Hungarian Contemporary Art Exhibition
UNESCO Headquarters, Paris
From June 30th to July 4th, 2014
Attila Csáji's transmission hologram

Tradition and Invention

MMA's exhibition in Paris

UNESCO Headquarters in Paris is housing an exhibition – organized by MMA and entitled Tradition and Invention [Hagyomány és lelemény] – to give an overview of contemporary Hungarian fine and applied arts, photography, music, architecture and folk art between 30 June and 4 July. The curator of the exhibition is fine artist and vice-president of MMA, Attila Csáji.
The 35 exhibited artists include internationally acclaimed ceramic artist Imre Schrammel, glass artist Zoltán Bohus and textile artist Erzsébet Katona Szabó, who creates distinctive leather compositions. The works of Róbert Csíkszentmihályi and Ádám Farkas are heavily influenced by the classical traditions of European sculpture. For painter Tibor Csernus a study trip to Paris was of crucial importance: in 1961 he settled in Paris for keeps. One of the first pioneers of Pop Art in Hungary, painter László Lakner has been living in Germany since the 1970s. Kinetic art and light art are represented by the works of Attila Csáji and András Mengyán who seem to be eliminating the boundaries between art, technology and science. Hungarian photography boasts of international giants such as Robert Capa, André Kertész, Ata Kando or Juan Gyenes. Contemporary photographers exhibited include, among others, László Kunkovács, whose oeuvre combines art photography, photojournalism and an interest in ethnography. Visitors have a chance to hear world-famous opera singer Éva Marton and her students in Paris. A selection of Hungarian folk art is also offered, representing artists who create objects using traditional methods and skills, improving on them according to 21st century needs. World-famous architect, Imre Makovecz, founder and eternal honorary president of MMA is also represented at the exhibition with photos of his characteristically organic buildings and one model of one of his works.
MMA has published a three-language (French, English, Hungarian) catalogue of the exhibition, which can be found here.

June 30, 2014  |  exhibition