Katalin Néray: From neo-avantgarde to transavantgarde

Art historical research has only recently started investigating the ’hidden dimensions’ of the art of the 1960’s, the birth of Hungarian neo-avantgarde. We are now beginning to see clearly   the course of development which led progressive Hungarian art from the painters of nagybánya, through the Café Japan and the Grand Hall of an Inner City Industrial Planning Institute /IPARTERV to the other ’alternative’premises. These were exhibitions held in private apartments, various clubs and hotels, and cellars and attics and even int he lion cave at the zoo...


Katalin Néray: Towards the End of the Millenium: Hungarian Artist

In January 1990 numerous debates broke out in the Hungarian press over whether 1990 signified the beginning of the nineties or the end of the eighties. If the bounderies of art historical periodicization are examined, the situation becomes even more complicated; it's common knowledge now that the legendary "sixties" ended with the student revolutions of 1968. In the United States Barbara Rose organized the exhibition "Art of the Eighties" in 1979; postmodernism in architecture has been written about and discussed now since the end of the fifties, at a time when it was completely inappropriate in the fine arts.
can we even speak about the art of the nineties, in 1991? Undoubtedly, in 1990 the radical political changes in Central and Eastern Europe marked the end of an era in one blow. But how should we wiew the outlines of the new period?...


László Beke: Art during changes

…Two such turning points in Hungarian history readily present themselves as appropriate. One is 1956, the year of the Hungarian revolution, the other is 1990, the year of the first democratic elections in more than four decades. We chose the watershed year of 1956 as the dividing line, simply because it marked changes in artistic trends that began around that time, while the system change of 1990 produced only the fruition of a more free artistic expression that germinated in 1953 after Stalin’s death, took roots in the 1970s, and began to grow in 1984...


Lóránd Hegyi: Radical Eclecticism as Project

The last decade has seen many debates about the status of painting within both an international and national context. We found the beginning of the eighties announcing the "rebirth" of painting, which at the time had a paradigmatic role int he formation of a new attitude or perspective towards art. It was also then that painting, rather unluckily, became syninymous with every new ambition or change, dismissing the fact that installation or more object oriented art were blossoming concurrently with this "New Painting"...