Curator: Ágnes Bakonyvári M.
MAK-MAOE Exhibition Hall
29 October – 9 November 2008
The aim of the maecenas:
The aim of Ilona Léna Orosz Dr., owner of the Léna & Roselli Gallery is to present an authentic national portrait through the values of culture and art, in opposition with the image of Hungary distorted by economic achievements.
Presentation of such a selection of contemporary Hungarian graphics together with East European parallelisms can help forming a more authentic image of Hungary and Eastern Europe for art professionals as well as for the public.
The exhibition of artworks of different generations is modelling the last decades’ change in East European cultural identity.
The conception of the curator:
Since the 1950s Hungarian art has shaped regarding Western processes as ideals, mostly because of the presumed intellectual freedom of their social circumstances.
This significant power resulted in creative processes with exaggerated theoretical preparation, philosophical estrangement and a chosen control from outside.
Thus endeavors presenting an actual, valid way to define reality in Central and Eastern Europe have been ignored in the last five decades. Accordingly we have to face the question if it’s still possible to redefine, philosophically and morally develop these endeavors today.
Significant manifestations of contemporary Hungarian art interpreteng this question are on show in the Léna & Roselli Gallery’s “GRAPH-EAST” international exhibition.
Parallel phenomenons of East and Central European graphics :
According to the original conception of the exhibition, Bulgarian, Czech, Croatian, Polish, Russian, Serbian, Slovakian and Slovenian curators were requested to prepare a collection of artworks representing the cultural and social historical determination in East and Central European graphic art.
This initiative resulted in notable professional cooperation with the embassies and cultural institutes of the above mentioned nations in Budapest as well as with art galleries and art groups abroad.
Ágnes Bakonyvári M.
art historian, curator of the exhibition,
Léna & Roselli Gallery
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