MODEM: Free-hand. Drawing in Hungarian Fine Arts Now and Before

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2 March – 29 June 2014

Until the 20th Century drawing was inferior, a supplement amongst other fine arts genres according to the common knowledge. It was connected to the overall notion or graphic that included all work on paper, from unique and duplicated drawings to applied graphics. The exhibition in MODEM introduces the tendencies of unique fine art drawing from the beginning of modern Hungarian arts after 1945, its most exciting experiments and results through the artworks of more than 50 artists, from Lajos Gulácsy, Imre Bukta to Gruppo Tökmag, whose works had and still have significant role in the current expansion of drawing.

The drawings of István Nagy, Lajos Vajda, Imre Ámos, Jenő Barcsay and Béla Kondor still have the influence of a certain undefined spiritual inheritance up until today in Hungary. Free-hand, examining the roots of the national tradition of this important artistic medium, presents one of the emblematic pieces of the organic charcoal series of Lajos Vajda from 1940, sheets from the anatomy series of Jenő Barcsay along with his artworks from the early 1950s, emphasizing the changing of the roles in drawing in the 20th Century and the stations of how it became an individual art genre. Béla Uitz, known from his robust pictorial world, one of the leading figures of Hungarian avant-garde will participate with his sensitive, fine studies in the exhibition. The highlighted classic examples create a dialogue with the works of the contemporary artists who interpret the genre more freely.

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The 1977 lined structures of Imre Bukta bring along the traditions of drawing, but we may also mention the works of Attila Kovács, Imre Bak, Dóra Maurer, György Galántai, Károly Kelemen, Péter Kovács or Sándor Pinczehelyi. The exhibition gives an insight into the experimental works of the frontiers of contemporary Hungarian drawing and puts emphasis on introducing the many-sided and diverse usage of this medium. Ádám Albert’s camera obscura that was made up after a thorough digital preparation, the microscopic portraits of Zsolt Asztalos, or the video animation, based on manual phases with graphite powder, by Júlia Vécsei are as much part of contemporary drawing as the space-drawings made of thread by Laura Somogyi, the installation ending in a wall drawing by Zsolt Tibor or László Győrffy’s occasional graphics, collected since 1994, closed in a hut. Several site-specific works are prepared especially for the exhibition in MODEM: Gruppo Tökmag (Tamás Kovács Budha and András Tábori) draws graffiti on the walls; the white walled exhibition hall utterly transforms inside Róbert Németh’s monumental, UV-lit drawing-box; Zsófia Szemző takes possession of the glass surface of the entrance, her drawing can be continued by the audience. Those, who are more into the solutions of traditional techniques, can view Pál Gerber’s pencil drawings that were made in his different artistic periods, or the large charcoal drawings of Attila Szűcs and the postcard-like, fine ball-pen works of István Nyári. Video works are also on display in the exhibition hall, such as one of the latest chalk animation films of László Csáki, for instance.

The curators of the exhibition (Tibor iski Kocsis and Krisztián Kukla) do not lead the spectators through the show chronologically but draw their attention to the fineness, sensibility and intellectual depth of the drawings through their individuality and their emerging dialogues.

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The exhibition is complemented with special museum pedagogy programmes. Parallel to the opening, a “drawing exchange” begins in the reception hall of MODEM. Anyone may take a drawing in exchange of leaving another one there. The visitors may also try themselves with a special tool: they may create drawings on the wall using a pencil that hangs on strings. Over the duration of the exhibition, the younger and older ones are awaited for a common drawing onto a huge paper sheet, on each second and fourth Saturday of the month.

On the 26th of April 2014 the V I N Y L group of Nyíregyháza will introduce its drawing machines that the visitors can also try. The art centre will soon announce a drawing competition for nursery children, under the name of Coloured Pencil. The usual programmes will also be on: besides the guided tours, MODEM Film Club will have a selection of Hungarian and foreign animation films from the recent past.


ÁDÁM Zoltán, ALBERT Ádám, ÁMOS Imre, ANNA Margit, ASZTALOS Zsolt, BABINSZKY Csilla, BAK Imre, BARCSAY Jenő, BUKTA Imre, CHILF Mária, CSÁKI László, EL-HASSAN Róza, FAA Balázs, GALÁNTAI György, GERBER Pál, Gruppo Tökmag (KOVÁCS BUDHA Tamás, TÁBORI András), GULÁCSY Lajos, GYŐRFFY László, HÁMORI Anett, iski KOCSIS Tibor, KELEMEN Károly, KESERÜ Károly, KIRÁLY András, KONDOR Attila, KONDOR Béla, KOVÁCS Attila, KOVÁCS Péter, KUPCSIK Adrián, LAKNER László, MAURER Dóra, MÉCS Miklós, MEDNYÁNSZKY László, NAGY BALOGH János, NAGY István, NAVRATIL Judit, NEMES Csaba, NÉMETH Róbert, NYÁRI István, PINCZEHELYI Sándor, SOMOGYI Laura, SZEMZŐ Zsófia, SZÍJ Kamilla, SZÖRÉNYI Beatrix, SZŰCS Attila, TIBOR Zsolt, TIHANYI Lajos, TÓT Endre, TÓTH Menyhért, UITZ Béla, Agnes von URAY (SZÉPFALVI Ágnes), VAJDA Lajos, VARGA Ferenc, VÉCSEI Júlia, VOJNICH Erzsébet, WAHORN András

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