COMMON SPACE - The question of Ethnic Minorities and Cultural Identity in the Art of the Carpathian Basin

The patron of the exhibition is SÓLYOM László the president of the Hungarian Republic
The exhibition will be opened by DURAY Miklós
Performance: Gusztáv Ütő
The chief media supporter of the exhibition and its programmes is

In today's stirred up life in the region and the world, loaded with problems, in which political negotiations and ethnic attitudes decide the fate of individuals and nations, the minority question has until now not (effectively) had its say in the Hungarian art scene. The writing of art history has fallen silent - with all due respect to the exceptions - on the traditional questions of the correlations between existence and art, culture and cultures in Central Europe.
With our exhibition, we have raised simple questions: Do the living conditions and institutions of ethnic groups living in minority status allow for the birth of art today in their circles? Is that which is born in the minority as art, according to the minority interpretation - art? And is it able to appear as art, and can it be public in minority or majority culture, or in each case, in universal culture or that of the homeland?
The concept of the exhibition is concentrated around three principal themes: firstly, taking into consideration issues tied to the mother nation or diverging from the majority nationality in the case of ethnic minorities in the Carpathian Basin; secondly, focusing on the appearance and significance of dual identities; and thirdly, presenting artworks reflecting upon minority issues and questions of identity.

Curators: BORDÁCS Andrea, ERFÁN Ferenc, JUNGHAUS Tímea, KESERU Katalin, SZOMBATHY Bálint, UHL Gabriella , VÉCSI NAGY Zoltán, WEHNER Tibor

Exhibited artists:
Péter C. Abonyi / Slovakia
Magdalena Frei / Austria
Zoltán Ádám / Hungary
Mihály Novák / Serbia-Montenegro
József Benes / Serbia-Montenegro
Jolán Oláh / Hungary
András Benk / Romania
Mara Oláh (Omara) / Hungary
János Bittenbinder / Netherland
Teréz Orsós / Hungary
Ioan Bunus / French
Péter Ózsvári / Serbia-Montenegro
Péter Csíkvári / Hungary
Péter Pásztor / Slovakia
Bazil Duliskovich / Hungary
Ráczné Gyöngyi Kalányos / Hungary
Károly Elekes / Hungary
Péter Sugár / Hungary
Róza El-Hasszan /Hungary
Zoltán Szabó (Judóka) / Romania
El Kazovszkij / Hungary
Ferenc Szemán (Öcsi) / Ukraine
Zsuzsa L. Farkas / Hungary
Lenke Szilágyi / Hungary
Tibor Huszár / Slovakia
Zoltán V. Szilágyi / Hungary
Ferenc Király / Slovenia
Bálint Szombathy / Hungary
Nura Leila / Germany
István Török / Serbia-Montenegro
Nándor Litomericzky / Slovakia
Gusztáv Ütő / Romania
Anna Makovecz / Hungary
István Zsáki / Serbia-Montenegro

Museum Talks
14 May, Sunday, 11 a.m.
Survey of contemporary art's public
Presented by art historian Kinga German and the students of Pázmány Péter Catholic University

17 May, Wednesday, 6.p.m.
The status of minorities and minority arts
Panel: Member of Parliament Miklós Csapody, historians András Kovács and László Szarka, sociologist György Szerbhorvát, linguist Erzsébet Zelliger, and the curators of the exhibition: Andrea Bordács, Ferenc Erfán, Tímea Junghaus, Katalin Keserü, Bálint Szombathy, Gabriella Uhl, Zoltán Vécsy Nagy, Tibor Wehner
Moderator: Erika Törzsök, President of the European Comparative Minority Studies Public Foundation

May 21, Sunday, 11 a.m.
Is art ethnic, national, universal and/or individual?
Panel: visual artists Duliskovich Bazil and Yengibarian Mamikon, architect György Szegő, art historians Gábor Pataki and Klára Kubickova, critic Ákos Szilágyi
Moderator: Keserü Katalin, Director of the Museum

7 June, Wednesday, 6 p.m.
Cuban art in the diaspora.
A lecture by American art historian Andrea Herrera

21 June, Wednesday, 6. p.m.
Roma Museum?
Panel: art historians Júlia Fabényi and Tímea Junghaus, Róbert Turán, Director of the Jewish Museum, ethnographer Péter Szuhay, visual artists Zsolt Vári and Kálmán Horváth
Moderator: Gabriella Uhl, Curator of the exhibition

Sunday Matinees
28 May, Sunday, 11 a.m.
Mihály Dresch in jazz concert

11 June, Sunday, 11 a.m.
Difference and identity in the literature of ethnic minorities.
A lecture by writer-literary historian Margit Ács
Featuring actor Péter Blaskó.

Film Screenings
24 May, Wednesday, 6 p.m.
Zoltán Bicskei (Magyarkanizsa): Nagyapáti Kukac Péter mennybemenetele [The ascension of Nagyapáti Kukac Péter] ( 2000) (117 min.)

31 May, Wednesday, 6 p.m.
János Gulyás and Gyula Gulyás: ő ilyen kőszerelmes [This love affair with stone] (60 min.) Ferenc Török - stone mason (Transylvanian naive artists I.)

14 June, Wednesday, 6 p.m.
Lívia Gyarmathy and Géza Böszörményi: Együttélés [Coexistence] (1983)

18 June, Sunday, 7 p.m.
Samuel Beckett: Waiting for Godot.
The production of the Illyés Gyula National Theatre, Beregszász (Bereghovo, Ukraine).
Director: Attila Vidnyánszky
2006. May 11. - June 21.

Ernst Museum

2006. April 25. - May 27.
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2006. May 30. - June 17.
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