CMRK is a network of four independent institutions in Graz whose common interest lies in the conveyance of contemporary art within an international context.

6 pm Künstlerhaus KM– Halle für Kunst & Medien
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8 pm Camera Austria
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All exhibitions are open on 23 June, 2017 from 6 to 10 pm.

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Abstract Hungary

24 06 2017 — 07 09 2017

Imre Bak, Sári Ember, János Fajó, Andreas Fogarasi, Péter Tamás Halász, György Jovánovics, Tamás Kaszás, Zsófia Keresztes, Ilona Keserü Ilona, Adrian Kiss, Ádám Kokesch, Tamás Komoróczky, László Lakner, Little Warsaw, Mira Dalma Makai, Dóra Maurer, István Nádler, Márton Nemes, Péter Puklus, Klára Rudas, Gergő Szinyova, Zsolt Tibor, Ádám Ulbert, Júlia Vécsei

Curators: Sandro Droschl, Áron Fenyvesi
Catalogue in progress
Supported by the Embassy of Hungary – Collegium Hungaricum Vienna, NOW Esterházy Contemporary

The issue of abstract art, which is always being updated, is being brought up again as part of an extensive exhibition of current Hungarian art, in order to take a closer look at more recent art and its effects in the face of heightened challenges. Abstract art in Hungary has a significant place in art history. It’s linked to artists such as Lajos Kassák and Victor Vasarely, as well as to artists who are active today, such as Imre Bak, Dóra Maurer, and István Nádler. In turn, these well-known artists are followed by outstanding middle and younger generations; their works are more strongly divergent in terms of content and form, and are still comparatively unknown.

Representing a broader narrative blueprint, "Abstract Hungary" features around twenty artists and their works, the majority of which are being shown for the first time in Austria. They’ll be interpreted by looking critically at the way the artists deal with their own approaches, as well as through current and past events in (art) history. Here, “abstraction” also plays an overriding role, in the sense of being an open-minded, productive attitude that goes beyond practiced formalisms; it can be understood as an art historical, discursive factor that is critical of time, as well as an element that links the participating artists. In an era with a complicated political, social, and economic environment, abstraction per se points beyond the local, seeking a distinct international language so that beyond all linguistic divides its connecting strengths in specific can be discussed.

The comprehensive exhibition will be accompanied with a catalogue and a side program.

29.06.2017, 18 Uhr
Ludwig Múzeum – Museum of Contemporary Art
1095 Budapest, Komor Marcell u. 1.
Discussion group with Sári Ember, Dóra Maurer, István Nádler, Márton Nemes, Gergő Szinyova; Gabor Rieder (Moderation)
Introduction: Sandro Droschl, Áron Fenyvesi

06.07.2017, 18 Uhr
Künstlerhaus, Halle für Kunst & Medien (KM– Graz)
Stage in public space
„Stage Monument“
Tamás Kaszás

Imre Bak, Matisse, 2014