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?...