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Focus: Hungary

Rethinking the Hungarian neo-avant-garde: the rediscovery of artistic positions from the 1960s and 1970s

The Hungarian art historian and critic József Mélyi is acting as curator. The special presentation is conceived by three Budapest galleries, acb Gallery, Kisterem, and Vintage Gallery.

 

This year’s special show is dedicated to the Hungarian neo-avant-garde of the 1960s and 1970s, which even today has hardly been recognized. Starting from the development of the unofficial art scene of the neo-avant-garde in Hungary of the early 1960s, the presentation attempts to raise awareness for the various movements that existed in Hungary at the time. Instead of pointing out linear developments, the artistic roots affecting contemporary art production are to be explored – with the aim of invigorating the discourse on the neo-avant-garde both in Hungary and in Central and Eastern Europe.