Sign up for our newsletter

Subscribe to our newsletter

Pécs Workshop - Exhibition

pécs small

Opening Reception: May 17, 6-8PM

Philippe Piessens will present a selection of works by the Pecs Workshop, a neo-avant-garde artist group who were active on the Hungarian arts scene between 1969 and 1980. The five artists shown are Ferenc Ficzek (1947–87), Károly Hopp-Halász (1946–2016), Károly Kismányoky (1943–), Sándor Pinczehelyi (1946–) and Kálmán Szíjártó (1946–).  On the edges of a half peripheral country, on the “wrong” side of the Iron Curtain, they developed a both a joint activity and individual practices that are enduring, prescient and combative. Following exhibitions at the Ludwig Museum in Budapest, in Vienna, and in New York, and against a backdrop of increased institutional interest, this will be the first time works from the group will be shown in Belgium.

Pecs, albeit far from the capital Budapest, was a progressive, cultured and vibrant city, being the hometown of artists like Marcel Breuer, Farkas Molnar and Victor Vassarely. With this heritage of Constructivism, and Geometric Abstraction, and in the multi-disciplinary and collaborative spirit of the Bauhaus, the early works of the members of the Pecs workshop were an investigation of form, colour, optical effects and composition. Under the guidance of Ferenc Lantos, the older artist and their professor at the High School of Arts, the group realized a number of works on paper, and more importantly a group of colorful paintings on enamel, a typical local material. Collaborating with the factory workers of the enamel plant in nearby Bonyhead, they created a compelling body of work that strikes a balance between local distinction and tradition, and universal validity. Several enamel works will be exhibited.

Karoly Kismanyoky RelationAs early as 1970, the young artists of the group embarked on a decade of conceptual experimentation. Disavowing Lantos, they left the closed space of the studio, and embraced new media, such as video, photography, and performance. They were reference the new forms of artistic expression developing in Cologne and New York, information about which reached them in a piecemeal fashion. They re-interpreted these ideas to suit the particular circumstances of communist Hungary. As it turned out, the ephemeral nature of land art, fluxus inspired actions, and body art turned out to be uniquely suited to an artistic environment characterized by impossibility leave (despite the desire to), the absence of a market, and state censorship.  Thus Halasz’ “Private Broadcast”, showing the artist’s naked body contorted inside a television set,  alludes to both the regime’s dominance of the media, and it’s discrimation against homosexuality. Sandor Pinczehely’s “weapon of the proletariat”, meanwhile, turns not one but two minimalist tropes (the readymade and the screenprinted sentence) into a wry comment on a repressive regime.

Through 20 works in all media, the exhibition illuminates a movement that is both universal in it’s aspirations, and artistic language, and rooted in a specific time and place. Not only does it show the endurance of art-making when there is no market to speak of, and no incentive to produce saleable objects. It also illustrates artist’s strategies of flying just under the radar of an oppressive regime.

For more information, or press requests, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Location : Begijnenvest 102, 2000 Antwerpen

CALENDAR


2018
27
April
M T W T F S S
26 27 28 29 30 31 1
2 3 4 5 6 7 8
9 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
23 24 25 26 27 28 29
30 1 2 3 4 5 6
May
M T W T F S S
30 1 2 3 4 5 6
7 8 9 10 11 12 13
14 15 16 17 18 19 20
21 22 23 24 25 26 27
28 29 30 31 1 2 3
June
M T W T F S S
28 29 30 31 1 2 3
4 5 6 7 8 9 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17
18 19 20 21 22 23 24
25 26 27 28 29 30 1

FEATURED EVENTS

May 30.
- May 30.
Jazz concert by Window
Sazz N Jazz Boulevard Bischoffsheim 38B
Jun 05.
- Jun 05.
CONCERT BY ESZTER KARASSZON - CELLIST
Balassi Institut, Treurenberg 10, 1000 Bruxelles
Jun 08.
-
OPERA: BLUEBEARD’S CASTLE & THE MIRACULOUS MANDARIN BY BÉLA BARTÓK
La Monnaie/ De Munt, Place de la Monnaie, 1000 Brussels
Jun 16.
- Jun 17.
Le Printemps Des Poètes - Luxembourg
Luxembourg
Jun 19.
- Sep 07.
Exhibition of Miksa Róth - Colored sunlight
Balassi Institute, 10 Treurenberg, 1000 Brussels
Jun 23.
- Jun 27.
European Arts Forum 2018
Balassi Institute Brussels - European Parliament - Taipei Representative Office in the EU and Belgium

EVENTS

No events

Banners