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„The public (society) has up to the present day been convinced that if art abandons the copying of our ardently loved reality, it comes to an end at once; and they despair when they see how the hated element of pure sensation  ‘abstraction’ gains ground…” (Malevich 1913-15)


Carmelo ARDEN QUIN (F) 1987

To no effect have eighty years passed since, have the isms building from geometric elements taken place and found their way to museums, have modern architecture and design dominated our everyday lives, has cyberspace filled the air –  yet this so-called „artificial world” still seems to be alien to the human soul.

All this in spite of the fact that not only the human organism, but also the human mind, spirit and all their products are a part of nature and the universe. Art is not equivalent with the world of mimicry, reproduction, illustration and illusion deriving from the „source of life”. The „exact” world based on seemingly irrefutable axioms, the world of science has always provided the greatest surprises to mankind. No wonder that the incessantly seeking creative mind draws on this sphere of our existence. In the world of mathematics and geometry there is no space for circumlocution and persuasion.

Geometric art is exact, it has been called into existence by the abstract thought. Rooted in geometric abstraction, MADI bears the fundamental laws in mind, and, similarly to nature, aims at completeness:

through its Moving planar and spatial constructions it overbalances our usual sense of physics; it builds an Abstract world, the world of the mind and of pure sensation; meanwhile, it makes our mental axons scan infinite Dimensions, microscopic and macroscopic worlds; and at the same time its Inventive, playful combinations of colours and shapes affect our motions, they cheer us up.

MADI is the art of joy.

As the heirs of the periodical MA first issued in 1916 by Lajos Kassák, following in the tracks of Moholy, Péri, Huszár, Schöffer, Kepes and Vasarely – one can cling to these strong „Hungarian roots”! –  we issue this new international periodical as a fortress in defense of geometric abstract art, par excellence of „art” in general.

After MA, the time has now come for MADI.

The Editors