Art perseveres despite the pandemic, although the number of exhibitions on view are rather limited now because of current restrictions. Here we present several exciting options to see in person, of course while wearing a mask and following any other restrictions specified by the venues.
Budapest Art Brut – The Power of Spontaneity
The category of art
brut, aka outsider art, originally dealt with the works of psychiatric
patients, which began sparking the interest of doctors in the early 20th
century. Today, outsider art involves artistic creations by the mentally ill,
as well as those who have little to no contact with the mainstream art world or
art institutions, but whose works merit attention.
Until 19 Feb. Mon-Fri 11am-6pm.
Deák Erika Gallery – Alexander Tinei
Alexander Tinei, born in Moldova and living in Budapest, is one
the most acclaimed artists of his generation. He is mostly known for his figurative paintings, reflecting on the
problems and ideas of our time, especially the search for identity and a sense
of self. His signature pale figures, usually marked with blue lines, emerge
from distinctive spaces, the main motifs of his unmistakable style. With the
adoption of a new graphic method, the linocut, he provides brand new
perspectives in this exhibition, which can be viewed at the Deák Erika Gallery
– or take a sneak peek here.
Until 5 Feb. Wed-Fri noon-6pm.
Godot Gallery & exhibition spaces
Godot Gallery comprises several exhibition spaces, all of which have exciting shows
currently on display. Poet and graphic designer Károly Szikszai’s installation Multiplex was inspired by the
pandemic and all that came with it, and can be seen at the gallery’s outlet on
Bartók Béla út until 6 February (Thur-Sat 10am-2pm). Hasítás (‘Split’) by painter Konrád
Kaszás and sculptor Antal Plank can be seen at the Godot Labor on Fényes Adolf
utca until 21 February. Tabula Rasa –
Zsigmond Károlyi & the monochrome painting class is another great
exhibition to see, held at the Godot Institute of Contemporary Art, presenting
creations by the students and teachers of the Hungarian University of Fine Arts
from the time of the régime change. Until 15 April, Tue-Sun 2pm-6pm.
Kisterem Gallery – Sketch
Following its large-scale project last autumn, this
gallery on downtown Képíró utca now displays an intimate group show of sketches by Kisterem artists that give
an insight into their artistic processes and studio work. This is the place to
be for those interested in the behind-the-scenes moments of art.
Until 5 Feb. Max 3 people at a time.
Molnár Ani Gallery – Tamás Konok memorial
Tamás Konok, the doyen of geometric abstraction,
was recognised both in the domestic and international art scenes. His art
strongly relates to European modernism, to the geometric abstraction of
Central-Eastern Europe and to constructivist tendencies. With his passing on 20
November 2020, the artist will sadly not be able to attend his exhibition
entitled Line Movements held at the
Molnár Ani Gallery on Bródy Sándor utca. (His large-scale oeuvre exhibition at the
Ludwig Museum also can’t be viewed yet because of the pandemic.)
Until 13 Mar. Tue-Fri noon-6pm.
Várfok Gallery – The Very Best
The Várfok Gallery was one of the first institutions of contemporary
art established after the end of Communism, and celebrated its 30th anniversary
in November 2020. The gallery’s jubilee exhibition has been extended until 13
February, so you can still admire this diverse, large-scale show a little
longer. Look out for Péter
Ujházi’s monumental, four-metre long Carpet, Franyo Aatoth’s emblematic Heart Affairs from his red period, the widely recognised
1973 photograph Mother and
Babe-in-Arms by Péter
Korniss and Bluebeard’s
Castle by Endre Rozsda, which he slaved over for
more than a decade.
Until 13 Feb. Tue-Sat 11am-6pm. Free. Max 10 people at a time.