Real and Virtual Spaces II.

Exhibition in the Vasarely Museum

29 September 2006 - 29 October 2006

An exhibition with the title Real and Virtual Spaces has opened in the Vasarely Museum of the Museum of Fine Arts. The exhibition material has been selected from the works of the great classic artists of Hungary, some artists of the international avant-garde of the 1960s, some members of the Hungarian neo-avantgarde, and the young generation of Hungarian artists. This exhibition is already the second one organised in the museum in Óbuda by the Open Structures Arts Association (Nyílt Struktúrák Művészeti Egyesület).

In their joint undertaking the Museum of Fine Arts and the Open Structures Arts Association envision the Vasarely Museum as a new forum of international art – a communal place to successfully mediate the values of contemporary art towards a wider audience. The Open Structures Arts Association was formed in February 2006 in Budapest as an independent initiative by artists who acted in their capacity as private individuals, their aim being to create a forum for themselves and their works on the one hand and to engage their younger and older colleagues both at home and abroad in an extended dialogue on the other. The first exhibition, which was organised by the Open Structures Arts Association and closed on 10th September, displayed the works of the association's members.

At the current exhibition visitors will have the opportunity to view photograms, op-art paintings, object-images, holograms, light sculptures and interactive electronic installations, among others, all on the theme of Real and Virtual Spaces. The curator of the exhibition displaying works by nearly 20 artists is Zoltán Prosek.

Artists featured at the exhibition are: László Moholy-Nagy, Victor Vasarely, György Kepes, Nicolas Schöffer, Heinz Mack, Adolf Luther, Raimo Utrainen, Tamás Hencze, István Haraszty, Éva Bortnyik, Csaba Tubák, András Mengyán, János Megyik, Gizella Rákóczi, Zoltán Szegedy Maszák, Attila Csörgő, Zoltán Zsáry, András Kapitány, and József Németh.

The artists whose works can be seen at the exhibition do not form a closed group – rather they are distinct from one another in space and time. What is their approach like? Not long before his death László Moholy-Nagy gave his last book the title Vision in Motion (published posthumously). This title and the approach it expresses have determined the approach taken by artists at the current exhibition. What is exhibited by these artists – whether it is a photo, photogram, painting, mobile, plastic artwork, rolled image, screen print or hologram, and whether it was made with a conventional or computer technique – undoubtedly manifests a dynamic, expanding and expandable worldview. Successive generations are passing on the torch to each other here: they are building on each other's work, while also constantly exceeding it and adding something new to it, but they fundamentally all represent the same trend.

Curator: Zoltán Prosek