Faces, Masks, Stories

A Selection from the Contemporary Art Collection of the Museum of Fine Arts

18 November 2003 - 18 December 2003

A new exhibition from the contemporary art collection was opened in the Ionic Pyramid exhibition hall at the subterranean level of the Museum. Instead of the earlier exhibition concept which aimed for the presentation of a periodically updated, representative selection of the entire collection, now a different approach was chosen. Because of the great diversity of the works and their large number – the latter far exceeds the limits of what can be shown at a single exhibition –, the future exhibitions of the collection will take on the character of a series. Following the internal structure of the collection, the curators will organize the exhibitions within the framework of a thematic or conceptual context, thus visitors will encounter a selection that is renewed from time to time.

The first exhibition of this series entitled "Faces, Masks, Stories" presented the idea of man as seen by artists of the most recent times – heterogeneous ideas that at the same time reflected certain archetypes. The artists represented at the exhibition came from fourteen European countries that ranged from those near Hungary to Iceland. The exhibition featured the works of several acknowledged personages of the international art world, such as Magdalena Abakanowicz, Karel Appel, Armando, Joseph Beuys, Braco Dimitrijevic, Erró, Rudolf Fila, Endre Rozsda, John Walker or the film director Derek Jarman. The special theme of the exhibition made it possible that pieces whose high quality justifies their public display, yet they may not be included in a representative selection, could be shown from this collection that is very heterogeneous also in forms of art.

The themes planned for future exhibitions are "Light and Mirror", "Time and Memory", "Sensory and Logical Structures", "Energies Released and Restrained", and "The Freedom of Geometry".

Ferenc Tóth