Hungarian ART -- Expressionistic Tendencies in Hungarian Contemporary Art 1980-2007

Júlia N. Mészáros

Expressive Tendencies in Hungarian Art, an exhibition to be held at the Danubiana in April 2007, will present the work of the leading figures of the contemporary Hungarian art scene.

This year's show of Austrian Art - Expressive Tendencies in Austrian Painting after 1960 - launched an exhibition project presenting "expressive tendencies" in contemporary Central European Art at the Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum. The forthcoming exhibition of Hungarian art will be the second in this series. Organised in cooperation with the Városi Müvészeti Múzeum in Gyor, the exhibition will be held under the auspices of Júlia N. Mészáros PhD., the director of the museum known for its international cultural activities, many of them dedicated to Central European Art. The museum organises the International Biennale of Drawing and Graphic Art, and stages a number of exhibitions, including Central European Avant-garde Drawing and Graphic Art 1907-1938, Concrete Art in Six Countries of Central Europe from 1945 to the Present, with the participation of Slovak artists. After the fall of the Iron Curtain in 1989, new opportunities opened up for the re-evaluation of the development of the Central European art scene. During this period new activities were undertaken, involving modern or contemporary art. However, they did not pursue the specific character of the Central European space. Before the process of European integration this phenomenon was not perceived as an organic part of movements and relationships on the cultural scene.

The concept of this exhibition project, which is concerned with expressive tendencies, is inspired by the changes in the quality of relationships, and their current transformation in culture. As living participants, we often do not perceive them, though the essence and sensibility of art acts as a seismograph which records these changes. The exhibition of Expressive Tendencies in Contemporary Hungarian art will be the biggest exhibition of contemporary Hungarian art so far. It is based on the concept which embraces a broader spectrum of views and presents the work of several generations of artists. The artistic aspect of expressiveness will therefore appear in different viewpoints. The audiences will have an opportunity to see the work of Károly Klimó influenced by Art Informel, the Hungarian neo-avant-garde, which promptly reacted to new stimuli and criticised traditional artistic schemes during the 1960s. The artists included István Nádler, Hencze Tamás, Ákos Birkás, and the representatives of new painting, such as Károly Kelemen, Bukta Imre, Koncz András and many others. Almost thirty artists will fill the exhibition space of the Danubiana with their paintings in March 2007.

We are firmly convinced that the exhibition will demonstrate openness and mutual respect and will contribute to our cultural dialogue with our neighbours.

Eva Trojanová