Ganymed Goes Europe – Wroclaw / Budapest / Vienna

Classical Fine Arts – Contemporary Interpretations

31 October 2013.

12 paintings, 12 literary texts, 12 actors

On seven occasions from September to November 2013 the public will have the opportunity to see unique theatre productions at the Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest, organised by the museum itself in cooperation with the Viennese Kunsthistorisches Museum and the Austrian theatre troupe wenn ez soweit ist (“if the time comes”).

The directors of the Austrian theatre formation, Jacqueline Kornmüller and Peter Wolf, invited twelve well-known Hungarian and foreign writers including Péter Esterházy, Krisztián Grecsó, Györgyö Dragomán and Krisztina Tóth, to create artistic texts for each of the inspiring paintings in the museum’s collection. The pieces performed in front of the paintings by twelve actors (including János Kulka, Géza D. Hegedűs, Dorka Gryllus, Dorottya Udvaros and others) can be seen by visitors on Thursday evenings on a total of seven occasions from September to November. The pieces, of a few minutes duration, will be performed repetitively in parallel with each other so that people can decide for themselves how much time they wish to spend before each painting.

The project first began in 2009 with the title Ganymed Boarding in Vienna’s Kunsthistorisches Museum. The unusual, exciting and often surprising pieces brought a new kind of event to the museum and the project was hugely successful, attracting hundreds of curious visitors from evening to evening. The title piece, Ganymed Boarding, was written by Paulus Hochgatterer for Correggio’s The Rape of Ganymede. The project won several prestigious awards: in 2011 the famous Viennese Nestroy theatre award and in 2012 the Bank Austria Art Prize.

Encouraged by the success and the positive feedback, the organisers decided to take the production to other countries of Europe. Having won financial support from the EU, they chose the National Museum in Wrocław and the Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest as the new venues. The original title, Ganymed Boarding, was changed to Ganymed Goes Europe and consists of three programmes: the first one was organised in Wrocław in spring 2013, the second one can be seen in Budapest in the autumn of the same year, while the third one will be presented in spring 2014 in Vienna, where the experiences of the other two participating museums will also be utilised.

 

Performances:

1. MAREK BIEŃCZYK: A FAMILY SLEEPING
Painting: PAINTER ACTIVE IN ROME AROUND 1620 – Sleeping Girl
Performed by KRISZTA BÍRÓ

2. GYÖRGY DRAGOMÁN: ADRENALINE
Painting: JACOPO TINTORETTO – Hercules Expelling the Faun from Omphale’s Bed
Performed by RÉMUSZ SZIKSZAI

3. NOÉMI SZÉCSI: THE SAINT WITHOUT SKIN
Painting: MATTEO DI GIOVANNI – The Apostle St Bartholomew
Performed by GÁBOR DIÓSSI

4. PÉTER ESTERHÁZY: SUDDEN FRIENDSHIP
Painting: FRANCISCO DE GOYA – Portrait of José Antonio Marqués de Caballero
Performed by JÁNOS KULKA

5. LÁSZLÓ DARVASI: THE BULL’S TAIL
Painting: FRANCISCO DE GOYA – The Water Carrier
Performed by DORKA GRYLLUS

6. KRISZTIÁN GRECSÓ: PRIVATEJESUS
Painting: FRANCISCO DE HERRERA – Saint Joseph with the Infant Jesus
Performed by PÉTER TAKÁTSY

7. TERÉZIA MORA: IN MEMORY OF OUR LAST DAYS, WITH LOVE
Painting: ANTHONY VAN DYCK – Portrait of a Married Couple
Performed by DOROTTYA UDVAROS

8. THOMAS GLAVINIC: NAKED
Painting: HANS BALDUNG GRIEN – Eve
Performed by ANNA HAY

9. MIKLÓS VAJDA: NOAH’S DOVE
Painting: JAN BRUEGHEL THE YOUNGER – Paradise Landscape with the Animals Entering Noah’s Ark
Performed by GÉZA HEGEDŰS D.

10. VIRÁG ERDŐS: WINTER LANDSCAPE WITH SKATERS
Painting: HENDRICK AVERCAMP – Frozen River with Skaters
Performed by HERMINA FÁTYOL

11. KRISZTINA TÓTH: THE MIRROR
Painting: JAN KUPEZKY – The Artist and His Family
Performed by SÁNDOR TERHES

12. EDINA SZVOREN: IN A BOAT
Painting: LEO PUTZ – In Boat
Performed by ROZÁLIA SZÉKELY

Times of performances:

Premiere: 26 September 2013 (Thursday) 19.00–22.00

Other performances:
3 October (Thursday) 19.00–22.00
17 October (Thursday) 19.00–22.00 - Tickets sold out
31 October (Thursday) 19.00–22.00 - Tickets sold out
7 November (Thursday) 19.00–22.00 - Tickets sold out
21 November (Thursday) 19.00–22.00 - Tickets sold out
28 November (Thursday) 19.00–22.00 - Tickets sold out

Door opening: 18.15
Ticket Desk opening hours:
Tue-Sun 10.00 –17.00 (on the day of performances till 19.00)
Ticket prices:

Full price: 2000 HUF
Discount (student, pensioner, and those who are quailfied for free entry to permanent exhibition): 1500 HUF



 

Dragomán György
Erdős Virág
Esterházy Péter
Grecsó Krisztián
Marek Bienczyk
Szécsi Noémi
Szvoren Edina
Terézia Mora
Thomas Glavinic
Tóth Krisztina
Vajda Miklós