Szentendre, Hungary 2 July 2011
Twenty-seven of Hungary's aspiring contemporary artists open a show 8 July in Szentendre, Hungary at Erdesz Galeria & Design.
It closes 21 August.
|Laszlo Erdesz, owner of Erdesz Galeria & Design|
Photograph by Stefan van Drake (2011
"Most of Hungary's best artists come out of Szentenre," said internationally recognized fine art photographer Zoltan Hajtmanszki, who also lives here.
Exhibiting artists at the show called, "[Kortarsba? (Zarva)]":
Emese Altnoder, Balazs Antal, Balazs Benkovits, Marci Belai, Roland Biro, Mate Csato, Tamas Dobos, Istvan Ef. Zambo, Laszlo Felugossy, Judit Fischer, Gabor Kasza, Havadtoy Sam, Emese Alexandra Lazar, Mark Martinko, Ildiko Mohacsi, Laslo Otto, Rudolf Pacsika, Eszter Poroszlai, Istvan Regos, Claudia Tamasi, Hajnalka Tarr, Laszlo Taubert, Gyorgy Toth, Janos Vachter, Otto Vincze, Zsuzsanna Vinkler and Andras Wahorn.
(I will be there covering the opening and show, meeting and talking with the artists.)
Hajtmanski stressed Budapest and Szentendre experienced a cultural explosion and avant-garde resurgence in the 1980's.
|Zoltan Hajtmanski Photo by Stefan van Drake (2011)|
Don't mess with politics and you are free to explore and produce art and cultural happenings.
Ironically, the state financed young contemporary artists, exhibitions, strongly supporting all organs of Hungarian culture.
In the darkest of times, Hungarian artists and poets fomented changes making it the most liberal country of the Soviet bloc.
The bloody 1956 Budapest failed revolution against the Russians bought cultural freedom and other liberalizations with lives of its Magyar martyrs.
"People were free to do almost what they wanted in art and culture, and we did.
"I believe this Hungarian velvet cultural revolution in the 1980's had much to do with the eventual breakup of the Soviet bloc," said Hajtmanszki, age 49.
|"Cannot Blow Out" Photograph by Zoltan Hajtmanszki (Budapest)|
ArtTraveler's first visual impressions of Szentendre
|"Welcome to my Town" Photograph by Stefan van Drake (2011)|
|"Magyar Marching" Photograph by Stefan van Drake (2011)|
|"Don't Mess with the Underground" Photograph by Stefan van Drake (2011)|
|"Silent Sentinel" Photograph by Stefan van Drake (2011)|
|Szentendre: Art, galleries & museums Photograph by Stefan van Drake (2011)|
|Jewish Cemetery, Szentendre Photograph by Stefan van Drake (2011)|
|Szentendre along the Danube Photograph by Stefan van Drake (2011)|
|Pope Paul II in Szentendre Photograph by Stefan van Drake|
|The Hungarian Trabant, found art on four wheels: Photograph by Stefan van Drake (2011)|
|Csizmadi Balasz: acrylic on metal, show at Folt Cafe, Szentendre (2011)|
|"Spanish life stilled," photograph by Stefan van Drake (2009)|
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