COLLECTING VISEGRAD | October 2018, A38 Gallery, Budapest
SELECTION FROM THE SOMLÓI-SPENGLER AND THE BALÁZS-DÉNES PRIVATE COLLECTIONS
The exhibition connected to the highlighted theme of Art Market Budapest 2018 and presented as part of the Visegrad Contemporary festival reveals the significant role prominent private collections play in the international valuation of art originating from a specific region, in this case from Central Europe.
Zsolt Somlói and Katalin Spengler have been building one of the most significant private collections in the region. They have also been active on the acquisition committees of the Tate Modern and the Centre Pompidou. Their collection consists of several smaller, closely linked units, of which the present exhibition showcases the segment focusing on Central and Eastern Europe and, more precisely, on the relationship between contemporary art from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia. The group show also features works from the collection of Andrea Dénes and Árpád Balázs, the defining characteristic of which is the dominant presence of geometric abstraction and conceptual art spanning multiple generations. The works on display are connected to one another in many ways. In addition to their common geopolitical background, questions of collective and subjective memory and the traces of shared traumas play an important role.
Zbynek BALADRÁN, Attila CSÖRGŐ, EX-ARTIST COLLECTIVE, Anna HULACOVÁ, Tamás KASZÁS, KIS VARSÓ, Ádám KOKESCH, Eva KOTÁTKOVÁ, Gábor KRISTÓF, Pawel KSIAZEK, Zbigniew LIBERA, Goshka MACUGA, Jirí THYN
CURATED BY: Mónika ZSIKLA
7 mixed media works between 2 panes of glass
90 x 90 cm
From the Balázs-Dénes Collection