Context & Identity in Contemporary Hungarian Art

Reimagining the near past and constructing local identities. A Fulbright project by Linnea West (2012-13)

National identity in the visual arts (2): ‘the Long Century’

Prior to 1945, Hungary exhibited an exaggerated nationalism the reflected historical developments and the traditional nation-state narrative in certain symbols and artistic representations, traces of which can still be found … Continue reading

December 21, 2012 · Leave a comment

Meeting with Tamas Dezso

Last Friday, December 14, I met with photographer Tamas Dezso at Mai Mano’s coffee house. Mai Mano is an old Art Nouveau building that now exhibits photography and houses a turn-of-the-century, open … Continue reading

December 20, 2012 · Leave a comment

Meeting with Istvan Csákány

The exhibition The Other Half of the Sky at the Ludwig Museum features selections from the museum’s collection as well as the loan of Ghost Keeping by Istvan Csákány. Ghost Keeping was … Continue reading

December 15, 2012 · 1 Comment

Context and ADD

“Maybe the single most important thing that changed in Eastern and Central European art after the fall of Communism is that contemporary art became less context-bound. Previously there was a … Continue reading

December 11, 2012 · Leave a comment

National identity in the Hungarian visual arts (1): situating oneself in the historic context

Before one can begin to understand how contemporary art relates to and represents Hungarian national identity today, one must situate oneself in the historic context of art and nationalism in … Continue reading

December 8, 2012 · Leave a comment

Studio Visit with Tibor Horváth

After another email introduction courtesy of ACAX, I arranged to meet with conceptual artist Tibor Horváth at his studio in north Buda yesterday, December 5. Borsos Lőrinc had recommended I … Continue reading

December 6, 2012 · Leave a comment