April 18, 2010 - Badischer Kunstverein - IPUT and Invisible History of Exhibitions
April 18, 2010

IPUT and Invisible History of Exhibitions

Tamás St.Auby
Zentaur, 1973-1975
Courtesy of the artist

IPUT (Superintendant: Tamás St.Auby)

Invisible History of Exhibitions
Parallel Chronologies

24 April – 20 June 2010
Opening: Friday, 23 April, 7 pm


Badischer Kunstverein
Waldstraße 3
D – 76133 Karlsruhe
+49 (0)721-28226


In collaboration with the independent project-space tranzit.hu from Budapest, the Badischer Kunstverein is presenting a joint exhibition and events programme. The cooperative project covers a period beginning in the 1960s, leading to politically and socially relevant questions of today.

At the center of the exhibition on the upper floor of the Kunstverein is the project IPUT by the Hungarian-Swiss artist Tamás St.Auby, which is being presented in Germany on this scale for the first time. St.Auby founded the ‘International Parallel Union of Telecommunication’ (IPUT), an organisation parallel to the status quo, in 1968 and has developed various projects within this context. Initially St.Auby made ‘picture poems’ and ‘concrete poems’ in the 1960s and organised the first Hungarian happening in 1966, with Gábor Altorjay. He translated and distributed texts by the Fluxus movement, organised happenings, actions, action theatre and the first Fluxus concert in Hungary in 1969. In 1975 St.Auby was expelled for participation in the Samizdat-movement from the country and spent most of his 15-year exile in Geneva. Among other projects, he began to work more intensively on his project around the margin of subsistence (‘Subsist.ence Level St.andard Project 1984 W’), which plays a central role in the exhibition. Another important element is the film ‘Centaur’ (1973-75) which, because of its criticism of the working and social conditions, was banned by the Hungarian authority in 1975. After its successful presentation at the Istanbul Biennal 2009 the film can now be seen for the first time in Germany.

Invisible History of Exhibitions. Parallel Chronologies

In the Waldstraßensaal ‘Invisible History of Exhibitions. Parallel Chronologies’ presents a documentary selection from the same-named project of tranzit.hu, which critically illuminates the exhibition as a presentational format for art. The exhibition shows surveys and research in form of photographic, film and textual documentation. The Hungarian artist Tamás T. Kaszás has developed a unique display for the presentation at the Badischer Kunstverein.

The ‘Free School for Art Theory and Practice’ also takes place in the Waldstraßensaal; an educational and intermediary model, which has been run by tranzit.hu for several years and has now been transferred to the Badischer Kunstverein. Workshops and talks from theorists and artists from Hungary convey insights into the themes of the exhibition.

Invited are the curator Lívia Páldi, the theorist and curator Beata Hock and the initiative Impex-Contemporary Art Provider (Rita Kálmán /Katarina Ševiĉ).

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Curated by Dóra Hegyi/tranzit.hu and Anja Casser/Badischer Kunstverein.

The exhibition is presented in the context of Karlsruhe’s 20th Festival of European Culture 2010.

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