The Great Idol

László Taubert: The Great Idol

(2020, Handshake Europe Sculpture Park)

This etheric sculpture forms a harmonic rhythm-unit with the park’s tree-trunks. The visitors meet an extraordinary visual experience. One may, however, observe a kind of separation in relation to the trees, evolving not only by the stone mass of the plinth, but also by the symmetry and frontality itself.

The true vertical form consists of three parts. The gap between the sylph legs on the lower part expresses aeriality, as well as the slim waist where the lower body ends. The upper part, the chest ascends as simple pyramid. Bowl shaped, as it would just sniff all the spirits of the sky. It’s now clear for all: we see a stylized male figure. The idealized slim body, which became idol in the recent years.

Does a sense of irony also emerge in this phraseology? It reminds me to the sculptures of the Cycladic culture.

Endre Sipos, Art-Philosopher

The artist

László Taubert

Sculptor, born on 14th December 1966 in Budapest. He studied sculpture at the Hungarian College of Fine Arts between 1986 and 1990. Then, between 1990 and 1993, he studied at Masters level at the Hungarian College of Fine Arts under the supervision of István Bencsik. In the mid-1990s, he taught drawing to sculpture students at the Budapest Secondary School of Fine and Applied Arts. He has had numerous solo and group exhibitions around the world. Among his recognitions are the Hermann Lipót Prize and the Koller Foundation Prize.


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