Vlado Martek, Photo: Michaela Stock Galerie
Opening: 29 February, 2020 Saturday 6 pm
Venue: aqb Project Space
Exhibiting artists: Zarko Aleksic, Christa Bartesch, Mandarina Brausewetter, Oscar Cueto, Péter Forgács, Maria Grün, Péter Tamás Halász, Ágnes Hamvas & Hubert Hasler, Michael Koch, Yukika Kudo, Áron Kútvölgyi-Szabó, Valentina Lapcheva, Vlado Martek, Svetlana Mircheva, Virgilius Moldovan, Eva-Maria Schartmüller, Robert Reszner, Márton Emil Tóth , Ágnes Várnai, Borjana Ventzislavova, Franz Wassermann
Curator: Denise Parizek
Opening performances: Laura Rambelli, NOIMA
On 29 February 2020, Art Quarter Budapest presents a high-scale, thematic group exhibition focusing on the work of Ludwig Wittgenstein.
It is safe to say that our concepts of logic, language and image as well as their correlations would look fundamentally different without one of the most influential thinkers of the 20th century, that of Ludwig Wittgenstein. Owing to constant proofreading and rewriting, as well as the detours of his oeuvre, Wittgenstein published only one of his philosophical works, the Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus: an early opus that was literally scribbled down in the trenches of the First World War. This book, finished in 1918, inspired Denise Parizek, the curator of this exhibition to present some of the intersecting points of Wittgensteinian philosophy and contemporary artistic practice in the form of a traveling exhibition. The exhibition, featuring internationally established artists and ones making their debut, can be said to follow the footsteps of the Austrian philosopher since, after its first show organized in the Haus Wittgenstein in Vienna, it travels between the exhibition spaces of the former Monarchy. In 2019, the collection (expanded with the works of local artists) was presented in Veliko Tarnovo in Bulgaria to great acclaim. This could be seen as an homage because the unique villa designed by Paul Engelmann and Wittgenstein for Margarethe Stonborough gives home to the Bulgarian Cultural Institute since 1975.
This year the locations of the traveling exhibition are Budapest and later Belgrade. The tour is expected to end in 2021 in Timișoara, Romania where the works are going to be exhibited in the Muzeul de Artă within the framework of the European Capital of Culture program.
Ludwig Wittgenstein was a legendary personality famous for radically turning his back to traditional, ex-cathedra philosophy; an art connoisseur scientist; someone who gave up his bourgeois existence to become an elementary school teacher at the end of the world, practicing the most progressive pedagogical methods and disciplinary caning simultaneously.
In order to reflect upon this duality, this exhibition is structured along the lines of the most diverse themes and media of fine art: personality and seemingly impersonal philosophical theses, language and silence, communication and noise, manual working methods and digital images, paintings and installations, sculptures and movies, humor and pathos. The opening of the exhibition is, in fact, a double event: those visitors, who decide to spend the last afternoon of February in the Art Quarter Budapest have the chance to experience the performances of the Italian Laura Rambelli and the NOIMA Group from Romania.
The intention of the exhibition is not to present a catalog of the Wittgensteinian philosophy, nor does it aim to enlist Wittgenstein-inspired artistic movements such as minimalism and conceptualism. It defines itself as an interpretation of ideas, thoughts and visions, as well as their artistic embodiment; a gradually developing loose network of languages and cultures, which is able to inspire the study of the texts of Wittgenstein, and to present the inspiring and fulfilling playground of contemporary fine art.
On view: 29 February - 19 April, 2020
Opening hours: Tuesday - Friday 2-6 pm
Supported by BKA Kunst, Österreichisches Kulturforum Budapest, ICR Budapest, Italian Embassy Budapest, Katona Winehouse, Michaela Stock Galerie, 12-14 contemporary
AQB ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE PROGRAM
OUR RESIDENCY PROGRAM
art quarter budapest’s International Artist-in-Residence program hosts the following disciplines:
Visual arts: painting, drawing, sculpture, media art, installation, graphic arts
Performing arts: theater, dance
Music and sound art
Literature and literary translation
Illustration and design
Art theory, curatorial and art management
ACCOMMODATION AND STUDIO
Our residence program offers all entering participants a fully furnished private room within a communal apartment located on the aqb premises, as well as a studio space catering to the project’s requirements.
Studios are assigned based on the project requirements. All studios are heated, have natural light, ventilation, wi-fi and are accessible 24/7.
We offer varied services to integrate our residents into the local art scene and assist in establishing professional connections that best support their work and career. The residency program offers broad possibilities for artists, including cooperation among various disciplines, backgrounds and interests to serve as sources of inspiration.
Mediation in organizing a solo show or presentations as a closure of the residency period at aqb.
Meetings and lectures with Hungarian curators and art critics.
Tours of Budapest and places of interest in the surrounding area.
1 to 3 months.
The fee for participating in the aqb Artist-in-Residence Program is EUR 850 per month. This fee serves as an important contribution to the maintenance and operation of our institution.
Applicants should send the following material as a pdf to Dorottya Magyar:
• Artist or group’s professional CV.
• A portfolio of related works.
◦ Visual artists: images or video links.
◦ Performing artists: a synopsis of previous works, video
links and reviews.
◦ Literature: a list of publications and professional
• A project description which clearly elaborates the residency
goals and the work to be created while at aqb.
◦ Performing artists: the description should contain a list
of production partners and expected date and place of
the first performance.
• A statement explaining how coming to aqb, to Budapest, or to
Hungary is relevant to the development of your project. For example, how does the geographic, social, political or cultural dynamics of Budapest, Hungary play a role in your project?
• Completion of the downloadable application form.
aqb is located about 10 kms from Budapest's city centre, near the Danube River. The public transport system is comfortable and efficient, with several bus lines (including night bus service) and a train line running close to aqb.