Műcsarnok Kunsthalle

Mucsarnok / Kunsthalle, Budapest is pleased to present three new exhibitions: !REVOLUTION? and solo shows of Markéta Othová and Deimantas Narkevicius opening on September 27 at 19.00 Artists: Balázs Bela Studio /Magyar Dezso, Alice Creischer/Andreas Siekmann, Latifa Echakhch, Raphael Grisey, Sandra Johnston, Khoór Lilla/Anna Artaker, Haraszti Gina/Kutvölgyi Lena/Bengt Sjölen, Tania Mouraud, Deimantas Narkevicius, Ines Schaber, Peter Watkins Project documentation and films: Bachman Gabor/Rajk Laszlo, Media Research Foundation, B. Revesz Laszlo, Muhi Klara/Der Andras concept: Ulrike Kremeier, Livia Paldi curator of the Budapest edition: Livia Paldi exhibition design: Andreas Mueller The exhibition presents works that, on the one hand, reflected on revolution as a phenomenon along with the modes of its representation in mass media, and, on the other hand, examined artistic modes of interpretation, (re)presentations in mass communication and the basic social conditions of revolution as a socio-politically definitive circumstance. It connects the substantial issues and forms of manifestation (such as demonstrations, spontaneous forms of expression, the role of media, publicity and their symbolic appearance) of revolutions along a time axis with the events preceding and following 1956 (e.g.: the Paris Commune of 1871, the 1919 Soviet Republic of Hungary, the 1968 events in France and the political changes of 1989/1990) and with the current events of our days. The selected works represent several methods which, with the help of formal and/or comparative analysis, endeavor to highlight some striking details in various correlations out of often baffling masses of information. At the same time, the artists direct attention at their own work, that is, artistic activity as a relevant political and social act, insomuch as they make the recipient conscious of the significant intermediary and social responsibility of their artistic activity. The exhibition’s discursive endeavor is further emphasized by its architectural design, which gives ground to multiple interpretations of similar phenomena. The Kunsthalle, Budapest hosts the third edition of the exhibition (after Collegium Hungaricum, Berlin and Centre d’art Passerelle, Brest), augmented with new artistic positions as well as historical documents and documentary films. The exhibition has been supported by Bipolar – Kulturstiftung des Bundes and National Cultural Fund, Budapest Deimantas Narkevicius History continued September 28 – November 11, 2007 Curator: Livia Paldi The film and video work of Deimantas Narkevicius are centered on issues of history and the relation and representability of official and personal memory. His inquests about the politicization of memory and the potentials of representing historical/political events filtered through the personal merge with experiments and employment of diverse cinematic devices and filmic languages. The exhibition in the Budapest Kunsthalle is the artist’s first solo show in Hungary, presenting a selection of video installations from the past 10 years, including one of his latest work, Revisiting Solaris (2007). Markéta Othová “You don’t know me, but I know you” September 28 – November 11, 2007 Curators: Karel Cisar and Livia Paldi Prague based Markéta Othová has been working with photography as a medium since the early 1990s and takes black and white photos almost exclusively. She arranges her large, unframed photographs – which draw from the genre of both documentarism and of classical art photography – in series resembling film sequences or in variable combinations, where juxtaposed empty interiors, everyday objects, still lifes, as well as street scenes may generate unexpected and even uncanny associations. While ceaselessly exploring the current potentials of photography as a medium, Othová’s works direct attention to the points of intersection and poetics of evocation and memory; reality and illusion; presentation and preservation. For further information please contact: Reka Csejdy at rcsejdy@mucsarnok.hu
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