Is Budapest the New Berlin? The Hungarian capital has quietly been developing into a compelling city for visual culture, even as Budapest is—like Berlin—still contending with its recent past.
That past includes the Nazi and Soviet regimes, both of which still cast long shadows 15 years into this century not just in the papers and on the streets but also in the local art scene. The curators hail from galleries, museums and fairs in the region and abroad. Just ten minutes from the center of town, the Budapest Art Factorya not-for-profit arts collective with permanent studio and exhibition space, can be visited by appointment.
Herman and Szasz, the two men in the group, are more expressly concerned in their work with the political and social. During our visit, large-scale paintings of domestic scenes lined the walls from the recent guest resident, Swiss artist Andy Denzler.
It focuses on international contemporary art as does its mother ship in Cologne and its sister institutions in Koblenz, St. Petersburg, and Beijingbut with an emphasis on Eastern and Central European art and Hungarian masters. The Ludwig is one of the museums whose leadership is government berlin nő know, and that according to artists, curators, and gallerists I encountered is now viewed with distrust and skepticism.
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A show of photographs dating to the s depicts the life and work of the Hungarian-born photographer találkozik fiatalember Academy Award—winning cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond, who worked with directors like Spielberg, Altman, and Boorman on films including Close Encounters of the Third Kind and The Deer Hunter through June The gallery presents a new exhibit every two to three months of silkscreen based art.
Typically on view are contemporary limited-edition serigraphs but also combined with other kinds of drawings, graphics, and cheeky work from upcoming Hungarian and regional artists. And if all the silkscreened goods for sale are inspiring, the silkscreen studio offer workshops for beginnings, as well as and studio rental for artists.
It sounds like a lot, but the place is coherent, inviting, and cool. In just that fashion, Budapest is eking out its elegant edge. A version of this article will be published in the summer issue of Whitewall.