Martha BOTO, « Dynamo chromatique » Chromatic Dynamo, 1969

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What I like

I like this kinetic work by Marta Boto for its cheerfulness, its minimalist aspect, its flamboyant chromaticism. It is an iconic work by Boto that she has declined in several sizes, with a variable number of bulbs.

I am very sensitive to the fact that it is the work of a great kinetic artist, recognized by the greatest museums and collectors, which has been exhibited in galleries as important as Denise René in Paris.

She was part of the artistic avant-garde from the 1960s to her death, and followed the path of many other South American artists, who found refuge in Europe and more particularly in France, capital of kinetic art, very forefront of artistic research.

I like the fact that, although it’s a fairly conceptual work, it’s also funny, lively thanks to its engine: one thinks of Nicolas Schöffer’s sculptures, but also of Tinguely’s mechanisms: modernity invites itself into the heart of art and that is beautiful.

And above all, it works, it lives!

I like the fact that this particular example was exhibited in Argentina, proof of the international impact of kinetic art!

The kinetic movement includes most famous artists such as Alexander Calder, Jesus Rafael Soto, Takis…

Technical description

Martha S.BOTO (1925-2004)

“Dynamo Chromatique- Chromatic Dynamo”, 1969

Light installation: lacquered metal box with motor, plexiglass and colored bulbs with gyroscopic systems (working).

The installation is made up of a black lacquered metal box, except for the white lacquered front, the sliding back reveals the mechanism: a dynamo rotates a large circle pierced with different colored filters, in front of four small bulbs. The colored light is visible thanks to four Plexiglas cylinders, whose faceted interior and face are dark with reflective metal.

Original label “BOTO” present and exhibition label on the back “Olstein & Rietti” in Argentina, under the number 32.

Small gaps and wear to the lacquer, visible in the photos.

Dimensions and weight

Height: 38,5cm – Width: 38,5 cm – Depth: 22 cm

Weight: 9 kg

Mix & Match

This work, “Dynamo Chromatique”, well dated 1969 is an ode to joy; it is above all an important work of art, emblematic of its time; but by its size, it is a work of an amateur: it can be placed on a coffee table like the coffee table with its base made up of chrome cylinders from the same period, a console, both from the Louis XVI or Empire period and on our large white painted metal console with glass top.

I contemplate with delight the refinement of this sculpture on the whiteness of the Orsay ensemble by Gae Aulenti, its invigorating presence on the walnut wood of the executive desk from the Banque de France.

It will obviously adapt to the proximity of the kinetic painting by Giuseppe Cueco dated 1973 “Oggetto movimento e casella rossa”.

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The artist

Martha Boto was born in 1925 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Having shown a predisposition for drawing and painting at a very young age, she studied at the Beaux-Arts in Buenos Aires. She graduated in 1946, and officially became a drawing teacher. She returned the following year to the École Supérieure des Beaux-Arts to deepen her knowledge, from which she graduated in 1950.

The year 1954 will mark his transition to geometric abstraction. She joined the Arte Nuevo association in 1956, then joined the following year the group of Argentine Non-Figurative Artists, and participated in numerous concrete art events. It was during this period that she designed her first mobiles, made of Plexiglas. Martha Boto settled in Paris with her companion Gregorio Vardanega in 1959. She then became friends with the entourage of Denise René, whose gallery promoted her work, both in France and outside France. In 1963, Martha Boto began to incorporate electricity into her work, producing her first kinetic works. It is in the same year that she will approach the international movement Nouvelle Tendance, which works for the recognition of kinetics. The following year, Martha Boto was entitled to her first solo exhibition, which took place at the Maison des Beaux-Arts in Paris. She begins to show her light-kinetic boxes there, which will become famous.

In 1967, she participated in the exhibition of the Museum of Modern Art of the city of Paris, “Light and Movement”. A major retrospective of his work was organized in 1969 at the Galerie Denise René. In the 1970s, Martha Boto slowly returned to painting, while seeing all of her work shown around the world.

Martha Boto dies in Paris in 2004

A beautiful authentic work of art at a fair price

This important “Dynamo Chromatique- Chromatic Dynamo” by Marthe Boto has been carefully selected for its aesthetic qualities, its originality and its fair price. Our choice favors above all the acuity of the drawing and the conception, guarantee of a valorization of your new acquisition in your interior and of an ability to dialogue with your furniture, to agree and to mix to create a decoration. unique.

Buying works of art from the 1970s is surely a reasonable investment, so great is the appetite for this period.

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Weight 9 kg
Dimensions 38,5 × 38,5 × 22 cm


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Dominique de Paillerets is passionate about objects and art. He likes to combine Design furniture from the 70s and the 18th century, in the spirit Combining refinement and the spirit of the seventies

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