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Exciting exhibitions to see in person this winter

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  • Jász Annamária

1/29/2021 10:32 AM

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.

Photo: Budapest Art Brut Galéria / Facebook

Budapest Art Brut – The Power of Spontaneity

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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.

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Photo: Deák Erika Galéria / Facebook

Deák Erika Gallery – Alexander Tinei

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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.

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Photo: Polyák Attila - We Love Budapest

Godot Gallery & exhibition spaces

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The long-established 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.

Photo: Kisterem / Molnár Zsolt: Többsoros Permetező, 2016 (vázlat / Sketch)

Kisterem Gallery – Sketch

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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.

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Photo: Molnár Ani Galéria

Molnár Ani Gallery – Tamás Konok memorial

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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.

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Photo: Várfok Galéria / Facebook

Várfok Gallery – The Very Best

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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.

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