SHORT PROJECT DESCRIPTION
We intend to present the era of the fall of communism in the Visegrad countries through a unique travelling exhibition of POSTERS. These posters - made by famous artists - reflect and remind us to the regime change in Eastern-Europe.
Linked to the 1-1 month exhibitions in the 4 Visegrad countries we will organise round-table discussions with the participation of historians, and we will offer guided tours led by the artists, and special school-tours for the benefit of schoolchildren as well.
DETAILED PROJECT DESCRIPTION
The Visegrad countries are fundamentally joined with the common past and present…
The reactions of the past draw a valid picture of the political, social and cultural situation of the Visegrad countries with the tools of poster art.
The mission of the exhibition is to portray the change of regime in the 4 Central European countries - happened towards the same time - and how these necessary changes had an impact on culture and the everyday actions of social and individual life.
These works of art tell more about the situation during the change of regime in Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic and Poland, than the bulk of historical studies; they confront us with our individual and common past through a devious mirror.
The posters in the era of the fall of the communism have always worked well: with their creative solutions and easily identifiable symbols, they had a strong emotional effect on everyone.
What else could be the aim of these posters than to blast, to surprise and to pep people up; to force the silent spectators, or visitors - expressing their anger at the very moment - to self-examination? Did they, do they see the history’s – the two decades after the change of regime – action, that define their individual life over the community and not only in historical sense.
Messages that appeared on the posters made around the fall of the communism meant the end of something.
The posters which can be either the creation for theatrical, literal, concert or festival are the works of political or social response, expressing the life sensation and the possibilities of an era.
The denial of dictatorship, a consequent commitment of individual freedom and dignity can be seen on the posters of the exhibition. The artists often depict the depth of the message with the tools of self-irony and sarcastic humor.
Although the change of regime passed of in the Visegrad countries, yet how many places are in the world where dictatorship still exists, and the message of these posters still carries actuality?
One of the aims of the collaboration of the Visegrad countries is the elimination of the totalitarian system’s remains and the defense of democracy, not only in a political, but in a cultural sense as well. Our goal through the exhibition is to draw attention to the necessity of free practice in human and cultural rights.
The topic and the exhibition is a keynote initiation in a positive way, to reveal our history and culture from the point of views of contemporary artists with different nationality, with the tools of poster art.
Since the planned poster as a genre is vanishing throughout the world as in the Visegrad countries, the project aims to save and promote the genre with its continuously travelling exhibition.
During the project in 2013, the exhibition can be seen in the 4 Visegrad countries’ (Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Poland) 4 different locations (Budapest, Kosice, Plzen, Kielce) for 1-1 month in each location.
Bakelit Multi Art Center (Budapest)
26.05.2013. – 30.06.2013.
Tabacka Kulturfabrik (Kosice)
Wici Foundation (Kielce)
Johan Centrum (Plzen)
The approximately 60 posters depicting the era of the change of the regime have never been appeared in a common exhibition, hence it is a unique inchoation. The exhibition of the Hungarian, Slovakian, Czech and Polish poster artists shows a different way of thinking and depiction techniques of the artists of the Visegrad countries in a common topic concerning each of the 4 countries.
During the exhibitions, the main organizer and its partners try to familiarize the exhibition with the national and international inquiries, conduce to familiarize the actions of the common past widely, throughout the world.
The exhibition has been received by several European galleries so far, and the USA has already showed his interest as well.