Review

Remembrance and cognition

Last autumn the Hungarian National Gallery held its first contemporary pop-up exhibition, linked to the temporary exhibitions. This summer saw the opening of the third part of the thematic series, the pop-up exhibition Camera Lucida, accompanying the Fortepan photography exhibition Every Past is My Past.

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How to Make a Manual?

Depicting the different stages of various actions, the photos are taken out of context by Ruth van Beek, and grouped according to her own subjective aspects, mainly along the lines of iconographic or visual associations.

I didn’t cease / But somehow…/ I do not exist

Andi Gáldi Vinkó’s latest work, Sorry I Gave Birth I Disappeared But Now I’m Back strikes multiple chords in diverse registers in an unusually concentrated and complex manner, offering a tragic, comical, poetic, vulgar, objective, heart-wrenching, shocking and disgusting, to put it simply, dense description of motherhood, or more precisely, the initial stage of motherhood as she experienced it.

Faith, Language, Violence

The show Furnishing the Meaning presented seemingly quite a different series of photographs by three young artists in one space.

Image archaeology and treasure hunting

Kessels is considered a real superstar in the field of found photography; in the past years, he has had shows at the most important exhibition venues and art festivals in Europe and all over the world, where he presented his series and the more than 60 publications he compiled of them.

Art Lying Down

On 1 May 2019 (Labour Day), Zsombor Pólya lay in the sun for a full hour at an art camp. In itself, this was a private deed rather than a piece of news or an event within the art circle.

A Great Novel at the Hungarian National Gallery

Fortepan was the name of a type of negative film manufactured by a state-owned enterprise that came into being through the nationalisation of the former Kodak factory in Vác. It is also the name chosen by the online archive, which has been accessible since August 2010 and which now has 114,810 categorised and searchable keywords.

Man with Razors

Gábor Gerhes is like the Bibliographic Institute of Brussels: he adds to the (epistemological) chaos, as there is nothing else he can do, he sees no way out, not even a tiny hole through which he could get a glimpse of reality, the splendid world of permanently established cardinal meanings where nothing is false and everything is true.

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To Not Insist on Calling It Art – On Attila Csörgő

Since his comprehensive show at the Ludwig Museum in 2009, Attila Csörgő has not really been present in the Hungarian scene except for one or two appearances; rather, his works were featured internationally.

Asylum from Steel Sheets and Porn

“Evoking one of the most pressing questions of present-day politics with its bare title, The Asylum conforms to a succession of utterly consistent exhibitions in terms of use of media as well as social sensitivity. “

Sewing Machine and Traffic Accident: UKI 2019

“Nicknamed Uki, by now well-established and regarded amongst fanzine enthusiasts as a must-see event, the convention’s mission is to popularise zine-culture in Hungary and bring the local zine community together – in other words, to create a kind of platform.”