2017. szeptember 8.

Sopianae – Ákos Bánki’s exhibition at Resident Art Budapest Gallery [photo gallery]

Monday September 11th, 2017

Ákos Bánki’s 50 piece series named Sopianae was created in 2011, and with its uniform format and technique makes a well separated collection among the artist’s pictures. The 50×50 centimeter format, the uniform oil- monotype technique and the starting form tells us how disciplined the artist is while creating the pictures. The order of them can be followed without looking at their numbering, as the consistent changes between the pictures […]

Ákos Bánki’s 50 piece series named Sopianae was created in 2011, and with its uniform format and technique makes a well separated collection among the artist’s pictures. The 50×50 centimeter format, the uniform oil- monotype technique and the starting form tells us how disciplined the artist is while creating the pictures. The order of them can be followed without looking at their numbering, as the consistent changes between the pictures reflect the passing of time, the inner work of the artist as well as the changes in his mood.

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The starting frame of the series forms an ancient symbol of a cross, drawn along a vertical and horizontal axis, that recalls the transept plan of the old Catholic church, the ancient symbol of the cross, the opening of the window and the target cross as well. The self controlling, self disciplining systematic attitude implies that he’s intention is autotherapeutic. The target cross proves this interpretation, in which the creator working on himself by standing in focus.

    

The pictures can be interpreted as a kind of diary as well, in which the individual pieces of art can stand alone too, but looking at them as part of a series and interpreting them carry more meaning and imply the possibility of our broader understanding of his intention. In the network of non stop flowing of quick, wild gestures and between the even geometrical borders of the cycle we feel great tension, that accumulates into an unsolvable contrast, so that in the last pieces of the series this unbearable tension is relieved in one explosion. In this process, Bánki set his own borders, and in this case he crosses them in the end, some more, by the explosion he destroys and eliminates them. The 50 monotype is the visual projection of momentary moods on the road, a continuous expression, that is in close relation with process art, where seeing the series together show us the process of making them, and the changes in the state of mind. Bánki’s series made in Pécs can be seen by the public first, in this exhibition.

    

The exhibition was curated by János Schneller art historian, opened by Flóra Mészáros art historian and runs until 29 September 2017.

[photo: Gabi Lukács]

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Resident Art Budapest

Budapest Design Overview – art walks in English

Tuesday July 25th, 2017

HAVE AN ART TRIP! – If you are into design or have a knack for unique gifts, or if you would like to get a better look at the works of up-and-coming Hungarian designers, then this is the right walk for you. Take it if you are interested in exploring something different or just want to get some original and innovative gifts, souvenirs or memorabilia. The walking tour is led […]

HAVE AN ART TRIP! – If you are into design or have a knack for unique gifts, or if you would like to get a better look at the works of up-and-coming Hungarian designers, then this is the right walk for you. Take it if you are interested in exploring something different or just want to get some original and innovative gifts, souvenirs or memorabilia.

The walking tour is led by Lili Varga art historian.

Dates: 27 and 28 of July 2017 – 3 pm; 3, 4, 10, 17, 18, 24 and 25 of August 2017 – 3 pm

Registration: hello@residentart.com

Meeting point: Fővám square (entrance of Great Market Hall)
Duration: 2,5 hours
Price: 4.500 Ft / person (cash only)

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Resident Art Budapest is an art service company dedicated to organizing guided art walks in the heart of Budapest. Our aim is to present the works of contemporary and classic Hungarian artists to visitors, art lovers and collectors.

Through our art-historian guided walks we offer our guests a glimpse into Budapest’s vibrant artistic life by giving them the opportunity to visit the leading galleries and meet artists and gallerists.

Our walking tours are about 2,5 hours long and they take each group into the artistic heart of Budapest.

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Resident Art Budapest Gallery
1061 Budapest, Andrássy Avenue 33. II./1.
www.residentart.com
hello@residentart.com
+36 1 339 4573

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An Unknown Oeuvre – István Szita’s exhibition at Resident Art Budapest Gallery [photo gallery]

Friday June 30th, 2017

Only a few people might be familiar with István Szita’s art, which is not too surprising, if one has read his life story. The young István Szita, who was dedicated to choosing the profession of an artist from his early childhood, was admitted to the College of Arts, but due to his religious ambitions could not begin his studies, even with the recommendation of master Barcsay. But, as a consequence […]

Only a few people might be familiar with István Szita’s art, which is not too surprising, if one has read his life story. The young István Szita, who was dedicated to choosing the profession of an artist from his early childhood, was admitted to the College of Arts, but due to his religious ambitions could not begin his studies, even with the recommendation of master Barcsay. But, as a consequence of an open conflict with the bishop, his religious career soon crashed, and he could never return to the profession of a clergyman. Afterwards, he was occupied as a laborer, while he continuously worked as an artist on the side, always completely excluding the public. His paintings, which were inspired by intensive experimentations, the art school of István Szőnyi in Zebegény and international influences, can be clearly divided into two groups.

 

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His religious paintings are mainly characterised by naive, narrative and mostly unoriginal art, but they constitute a unified world, which is definitely worth introducing.

In parallel with this, István Szita developed a completely autonomous, colourful and non-figurative painting style, which ignores expectations, and the pieces of which remained only in the artist’s studio for many long years. As a result of that continuous work, an unknown heritage of nearly 2,500 paintings is waiting to be introduced. For our current exhibition, we selected some pieces from this unknown part of his oeuvre – none of the pictures have ever been presented for an audience. So, the exhibition is a posthumous introduction and also a retrospective exhibition.

The two main motifs in his art are absence and the arrangement of accidentally developing forms into colour harmonies and plane compositions. In this non-figurative world of paintings, in which all kinds of publicity were foregone, he could unfold his desire for freedom, which could not evolve in reality, but which continuously found its way into István Szita’s life – mainly through his paintings. Similarly to some artists of the European School, István Szita painted only for himself throughout the decades. In his style, the influence of paintings in the European School can be discovered. His pictures, which are based on pure colour surfaces, reveal the impact of the colours and shapes of Árpád Illés. The evolution of this freedom was on one hand prevented by the suppressing regime of socialism, which controlled individuals, and on the other hand by the ambivalent relations with the church of that period, as well as by his work, in order to make ends meet. Considering this, only an extremely persistent steadiness and an inner motivation can justify the systematic self-instructed artistic work, the result of which is the presented world of paintings, which did not have the opportunity for an introduction or a positive reception for a long time. The solitude of the study room, however, provided an appropriate environment for him to create his paintings in freedom, without assumed or real expectations towards himself.

 

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The exhibition was curated by Zsuzsa Gadó and János Schneller, opened by János Schneller art historian. It runs until 18 August.

[fotók: Lukács Gabi]

 

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