Klara Borbas: Platon (1993)

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The artwork «Platon» was created during the 3nd Art Symposium (1993), the theme of which was «Art in Politics»

For Hungarian artist Klara Borbas (born 1953), her nightmares are the main source of inspiration for her work, leading her to the creation of primitive architectural superstructures on a small scale. As she notes, “Plato” (1993), is the last of its kind and the largest she ever created. Constructed from Phaestos marble, the archaic gate, which may allude the gate of Plato’s academy, seems to be divided by a nightmarish tiered metallic barrier in the form of a wedge that separates the passage and make it difficult to cross. This violent construct, as well as the contradiction of the dynamics of the piece with the idyllic environment, implies the dilemmas that the artist faced in her life but also the dilemmas of human existence in general in the contemporary sociopolitical scene.


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