International photo projects in collaboration with Art Photo Budapest
New Visegrad Photography
The New Visegrad Photography exhibition is a unique initiative, presenting a selection of works by an outstanding group of recent photography graduates from art universities in the so called Visegrad region. In addition to the countries of the Visegrad Group (Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia), Serbia has also been invited to participate, with the intention to further expand cultural cooperation within Central Europe.
This exhibition is exceptional in that although the future artists of each country’s prestigious universities are trained with different educational objectives in mind, the coming decades will see them shape the art world of the Visegrad Group and Serbia, and their work will present the visual perspective of the Central European region to the international public.
The concept behind the New Visegrad Photography exhibition attempts to place the works of young photographers in a context that, while incorporating each country’s national characteristics, different educational approaches and the independent universes of the artists themselves, together will visualize the defining traits of the Central European mentality and its perspective on global phenomena and trends.
The program, launched in September 2020 and presented in the form of a traveling exhibition, is shown in each of the countries concerned and in a number of other major European cities.
New Visegrad Photography is organized by EDGE Communications, one of the region’s leading art agencies also known for initiating and managing a number of internationally recognized photography programs. Its professional partners are the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design in Budapest and Art Photo Budapest, the only international photography fair in Central and Eastern Europe recognized as a leading promoter of the region’s photographic art since 2014. The main sponsor of the program is the International Visegrad Fund, and the organizing partner of the traveling exhibition is the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
ART PROGRAM AND EXHIBITION IN CELEBRATION OF THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE BAUHAUS
Numerous cultural events around the world commemorated the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus in 2019 and paid homage to the artistic movement’s powerful impact on today’s art scene. On this occasion, initiated and co-organized by Art Photo Budapest, a special contemporary photography program was created to honor the Bauhaus and its Hungarian actors.
A great number of Hungarian artists contributed significantly to the revolutionary importance of the Bauhaus. Beyond one of the most prominent teachers at the school, László Moholy-Nagy, and the world-renown architect and designer Marcell Breuer, other artists of Hungarian origin also made an important impact on the foundation and vision of the Bauhaus, such as Otti Berger, Hugó Johan, Farkas Molnár, Henrik Stefán, Andor Weininger and others.
The BAUHAUS CONTEMPORARY program and exhibition is dedicated to the Bauhaus, and more specifically to the work and contributions of Hungarian creators. In contrast to “traditional” commemorations, this collection of artworks by contemporary Hungarian artists attempts to highlight that the Bauhaus as a school, vision, theme and a source of visual inspiration is still a living tradition in the Hungarian art scene.
Employing the tools of contemporary photography, the exhibited works evoke the spirit of the Bauhaus and the Hungarian artists involved in defining it. Be it through the creative experiments inspired by László Moholy-Nagy’s photograms, the examination of the interplay between architecture and photography, or an exploration of the characteristic geometric forms of the movement, the BAUHAUS CONTEMPORARY photo collection stunningly presents the living relationship between a century-old creative milieu and the contemporary Hungarian art community.
BAUHAUS CONTEMPORARY was organized by the art agency EDGE Communications in cooperation with Art Photo Budapest, professional manager of the program and the travelling exhibition is Krisztina Löbl.