Hungarian applied art in Israel
As part of the Hungarian Cultural Year in Israel in 2019 a large-scale exhibition of Hungarian applied art opened on 10 October in Tel Aviv. At the launching ceremony György Vashegyi, the President of HAA delivered an opening speech. The applied and design art exhibition of HAA is entitled The Art of Everyday Life, and is aiming to present the contemporary face of many genres of these art fields.
The goal of the exhibition is to observe the coexistence and interaction of the fields of craft and design as well as the intermediate − autonomous − fields, while showing the daily work of artists – the artists of everyday life − who are mostly unknown to the public. The project which has been realized in the framework of the Hungarian Culture Year in Israel is taking place as the accompanying event of the Israeli Hungarian Days in Tel Aviv harbour, one of the busiest and most popular place of the city. Curator Ernő Sára has been challenged by the special character of the venue to create the concept so that the applied art objects in the space attract the attention of Israeli visitors. The exhibition is intended to present the most characteristic trends and special pieces of Hungarian applied art and design: among others the works of young jewelery designers, a selection of the works of Krisztián Ádám and Erika Sütő, the special work of tapestry artists Edit Balog and Éva Penkala as well as a piece of mixed techniques by Ida Lencsés. The exhibition is also featuring the fine leather clothing made by leather artist Imre Molnár with laser technology, the unique instrument collection of designer Péter Üveges consisting of electric, minimally stringed instruments without acoustics combining functionality with elegant and gentle lines just like the artist's other clarified pieces. Julia Néma's unique everday use ceramics and the crystal glazed ornamental pieces by István Bartha represent the art of ceramics and porcelain. The glass objects of Péter Borkovics and Ágnes Smetana show the two branches of glass art, the coldly worked and the hot technique versions. We have paid attention to the world-famous Hungarian poster artists, József Árendás and István Orosz, whose work of anamorphosis is also presented. The featured artist of the exhibition is Dan Reisinger, an Israeli designer born in Magyarkanizsa, who is also a member of the Hungarian Poster Association. The sculpture group he made to commemorate the victims of the Holocaust was inaugurated in April 2016 in front of the Józsefváros Railway Station in Budapest, and the event was attended by the artist's family, the Israeli ambassador in Hungary, several Hungarian MPs and representative of Józsefváros. The exhibition also introduces Hungarian innovation in sports and vehicle design, namely, the vehicle models made by young Hungarian designers in cooperation with Mercedes Benz Ag, and the Primus Dinghy sailing boat of Dávid Bereczki.
October 18, 2019