Constructive-Concrete Wanted 1.
24 September 2008 – 31 December 2008
24 September 2008 - 24 October 2008
The Open Structure Art Society was established two and a half years ago. Its founders are prominent, senior Hungarian representatives of constructive geometric art: Tamás Konok, Katalin Hetey, Tibor Gáyor, István Haraszty, Dóra Maurer, István Nádler, and István Haász. Further members include: Paris-based Vera Molnár and Judit Nemes; András Szőllősi-Nagy, art collector; Júlia N.Mészáros, Director of the Municipal Museum of Győr; and Zoltán Prosek, leader of the renewed Paks Gallery. The Society was established in order to systematise the oeuvre, art and document collection of its members, as well as to maintain these for posterity, render them researchable and occasionally, present exhibit in various contexts. As is well known, Hungarian geometric-constructivist art did not end with the works of such activists as Kassák, Moholy-Nagy, Kepes, Schöffer, Vasarely and others; it continued in the 60s and there are still young artists who cultivate this non-descriptive, constructivist-researching method.
The Society has been organising exhibitions in Hungary for the past two and a half years in the Vasarely museum of Budapest (which belongs to the Museum of Fine Art) and in international institutions, on invitation. These shows feature – through thematic presentations – the works of young and aging artists living in Hungary and other European countries. Topics have until now included: light and movement, real and apparent, colour, black and white, and conceptuality. The exhibitions are accompanied by informative, colour catalogues. In conjunction with the themes, we have published a study volume by Josef Albers entitled The Interaction of Colours in Hungarian ("Színek kölcsönhatása" – in cooperation with the Hungarian University of Fine Arts and the Aktisz Studio), the facsimile edition of László Beke's 1971 collection entitled Notion, the Beginnings of Hungarian Concept Art („Elképzelés, a magyar konceptművészet kezdetei" – in collaboration with transit.hu) is currently being printed.
The current exhibition entitled Constructive-Concrete Wanted 1 features works from artists between the ages of 26 and 40, who are already partly known in the Hungarian art scene. The fresh and older pieces – of the latter, a few have already been presented in other contexts at other shows – scarcely reveal any traces of the strict principles of concrete art as articulated in the 1930s. Nor do we call artists to account for them. Rather, we expect that which can, from today's perspective and basic human standpoint, expand the concept and sphere of constructive-concrete artwork by virtue of its research-oriented – rather than salvation-promising – nature. The title that represents the works, which have originated from various fields of thought, reinterprets and enhances the autonomous realness of the pieces.
The exhibition – whose continuation is planned for 2009 with the inclusion of works by younger Austrian, Slovakian, Czech, Polish, German, French, and Swiss artists – features paintings, painted objects, projected images, light works, photos and sculptures.
Curator: Dóra Maurer, with the assistance of the participating artists
24 September – 31 October 2008, Vasarely Museum, Budapest, Szentlélek tér 6.
Information: Dóra Maurer, ZG1hdXJlciMxISsjYzMuaHU= tel: +36 1 251 0867 Veronika Bába, Szépművészeti Múzeum, +36 70 336 7508 Mónika Kumin, Szépművészeti Múzeum, Tel.: 469 7259