Culture shock in Budapest
Budapest is always full with culture and programs but now during the spring, you can choose from a plenty of exhibition. Which one you will take it’s just depends on your taste but there is a wide variety. While most of these shows highlight the works of established or up-and-coming Hungarian artists, international visionaries are also included in our coverage. We picked our favourite three now but you can visit much more during this spring in Budapest.
Bada Dada, one of the loudest, most original, provocative, creative, and unique Hungarian artists of recent decades, committed suicide ten years ago. This exhibition aboard the A38 Ship features some of his works that weren’t exhibited anywhere else before, including the one and only collaboration between him and his ex-bandmate, the painter-writer drMáriás, and other works from his early period. Speaking of collaborations: “Who laughs at the end?” is not only about Bada Dada, but also about his partner in art and life, Anna Hornyik, and their shared passion for improvisation, provocation, and playfulness. The exhibited works focus on the brighter side of their oeuvre, but that doesn’t mean that it will be easy to appreciate their honest, Dadaistic, and sometimes-childish art – but if you can laugh at yourself, just like they did, you’ll love it.
Where: A38 Ship – Budapest 1117, moored near Petőfi Bridge on the Buda side
The exhibition opens on April 5 and can be visited through April 17
Titled “Pocket Volcano”, this exhibit at the Virág Judit Gallery presents works created by József Csató last year. A decided difference is a measure of abstraction thanks to the experimental surfaces of his newest works. While Csató was unconsciously preoccupied with the foiled, paper collages with pieces of the palette, colours, smoke and volcanic forms slowly seeped through into his pictures, creating an interesting play between flat and dimensional surfaces. Up to this time, the complete oeuvre by Csató is defined by humour and irony, or the delicate presence of unrealistic burlesque elements. Luckily these are all characteristics of “Pocket Volcano” as well. Also, there is Csató’s straight-out honesty, and playful stolidity within the spontaneous details. One of our recommendations for the season.
Where: Virág Judit Gallery – Budapest 1055, Falk Miksa u. 30
The exhibition can be visited through April 13
The exhibition “We Were Heroes” at acb Gallery presents Bálint Szombathy’s emblematic series from the 1970s, along with newer works deconstructing the Yugoslav past and reflecting on post-totalitarian reality. To realize this, Szombathy opts for the strategy of appropriation, incorporating personal and collected objects, such as badges, IDs, and flags into his works. The use of material manifestations of ideology and propaganda is not alien to him, as he has already used such objects, for instance in his radical performances and installations in the 1990s. In fact, the flag is one of the most frequently recurring elements of his oeuvre. In his latest series, Szombathy stamps the question “Forgettable?” onto requisites of the party-state past, as a reference to one of his actions .