Exhibition


MABÉOSZ-székház

Terepmunka

'Recently, when the enlarging of the Paks nuclear power station became one of the most important topics in public discussion, the news portal Index published a summarizing article on the history of former construction. I found an odd picture (Gábor Ruzsonyi/MTI) among the photos, where the figure of a painter, Előd Nagy, is seen in the foreground and the dynamic structure of the power station – then under construction – in the background. The artist documentated and represented at the same time the works by his paintings from the autoum 1979, on the comission of Benjámin Szabó goverment commissioner. The photograph leaves no doubt about the fact that the artist is committed to the powers that be.'

Recently, when the enlarging of the Paks nuclear power station became one of the most important topics in public discussion, the news portal Index published a summarizing article on the history of former construction. I found an odd picture (Gábor Ruzsonyi/MTI) among the photos, where the figure of a painter, Előd Nagy, is seen in the foreground and the dynamic structure of the power station – then under construction – in the background. The artist documentated and represented at the same time the works by his paintings from the autoum 1979, on the comission of Benjámin Szabó goverment commissioner. The photograph leaves no doubt about the fact that the artist is committed to the powers that be.

The artist of present is also increasingly obliged to determine his own activity along the lines of a resistence/cooperation, due to the cultural-political events of recent years. What did Előd Nagy have in mind, when accepting the commission to comply with the régime’s expectations? What did he think about the challanges of contemporary art? Did he have ideological dilemmas or did he decide to go along with the job out of practical considerations? I refer to the connections of art and power by means of a large oil painting, evoking the documentarist and Socialist Realist references in the original photograph.