor Hajas

1946 - 1980

1 Works exhibited on Kooness

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Works by Tibor Hajas

Surface Torture


20 x 30cm

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Tibor Hajas (1946 - 1980) was, by current consensus, the greatest Hungarian poet/writer/performance artist of his generation. Conceptual and Actionist as an artist, as a poet and a writer, he is venerated for his precise—pushed to the limits to the point of utmost cruelty—use of language. Hajas, star of the Budapest underground of the 1970s, was “pushed” into the visual arts by the death of his friend, the sculptor Istvan Dombrovszky. His early Fluxus related actions, Letter to my Friend in Paris (1975) and Self-Fashion Show (1976) were made in dialogue with the Paris street-plays of Janos Gat. After 1978, his performances, in which his own body turns into the medium, were done exclusively for the camera of the photographer János Vető. In these theatrical, ritualistic, and exceedingly beautiful works, Hajas probed life at its limits.