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5 exceptional Budapest gallery exhibitions for spring 2018

Photo : Courtesy of Ani Molnár Gallery

From three-dimensional geometrical paintings that overlap beyond frames to subtly captivating renderings of multi-coloured forest scenery to multimedia artworks inspired by the 1,000-year-old mummified hand of Hungary’s founding king, these fascinating exhibitions now await viewers across Budapest. You can see these assorted artworks by Hungarian and international visionaries for no entry fee at these current Budapest gallery shows.

Levente Herman: “The Rhythm of the Bark”

Photo: Courtesy of Várfok Gallery

Enter a world of visually enthralling multi-coloured forest scenery in this solo exhibit by Romanian-born Hungary-based artist Levente Herman, now on view at the renowned Várfok Gallery in the Castle District. As an original member of Romania’s Élesd artist colony – founded by students at the Hungarian University of Fine Arts in 1997 – Herman developed his deft brushwork to create paintings that initially appear as realistic forest depictions… but the geometry of the tree trunks, their rhythmic repetition, and engaging colours reveal surreal levels of meaning hidden in nature.


Where: Várfok Gallery – District I. Várfok utca 11

Tue-Sat 11am-6pm until June 2nd.


Morgan O’Hara: “Live Transmissions”

Photo: Courtesy of Chimera-Project Gallery

Global soul Morgan O’Hara – who was born in Los Angeles, grew up in Japan, and now works and resides in New York City – presents expressively moving drawings as recordings of life in her new solo show at the Chimera-Project Gallery, located in the heart of Pest’s District VII. With a technique using both hands to imprint impressions of dancers, performers, politicians and other active figures, O’Hara becomes something of a living seismographic instrument to capture human movement in fascinating abstract sketches full of curvaceous energy and mysterious dark patches.


Where: Chimera-Project Gallery – District VII. Klauzál tér 5

Tue-Fri 3pm-6pm or by appointment until June 8th.


Igor Hosnedl: “The Lecture of Wise Snake”

Photo: Courtesy of Horizont Gallery

See the Garden of Eden presented with 21st-century brilliance in the Horizont Gallery’s exhibition by young Czech artist Igor Hosnedl, whose burgeoning repertoire often includes the motif of serpents. Based in Berlin, Hosnedl transforms small-scale graphics into large paintings with sharp outlines and intensely dark tones to present intriguing juxtapositions of bright colours and sombre themes, creating visual symbols that reinterpret traditions of surrealist and metaphysical works. This combination of disparate artistic elements imparts a bizarre fairy-tale feeling to viewers.


Where: Horizont Gallery – District VI. Zichy Jenő utca 32

Tue-Fri 2pm-7pm, Sat 2pm-6pm, or by appointment, until June 13th.


Kendell Geers: “EsemPlastiK – Biting the Hand that Feeds”

Photo: Courtesy of acb Gallery

Hungary’s holiest relic is the 1,000-year-old mummified right hand of the country’s founding king, Saint Stephen – and this extraordinary extremity provided the inspiration for a modern multimedia exhibit by Brussels-based South African artist Kendell Geers. Pest’s edgy acb Gallery hosts this potentially discomfiting display of hands pointing, shaking and wielding weaponry before colourful abstract backdrops in a varied series of graphics, shown alongside boldly expressive statues like a pair of golden police batons set into stone so as to strongly resemble a crucifix.


Where: acb Gallery – District VI. Király utca 76

Tue-Fri 2pm-6pm or by appointment until June 15th.


István Haász: “Shifting”

Photo: Courtesy of Ani Molnár Gallery

Monochrome squares overlap beyond frames in this exhibit by living-legend Magyar artist István Haász, an award-winning visionary of geometric constructivism who is presenting his first solo show at the Ani Molnár Gallery. While Haász’s fresh three-dimensional works emanate an understated sleekness at first glance, look closer at these relief-like visual experiments to observe how the paintings’ playful interplay of light and shadow can confound depth perception. This collection’s contrasting shades of yellow and black invoke alternating sensations of freedom and darkness.


Where: Ani Molnár Gallery – District VIII. Bródy Sándor utca 36

Tue-Fri noon-6pm, Sat 11am-5pm until June 30th.