Alapítvány ...... Foundation

A thematic overview of our exhibitions:

Our Hungarian and international thematic exhibitions provide opportunity for artists from different countries and of various cultural backgrounds to think together and enter into a conversation. We believe that creating a passage between genres and integrating exciting, novel experiments on the frontiers of art is one of the possible ways to ensure the continuous development and renewal of culture.

2 times 2 is sometimes 5. Photo exhibition by Gábor Kerekes, Lenke Szilágyi (HU) and Sylvia Plachy (USA). (February 2003)

The 2nd International Exhibition of Coathangers. The inspiration of the works was the coathanger. The first exhibition was organized at the Hungarian consulate in New York City by András Böröcz and Robbin Ami Silverberg. This time, 71 artists participated at our exhibition with nearly one hundred works from Argentina, Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Puerto Rico, Turkey and the USA. (April 2003)

Drawings and photographs by poets, writers...The exhibition presenting 130 works offered insight into the little-known boundary of literature and fine art. A few names from the list of exhibitors:
Fernando Aguiar (I), Franco Beltrametti (I), Péter Esterházy, Giovanni Fontana (I), András Forgách, László Garaczi, Allen Ginsberg (USA), János Háy, Lajos Kassák, Béla Kondor, Jackson MacLow (USA), Lászl Nagy, Péter Nádas, István Örkény, Lajos Parti Nagy, János Pilinszky, Szilárd Podmaniczky, György Román, Miklós Szentkuthy, Ferenc Szíjj, Endre Szkárosi, Károly Tamkó Sirató, Dezső Tandori, Krisztina Tóth, Sándor Weöres.
The exhibition was sponsored by the National Culture Program and the City of Budapest. (September 2003)

Sacra Geometria. The authors of the photographs, models, paintings, drawings, etchings, sculptures and objects connected to the concept of geometry were the following: Attila Csörgő, Dániel Erdély, Miklós Erdély, Frigyes Kőnig, János Megyik, Andrea Pozzo (I), János Saxon Szász, Peter WS Ayley (GB), Árpád Zsák. (December 2003)

József Román turns 90. The exhibition was organized to commemorate the 90th birthday of the dean of Hungarian art historians from the works of artists reviewed by József Román in the past few decades – these writings were also featured at the exhibition. The participating artists were: Sándor Altorjai, Margit Anna, Margit Balla, Endre Bálint, Rezső Berczeller, Zoltán Bohus, András Böröcz, El Kazovszkij, István Haraszty, József Jakovits, János Kass, Lajos Kassák, Katalin Kádár, György Kolozsváry, Tamás Konok, Zsuzsa Lóránt, Mária Lugossy, Dóra Maurer, Lili Ország, Oszkár Papp, József Rippl-Rónai, Endre Rozsda, Saul Steinberg (USA), Katalin Sylvester, Lajos Vajda, Flóra M. Zoltán. (January 2004)

The Indigo Group. The foundation will publish a book together with Gondolat Publishing about the group of artists that operated in the 1970s and 1980s. Upon this occasion, the artists reunited to build a joint installation at the gallery. The exhibition and the book received were sponsored by the National Culture Program and the City of Budapest. (May 2005)

Waldsee, 1944. An exhibition to commemorate the 600,000 murdered Hungarian Jews and the 60th anniversary of the Holocaust. The artists were requested to redesign the postcards mailed by Hungarian captives from Auschwitz in 1944. USA: Louise McCagg, Eric Guzman, Charles Harbutt, Stephen Lack, Carole Naggar, Joe Nicastri, Robert Marshall, Sylvia Plachy, Robbin Silverberg, Greg Stanger. South Africa: Paul Emmanuel, Erika Hibbert, William Kentridge, DianeVictor. Hungary: Uri Asaf, Zoltán Ádám,
Margit Balla, Ildikó Bálint, György Beck, András Böröcz, Erzsébet Cora, Ágnes Eperjesi, István Gellér B. István Haraszty, Gyula Július, György Kemény, Gábor Kerekes, Zsuzsa Lóránt, Gábor Roskó, Bea Roskó, Éva Rónai, László Rajk, Bálint Nagy, János Major, Dóra Maurer, János Megyik, György Selmeczi, János Sugár, Eszter Ágnes Szabó, György Szegő, Lenke Szilágyi, Kamilla Szíj, Tibor Várnagy, Zsolt Vásárhelyi, István ef Zámbó. Germany: Annette Munk, Anton Würth.

The material of the exhibition was on display at the Collegium Hungaricum in Berlin in May 2005 and at the Hebrew Union College Museum in New York in July 2005. We published a catalogue with the support of Szerencsejáték Rt. and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the occasion. (May 2004)

One of the goals of our foundation is to locate works and collections of Hungarian origin abroad, to present those in Hungary, and, if possible, to facilitate their inclusion in Hungarian public collections.

The Makarius Collection. During the Budapest Autum Festival of 2002 we presented the works of the European School that were taken to Zurich in 1946, later to Buenos Aires and finally to New York – the so-called Makarius Collection, which returned to Hungary for the first time. The collection includes drawings, watercolours and etchings by Margit Anna, Imre Ámos, Endre Bálint, Lajos Barta, Béla Bán, Jenő Barcsay, Béla Fekete-Nagy, Jenő Gadányi, Tihamér Gyarmathy, Dezső Korniss, Tamás Lossonczy, Sameer Makarius, Gyula Marosán, Ferenc Martyn, Endre Rozsda, Piroska Szántó, Lajos Vajda and Magda Zemplényi. We published a catalogue by the title The Makarius-Müller Collection together with the Janus Pannonius Museum of Pécs, Hungary. The publication was sponsored by the National Cultural Program and the Soros Foundation. (November 2002)

Cryptography. Zsuzsa Szenes created the collage series in the United States in 1981 – we transported it back to Hungary in 2002. The exhibition was sponsored by the National Cultural Program. Our program joined the retrospective exhibition of Zsuzsa Szenes’ works at the Budapest Gallery and was held simultaneosly with that. For the opening, we published Our Marriage with Miki, a book by Zsuzsa Szenes with the support of Louise McCagg. (June 2003)

Beside their obvious professional value, we select our individual exhibitors in hope of presenting them in a new light to the public. Because of our expanding international network, we are able to invite a growing number of artists from abroad to exhibit at 2B.

Gypsy portraits. Zoltán Ádám has painted the portraits of twenty Gypsy men, women and children based on the photo collection of the Museum of Ethnography that spans a hundred years. (May 2002)

Saul Steinberg. The works of one of the most renown American graphic artists and cartoonists and the albums presenting his oeuvre were lent to us by the New York-based Adam Baumgold Gallery. (November 2003)

Key Situation, the summer of 1983. The exhibition presented László Rajk’s unfinished samizdat comic strip for the Bibó Memorial Book and the pictures of French photographer Dominique Auerbacher about the members of the Hungarian intelligentsia. (May 2004)

Voices found in Brooklyn and Berlin. Musical sculptures and special instruments by Ken Butler (New York) and Bálint Bori (Berlin). The two artists held a joint concert at the Spinoza House after the opening of the exhibition. The exhibition was sponsored by the Embassy of the United States in Budapest. (October 2004).

István Erdély. A memorial exhibition of the works of the architect and artist who died in 1987. Together with the Bela Balázs Studio and the C3 center we organized a conference on Erdély’s oeuvre. Our documentary about Erdély was sponsored by the Soros Foundation and the National Culture Program. (December 2004)

János Megyik and Magda Csutak. The exhibition presented Megyik’s first geometric drawings created in the late 1950s and early 1960s, along with Vienna-based Csutak’s latest works made of silicate. The exhibition was sponsored by the City of Budapest and the National Culture Program. (February 2005)

everythingisart. The exhibition presented Károly Klimó’s paintings along with children’s drawings, ethnographic objects and the works of naive artists. (April 2005)

The presentation of artist families. The issue of talent within the family, the continuity of creativity is an interesting field of research in genetics and art history. By displaying the works of family members together we can highlight important, previously unnoticed artistic connections.

The Erdély family. Miklós Erdély, his father István, his wife Zsuzsa Szenes, their children and grandchildren. (February 2002)

The Sugár family. Gyula Sugár, his wife Erzsébet Cora and their son János Sugár. (September 2002)

The Roskó family. Éva Rónai, her brother György, and Éva Rónai’s children: Gábor and Bea Roskó. (December 2002)

The Böröcz family. Emil Böröcz, his son András, András’s grandfather Ottó Heltai, aunt Zsuzsa Dobay and wife Robbin Silverberg (September 2004)