Higgs Field

Imagination/Idea—The Beginning of Hungarian Conceptual Art

The conversation at the book launch will be about the beginnings of Hungarian Conceptual art and its international context.

book launch

Venue: Higgs Field, Budapest, Hercegprímás u. 11, 1051
Date and time:  7–8.30 p.m. 7 May 2015

In 1971, László Beke – renowned Hungarian art historian and curator – sent out a call to artists to submit sheets following the concept: WORK = the DOCUMENTATION OF THE IMAGINATION/IDEA. This is how Beke's unique collection of Hungarian Conceptual art was created, which functioned for decades as a “Concept art exhibition ‘par excellence’,” available for viewing only privately, in A4 folders. From the 2000s, however, IMAGINATION has been featured in several exhibitions, both in Hungary and internationally, and was published also as a book in itself. This comprehensive collection of Conceptual art, after its first edition in Hungarian (Budapest: Open Structures Society – tranzit. hu, 2008), is now published by tranzit. hu and JRP|Ringier as facsimiles with English translations, alongside Eszter Szakács's interview with László Beke, his essay describing the context of the project, and updated biographical data of the participants, among others Imre Bak, Miklós Erdély, György Jovánovics, Ilona Keserü, Dezső Korniss, László Lakner, Gyula Pauer, Géza Perneczky, Sándor Pinczehelyi, Tamás Szentjóby, and Endre Tót.
At the book launch, László Beke will be in conversation with Klaus Groh, who compiled the seminal publication on Conceptual art, If I had a Mind (1971), and an essential guide for East and Central European progressive art, Aktuelle Kunst in Osteuropa (1972), in which, similarly to Beke’s IMAGINATION, each artist participated with works on paper. The conversation will be moderated by Dóra Hegyi, Zsuzsa László, and Eszter Szakács, the editors of the book. The book can be purchased at the launch at a discount price, for 8000 HUF.

Editors: Dóra Hegyi, Zsuzsa László and Eszter Szakács, Organizer: tranzit. hu
Accompanying programs: Artpool, P60, No.1 Klaus Groh – “a.k.o. 1972”, reconstruction and No.2 the Artpool - K. Groh connection
Further info:

László Beke, 1944, Budapest, art historian, curator
Klaus Groh, 1936, Edewecht, Germany, artist, art historian, art educator