Context & Identity in Contemporary Hungarian Art

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

Possibly About to Come?

Recently I had the chance to hear curator Lene Ter Haar present “Possibly About To Come: A 90-minute exhibition between visual silence and rehearsing revolution” at the Ludwig Museum. The … Continue reading

March 27, 2013 · 1 Comment

Okwui Enwezor, Margins, and Nationalism at the Venice Biennial

Okwui Enwezor, a prominent art historian and curator, spoke at the lecture series on Theoretical and Critical Problems of the Margins Today at the Ludwig Museum on February 19th. This lecture series … Continue reading

February 20, 2013 · 1 Comment

“What is Hungarian?” Interview Questions

Gabor Gulyas, director of the Mucsarnok, was the curator of the What is Hungarian? exhibition held there August to October of 2012.  As I’ve mentioned, What is Hungarian? (Mi a magyar?) … Continue reading

November 30, 2012 · Leave a comment

“What is Hungarian?” Exhibition Text

It is productive to read the text that accompanied What is Hungarian? at the Kunsthalle briefly and consider how it presents itself as an exhibition. Introducing the overall context of the exhibition, the … Continue reading

November 5, 2012 · Leave a comment

Authenticity and Calculation: Language Choices in Art

The message of this 1993 work is more relevant today. I saw Stilinović’s work in the Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, but I had already heard about in in context … Continue reading

October 30, 2012 · Leave a comment

What is Hungarian? (Mi a Magyar?) Exhibition at the Kunsthalle, Budapest

The What is Hungarian? exhibition at the Kunsthalle (Mucsarnok) brings together over 50 Hungarian artists in a large exhibition that covers a diverse group of perspectives on a rather contentious topic. As … Continue reading

October 24, 2012 · 3 Comments

Violent political humor

October 20, 2012 · Leave a comment

Greater Hungary 2

Two-thirds refers to the amount of land Hungary lost in the Treaty of Trianon after World War I, a topic that still weighs on the national consciousness. Another poster also … Continue reading

October 19, 2012 · Leave a comment

Hard times on people’s plates

“Today’s dream: pork shank” reads the first image, and below, “I once had / I will have.” The last image reads: “Pasta again.”

October 17, 2012 · Leave a comment

Negative assessment of Hungary today

Surrounded by vandalism, pollution, fires, demonstrations and other social ills, why is that happy face being put up, you might wonder.

October 15, 2012 · Leave a comment