Stille - Exhibition by Mona Zimen and György Király
An exhibition of sculptures by Mona Zimen and paintings by György Király recently opened at the Stadtturm Galerie in Vielshofen, Bavaria, Germany.
Mysteries that everyone senses
Katalin Ladik is an internationally recognized figure of the Yugoslavian and Hungarian neo-avantgarde, and she is among the great rediscoveries of recent years. The prevailing assessment of Ladik in Hungary has shifted dramatically. Originally stigmatized as the “naked poetess,” she is now regarded as a renowned and even defining figure on the Hungarian art scene as a visual artist, poet, and radical female performer. This shift clearly illustrates a more general turn in perceptions. Several important initiatives from recent years that were intended to spread this turn in broader circles are worth mentioning, for instance the Secondary Archive, which is the most recent history of art written by women. The Archive offers a detailed overview from distinctive perspectives of the oeuvres of women artists from Central and Eastern Europe.
“What you see is what you get, reality doesn’t pretend to be anything else than what it is.”
Hans van der Meer was born in 1955 in the Netherlands and is considered the most distinctive Dutch documentary photographer of his generation. On the occasion of his exhibition titled Minor mysteries on view until 23 december at the Robert Capa Contemporary Photography Center in Budapest we were also able to meet him – so we talked about the pictures he took in Budapest in the 1980s and the time he spent in Hungary, the relationship between photographs and words, his archive, and a tiny bit about football too.
“Ballenesque is a viewpoint of the world from my psyche”
Roger Ballen was born in the United States in 1950 and now living and working in Johannesburg, South Africa for more than forty years. We talked with one of the best-known photographers of our time apropos of his exhibition in Budapest, where we discussed the path from documentary to staged photographs, his interest in psychology, the complex relations between language and photographs, and his works at this year's Biennale Arte in Venice.
From Eastern Hungary to France
In the life and oeuvre of an artist, there is often little of consistency to allow general conclusions to be drawn. The majority of artists, writers, thinkers and even scientists ebb and flow through better and worse periods. What is almost certain, however, is that the human characteristics and stages of individual artists cannot be explained with anything other than the undeniable differences in their personalities, their convictions and their private lives.
“No single piece of a meme is a masterpiece”
I lost useful hours to this meme page laying on my sofa scrolling through all the witty memes about the contemporary art market and art theory. Besides being a big fan I wanted to figure out the motivation and drive behind the two-year-long activity that created 1340 posts so far—all of them focusing on daily happenings and existential questions in the art world.
Lili Agg: The Possibility of an Island
You go down into a renovated cellar of a baroque castle in the middle of a sparsely populated village in South-West Hungary to find an unexpected exhibition of an emerging Hungarian artist. The contrasts between the extremely sizzling summer sun and the natural coolness of the basement creates tense atmosphere for Lili Agg’s installations.
Gold und Liebe XI. – a conversation with Šimon Kadlčák on Brno, corporality and the exhibition series Spooky Butt.
Šimon Kadlčák (CZ) (*1990) works interdisciplinary in the field of contemporary visual art. Along with his own artistic practice he co-founded an independent experimental off-space Zaazrak|Dornych in Brno, Czech Republic. He explores the theme of dissolving identity of an individual in the collective or in the altered states of consciousness, that includes topics such as autonomy, freetekno, football or the Hussite movement. In the past years he exhibited solo at Berlinskej model, 35m2 Gallery, Jelení Gallery or National Gallery in Prague and at group shows at PLATO Ostrava, Kunsthalle Bratislava or Galerie Emila Filly in Ústí nad Labem. He lives in Brno where he also graduated at the Intermedia Department at the local Faculty of Fine Arts.
Gold und Liebe XI. – Bublina
Bublina is an online magazine created by students from different studios of Brno’s art university FaVU VUT. Within this multimedial platform they explore the possibilities of digital publishing as a space for presentation, dialogue and collaboration. In the third issue with the theme Brave Space, they decided to sign the codex of the feminist art institution, which defines the principles of their work ethics. The main aim of the crew is to support their colleague students and also to create a self-made institution with a progresive approach of communication not only with the general public, but also within the collective itself.
I grabbed a hammer and smashed my reflection
She ranks high among women who integrate aggression into their art. Her main media are textile, her own body, video, and, lastly, light. She lives in Switzerland but dreams in Hungarian.
Gold und Liebe X – Hollow
Hollow embodies the shared hallucinations of choreographer Viktor Szeri, game designer Tamás Páll, and curator Gyula Muskovics. They have been working collectively since 2018, combining their visible and immaterial forces with sound and game mechanics to create immersive environments and cross-reality experiences. They merge the methodologies of choreography and contemporary dance with poetics, augmented reality, and live action role-playing to build world prototypes where the dominant systems of consensual reality can be questioned and modified. Hollow has provided access in various forms to the land of obscurity, investigating topics and contexts such as queer cruising, millennial cults, eco-anxiety, nature as a black box, and walking as a psychoactive substance. Hollow is constantly becoming, and most of their performances and installations are ongoing. Moving seamlessly across virtual terrains and the corporeal, they blur the line between fictional and consensual realms and distill personal domains into collective experiences. Hollow is a shapeshifter; they melt and mutate in the moment and the space they occupy. They are a crucible where identities and narratives dissolve and bleed into each other.
Gold und Liebe IX. – Šimon Sýkora
Šimon Sýkora (1990) lives and works in Prague and Vienna. He graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts, Prague in 2019. He participated in the study programs of Unarte Bucharest (2016) and TNUA Taipei (2018). His attitude as an artist is characterized by primitivism and sensitivity, working with themes such as absurdity, embarrassment, irony and apathy. Through his paintings, he captures distant characters, silently provocative inhabitants of terrains the rules of which we are not even aware of; while his performative practice dives in the bizarre spheres of political extremism.
Gold und Liebe VIII. – Utopia is an existence of uselessness
Rhizome parking garage is a decentralized art project. Through art, music, writing, and the creation of decentralized networks it hopes to help create a desire to shift the structural asymmetries.
Gold und Liebe VII. – Utca & Karrier
Utca & Karrier (U&K) is an underground platform, focusing on politics, culture and arts. It aims to represent a critical, young creative scene and to build an institution in a counter-institutionalist manner by giving voice to new thought and perspectives. The magazine was founded in Budapest, in 2018 and has been operating ever since with a growing net of collaborating artists and writers. Following the previous issues (Application, Violence, Knifes, Flames and Golden Age) U&K is currently preparing its 6th publication, Phoenix.
As One Plays with the Shifting Patterns of a Kaleidoscope
Flowers with human faces, salamanders, hermaphrodites, kind freaks, liberating demons; art opening a door to chaos. Or, what if what we considered chaos so far, is closer to us, than order is?