Past programs

26.10- 04.12

Culture and Free Time

Csili Cultural Center (1201 Budapest, Nagy Győry István utca 4-6.)

Fogarasi, Andreas

Curator: Péter Bencze
A video series about 6 of Budapest’s cultural and artistic centres. Based on the tradition of nineteenth-century worker’s clubs, these began to be built throughout the city in the nineteen-fifties. Later they became important sites for the unofficial cultural scene. Following the political transitions of 1989/1990 these places have faced transformations, a loss of their important cultural role, and closure, but their questions are still pertinent: what kinds of spaces does culture have a need for, and what do we understand as culture? This project, which won the Golden Lion prize in 2007 at the Biennale di Venezia, is now presented with new elements.
24.10- 07.11

Be Impossible, Demand the Real

AMATÁR (1035 Budapest, Veder utca 14.)

Sipos, Eszter and Horváth, Csaba Árpád

Curator: Vanda Sárai
The path of a bullet rushing back from its point of impact to its creation; in parallel, with the tools of visual art, the hidden story of a one-time socialist munitions plant becomes visible. Building on archival research and featuring a connected installation, this film places the forgotten story of the periphery back into the global narrative of the military industrial complex.
21.10- 23.10
Exhibition OFF-Budapest


Nagykanizsa, Second-Hand Gallery (Nagykanizsa)

Art Wall project creators

Organizers: László (Lafu) Ladány and Syporca Whandal
Workshop – cooperative exhibition and guerrilla action at the Second-Hand Gallery of Nagykanizsa and the Hazai Fésűsfonó és Szövőgyár in Budapest.
13.10- 31.10
Hide and Seek Exhibition

Run Free

Telep Gallery (1075 Budapest, Madách Imre út 8.)

Jałowiński, Dominik; Wysocki, Piotr

Curators: The curatorial team of OFF-Biennale
In the form of a several-day workshop, Piotr Wysocki and Dominik Jałowiński organized a meeting between two groups in permanent conflict: traceurs (practitioners of parkour) and the police opposing them. In Radom, Poland, at the location of the brutally quelled 1976 workers’ protest, the two groups joined their talents to achieve a common goal, the creation of a choreography to which both parties contributed with what they were best at. During the collaboration, disagreements once considered fundamental were now questioned, everyday routines were put aside.
12.10- 22.10


The headquarters of the Union of Steel and Metalworkers of Hungary (Vasas) (1086 Budapest, Magdolna u. 5.)

Bogyó, Virág; Erhardt, Miklós; Erlich, Gábor; Karas, Dávid; Kristóf, Krisztián; Pálinkás, Bence György ; Szilárd Miklós

Curators: David Karas, Virág Lődi, Márton Pacsika, Márton Szarvas
The project entitled "Bookfriendship" deals with the heritage of the regional and Hungarian working class culture and its role in the history of organized labor movements. The title of the project was borrowed from Ervin Szabó’s article, titled A Few Words on the Hungarian Socialist Bookfriendship (1916), in which Szabó, who was also the founder of the public library system of Budapest, collected all of the extant Hungarian-language literature of the Left. He argues that the enlightenment/cultivation of the working class is an important means within its egalitarian struggles.
10.10- 03.11
Hide and Seek Exhibition

From Fake Mountains to Faith (Hungarian Trilogy)

Institute of Political History (1052 Budapest, Alkotmány u. 2.)

KissPál, Szabolcs

Curators: The curatorial Team of OFF-Biennale
Szabolcs KissPál’s installation examines the nature of political ideologies. As a case study, it aims to reveal the historical antecedents to which the current Hungarian state traces back its concept of the nation, and how it enforces this in society. The artist leads the viewer along three narrative threads from the irredentist movements of the mid-war period to the current state religion and its allusions to blood and motherland, which is also laden with pagan overtones. The work was produced with the help of the grant of Edith-Russ-Haus für Medienkunst and Stiftung Niedersachsen in 2016.
06.10- 15.10

Wanted Artworks 1967–2017

ARTPOOL P60 (1061 Budapest, Paulay Ede u.60.)

Altorjay, Gábor

Curator: Kata Benedek
What has changed in the position of young artists during the 50 years since 1967? Who are more inspirational: close friends or Great Artists? How does one build networks? What does leaving Hungary mean? Among other issues, the exhibition Wanted Artworks is seeking answers to these questions through the early works of Gábor Altorjay.
06.10- 05.11
Exhibition OFF-Budapest

ALTERNATIVES. A cultural-community experiment

Arkt Művészeti Ellátó (3300 Eger, Gárdonyi kert, Gárdonyi Géza u. 28.)

Bukta, Imre; Fejes, Adrienn; Fekete, Valér; Rostás, Bea Piros; Sarkadi, Péter; Tóth, Zsuzsanna

Curators: Gábor Fábián, Erna Gergelyi
How can a creative group in today’s world find a place for refreshing architectural and artistic pastime in a small Hungarian town of Eger’s scale, characterized by general (and also cultural) emigration?
 Only if they create a suitable environment for themselves. The exhibition examines those artists both young and old who have local roots (relationships) and have had a significant impact on cultural life. This includes both those artists who emigrated from Hungary and those who remained, as well as the role they played in improving the community and Hungarian society.
05.10- 27.10

For me, Trianon...

Chimera-Project Gallery (1072 Budapest, Klauzál tér 5.)

Benera, Anca & Estefan, Arnold; Chişa, Anetta Mona & Tkáčová, Lucia; Demeter, Dávid; Kadan, Nikita; Nagy, Csilla; Stefanović, Olja Triaška; Stojićević, Lana

Curators: Tamás Don, Flóra Gadó, Ferenc Margl, Vanda Sárai
The recent project of the Teleport Gallery investigates the impact of the Trianon Treaty on the young and mid-generation artists of the region. Does Trianon mean anything for the artist of the neighbouring countries, and if yes, to what extent is it visible in their ouevre? An incidental set of objects – a collection, which is intentionally not composed of artworks, draws a mental map, where the reflections of the artists could be influenced either by their minority or majority point of view, by their generational affiliations or their political opinion.
04.10- 06.10

Vanishing Points 2.0

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Ember, Sári; Gróf, Ferenc; KissPál, Szabolcs; Lakner, Antal; Nemes, Csaba; Tóth, Balázs Máté

Curator: Tamás Don
An equivocal title, a technical term used to describe linear perspective, and a synonym for fading as well, Vanishing Points is an online art project striving for introducing significant, yet lesser-known locations of the Hungarian Holocaust, scenes that are part of the same story, regardless of the distance between them. Vanishing Points 2.0 addresses the events that took place between 1945 and 1948, a period with a number of pogroms, blood libels, and lynchings against Jews, which have left traces in historical studies, but are not part of common knowledge.
03.10- 29.10
Hide and Seek Exhibition

Society of Rascals (Towarzystwo Szubrawców)

Viltin Gallery (1061 Budapest, Vasvári Pál u. 1.)

Slavs and Tatars

Curators: The curatorial team of OFF-Biennale
The artists collective Slavs and Tatars presents an installation in the form of a pickle-juice bar, referring to the centuries-old kitchen tradition of pickling to ferment or turn sour the romantic conception of fatherland and power. The main characters of Pickle Politics, a cycle part of the project, are pickles, objects of national identity and pride in Eastern European countries. Pieces of the project introduce paternalist, nationalist visions from these countries with a sour, austere sense of humor, and advertise pickle juice, a well-known folk remedy as the sour, sobering cure for the delirium of power.
02.10- 05.11

Work vs Study

Non-Random Gallery (1111 Budapest, Bercsényi u. 7. )

Students of the course How to Make a Work of Art at the Intermedia Department of the Hungarian University of Fine Arts, Budapest

Curators: János Sugár, Balázs Byron Horváth-Kertész
Work vs. Study is an exhibition in which the Intermedia students of the Budapest Fine Arts University summarized the results of the Work vs. Study program led by Prof. János Sugár. The program started in 2015 with an aim to analyze the actual dilemmas of being an art student in Hungary. The earlier phases of this program were exhibited at the previous end-of-semester shows, and now, during the OFF biennial it will be combined for one exhibition.
02.10- 21.10
The works of OSAS members are often characterized by rule-based structural thinking and thinking in systems with the potential of generating new ideas for games. Our purpose is to exhibit games and design ideas for games emerging during the work process.
02.10- 31.10

Stranger in the Middle of Nowhere

Exhibition space of Eleven Blokk Art Foundation (1111 Budapest, Kende u. 1. )

Hidas, Judit; Szász, Lilla

A foreign tourist is murdered in a small Hungarian town. The news shocks the public. The exhibition does not only focus on the stories of the victim and the murderers, but also on the small town itself and its citizens. Can it really be just a case of bad luck that such a horrible event can happen? Who bears responsibility? The murderers? The victim? Or society itself?
02.10- 05.11


Public space, Corner of Bertalan Lajos utca and Műegyetem rakpart (1111 Budapest)

El-Hassan, Róza

Finding its roots in the ancient architecture of the Middle East (earthen dome, earthen architecture), the building stands in the intersection of several themes defining our times; eco-architecture, the relationship between cultural traditions and the present, or migration and housing, to highlight a few. The adobe dome, a symbolic location for creating a home, is interwoven with the artist’s childhood memories and with possible solutions to present-day crises.
01.10- 05.11
Hide and Seek Exhibition


The former Microfilm Archives of the National Széchenyi Library (1054 Budapest, Hold u. 6.)

Little Warsaw

Curators: The curatorial team of OFF-Biennale
At the time of the political changes of 1989–90, revolutionary events took place in the Academy of Fine Arts in Budapest. The students began a series of demonstrations to protest against the academic teaching ethos and socialist state structure of the institution. The students’ initiatives have served as a model for the greater changes in the political system of the country. In the framework of the project Rebels, artist duo Little Warsaw presents this research in the form of a photo-comic book and a new installation.
01.10- 28.10
Hide and Seek Exhibition

The Taste of Distance

Intoart Gallery (1052 Budapest, Garibaldi u. 3.)

Ember, Sári

Curators: Flóra Gadó and the curatorial team of OFF-Biennale
A group within the Hungarian community living in São Paulo call themselves Turma (i.e., ‘group’ in Portuguese). They typically enact their Hungarian identity through performances (of dance, stage plays, playlets, choral speaking, and informative lectures): they perform their Hungarianness, as it were, both on and beyond the stage. Having followed the life of the colony for a long time as a friend as well as a documenter, Sári Ember now presents a video installation about this insulated community living out moments otherwise frozen in time.
30.09- 05.11
Hide and Seek Exhibition

acb Gallery (1068 Budapest, Király u. 76.)

Gróf, Ferenc

Curators: The curatorial team of OFF-Biennale
X̣, a solo exhibition by Ferenc Gróf explores the connections between the human body and the written form of characters and texts. On the title page of Thomas More’s Utopia, first published five hundred years ago [first appearing in 1516 - PB], beside a map of an imaginary country a utopian alphabet can also be seen. New world, new people, new writing system. What does the hierographic origin of modern fonts say about them? The mise-en-scène of early modern anatomical theatre underlie the display of works but here instead of people, typefaces lie on the dissecting-table as accents and punctuation in a text of a utopia that has to be reconsidered.
30.09- 21.10

Flying Kayak

MTA Konkoly Observatory (1121 Budapest, Konkoly-Thege Miklós út 15-17.)

Albert, Ádám; Cséfalvay, András; Gosztola, Kitti & Pálinkás, Bence & Hegedűs, Fanni; Ibghy, Richard & Lemmens, Marilou ; Linke, Armin; Szörényi, Beatrix

Curators: Eszter Lázár, Edina Nagy
How do artists interpret the results of scientific research, such as the study of the status of dwarf planets, for instance? How do they deal with exogenous invasive species or the apparent objectivity of science? This exhibition focuses on the relation between science and art: the processes of understanding, the manipulation of knowledge and science, the relative nature of facts and truths.
30.09- 22.10

Taking Time

ImagineBudapest / Budapest Point (1053 Budapest, Királyi Pál u. 18.)

Bruno, Giulia; Vásárhelyi, Zsolt & Simon, Kati; van Harskamp, Nicoline

Curators: Kati Simon & Zsolt Vásárhelyi
What links the Fiat factory in Turin, the protected island of Tegel lake in Berlin and the former Copenhagen military base? By presenting three artistic positions, approaching three social experiments, this exhibition focuses on the process of democratic construction. Have there been ideas and practices in the past that might be worth rethinking? Can the experience of past practices give new impulses for the future?
30.09- 29.10

Pedagogical Partisan Action(s)

Der Punkt (1056 Budapest, Szarka u. 7.)

Forgács, Péter; Hjort Guttu, Ane; Husni-Bey, Adelita; Lődi, Virág

Curator: Virág Lődi
During OFF-Biennale, the gallery space will function as a sort of hub for ideas concerning the role of art in education. Beyond the central presentation of two historic experiments of alternative pedagogy, a carefully selected pedagogical and children’s library will offer parallels and possible contexts for the films, interviews and archive material also shown in the space, as well as linking to other projects inspired by the pedagogy of the biennale on multiple levels.
29.09- 29.10

Somewhere in Europe

Galeria Centralis, Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives (1051 Budapest, Arany János u. 32.)

Architecture Uncomfortable Workshop; Hyrcan, Binelde; Mikulán, Dávid

Curator: Katalin Székely, Consultant: Zsolt K. Horváth
Gaudiopolis was one of the many smaller communities in Hungary that set out to build a better world on the ruins of the previous one. The exhibition will present the history of Gaudiopolis along with similar initiatives that most often were born out of the courage, perseverance and enthusiasm of private individuals (or smaller groups) who were driven by their beliefs in a just and equal society. The research and exhibition project includes both archival materials and works of contemporary art reflecting on the ideas and realities of a Children’s Republic, but will also explore the period of the 2nd Republic of Hungary.
29.09- 05.10
Exhibition OFF-Budapest
An exhibition painting a rather non-paradisal vision of the future is opening in the gallery level of the "Reggeli" in Pécs. The exhibition is organized on the Berlin-Leipzig-Toronto-Budapest axis, most of the artists live and work abroad, their art reflects on local and global problems. The exhibition is accompanied by a music and literary program.
29.09- 05.11
Hide and Seek Exhibition

People Players

Három Holló Kávéház (1052 Budapest, Piarista köz 1. Entrance from Szabad Sajtó út)

Baladrán, Zbyněk ; Billing, Johanna; Chetwynd, Marvin Gaye; Ex-Artists’ Collective (Kaszás, Tamás and Loránt, Anikó); Kokesch, Ádám; Koťátková, Eva; Piotrowska, Jovanna; Straub, Jean-Marie and Huillet, Danièle

Curators: The curatorial team of OFF-Biennale
By game, as grownups, we mean looking for the possibility of alternative realities. We play because our intentions are dismissed by reality, and we play because this is something we refuse to accept. A game bolsters new skills and offers new perspectives, therefore—just as any form of learning—it does transform reality, in the end. The exhibition People Players revolves around the joy a game conveys, and playing, the soberness of discovery. A player is liberated and contemplative; they are inside and outside at once, they play and they see themselves playing.
29.09- 27.10

City Theater

Csendes Társ (1053 Budapest, Magyar u. 18.) /

Kisterem Gallery (1053 Budapest, Képíró u. 5.) /

Trapéz Gallery (1053 Budapest, Henszlmann Imre u. 3.) /

Vintage Gallery (1053 Budapest, Magyar u. 26.)

Akademia Ruchu; Filko,Stano & Mlynárčik, Alex; Gotovac, Tomislav ; Iveković, Sanja; Koller, Július; Kovanda, Jiří ; KwieKulik; Lakner, László; Maurer, Dóra; Okas, Jüri; Paripović, Neša; Partum, Ewa; Stilinović, Mladen; Treliński, Jerzy; Tót, Endre

Curator: Péter Szörényi
Eight hours labor, eight hours recreation, eight hours rest. Socialism regulated life, as well as mobility and existence in the public space. Through the positions of artists from the region, the exhibition introduces examples of the directions and the possibilities of neo-avant-garde public art. Documentations of urban interventions, performances, and spontaneous social and artistic events are put on display in venues within walking distance of each other; the exhibition also includes action photos and urban minimal actions that were more modest, nearly invisible, owing to political austerity.
29.09- 05.11
Hide and Seek Exhibition

A Sense of Warmth

Studio Hidegszoba (1072 Budapest, Dob utca 24, 2nd floor)

Johne, Sven

Curators: The curatorial team of OFF-Biennale
The narrator in Sven Johne’s movingly beautiful film works on a secluded island, which is a stopover site for migratory birds on their route from Scandinavia to North Africa. The idyllic environment and the community of scientists there, engaged in noble research, seem to offer an ideal escape for the burnt-out protagonist, who has become jaded because of the paradoxes and abuses of the modern world. However, the island gradually loses its original innocence and becomes increasingly similar to the world that she sought to escape.
28.09- 24.10
Actions within Hungarian cultural politics in recent years have not only made the situation of newcomers to art more difficult, but have also forced them into a position of reaction. This constant struggle is exhausting, difficult work in which personal skills and creative energies are subordinated by the power against which we define ourselves. This exhibition emphasizes the role of self-awareness, the joyfulness of art, playfulness, solidarity and free-thinking in the resistance to socio-political problems.
27.09- 28.10

Forecasting a Broken Past

aqb Projectspace (1222 Budapest, Nagytétényi út 48-50.)

Altay, Can; Holden, Andy; Kaszás, Tamás; László, Gergely (Tehnica Schweiz); van Harskamp, Nicoline; Šević, Katarina

Curator: Borbála Soós
How should we build better communities for the future? The political vocabularies of past times have emptied out, their meanings changed, and their ability to help in this mission has been exhausted. The notions of Communism, community, civil society, participation, sustainability and the “better future” have been successively desecrated, becoming so corrupted that now they are nearly useless. How would we be able to proceed from here?