Unmistakable Sentences. The Collection RevisitedMay 26 2010 – August 14 2011, Start and end dates
The Ludwig Museum`s 2010 exhibition of the permanent collection displays works which focus on the complex, conflictual and often ambiguous relationship between aesthetics and politics. Within this vast theme are such concrete topics as the destiny of social and artistic utopias, the functioning of cultural memory, the borders of creativity, the various usages of urban public space, the role of the artist and his/her relationship to politics, etc.
These questions often appear in the face of power structures, which – particularly in our geo-political sphere, but not exclusively – receive an explicit political undertone. One of the most conspicuous examples is the extensive censorship exercised by the political power of the previous regime, which directly defined the existential existence of the artworks of the era, and indirectly influences the ways in which we perceive this period and show the works that were created then.
The works are not arranged according to an art historical categorisation or a chronological principle, but in a way which enables us to highlight some other (thematic or formal) aspect of the works. Some of these connections might seem banal or trivial at times, but they rather serve to provide the visitors with starting points for the formations of new meanings (Ferenc Ficzek, Zsigmond Károlyi, Stanislav Kolíbal, Timm Ulrichs, etc.).
The exhibition aims to rescue these works form a traditional and rigid art historical system that is often capable of showing only a fraction of the connections and correspondences of the works. For this reason, the exhibition strongly relies on the visitors` active participation, invited to mobilise and make use of their own experience and knowledge in the reception and interpretation of the works, thus enabled to enter into a more personalised relationship with them.
BACHMAN Gábor, BAK Imre, Bik Van der Pol, BIRKÁS Ákos, Rafał BUJNOWSKI, CSÁKÁNY István, ERDÉLY Miklós, ESTERHÁZY Marcell, Richard ESTES, Szemjon Natanovics FAJBISZOVICS, Harun FAROCKI, FEHÉR László, FICZEK Ferenc, Andreas FOGARASI, GYENIS Tibor, HAJAS Tibor, HALÁSZ Károly, IMPEX – WORKSHOPRON, IRWIN, JOVÁNOVICS György, KÁROLYI Zsigmond, KASZÁS Tamás, KASZÁS Tamás – KEREKES Gábor – KOVÁCH Gergő, KESERUE Zsolt, KIS VARSÓ / LITTLE WARSAW, KOKESCH Ádám, Stanislav KOLÍBAL, LAKNER László, LENGYEL András, Zbigniew LIBERA, MAJOR Rebecca, David MALJKOVIĆ, MAURER Dóra, Malcolm MORLEY, Antoni MUNTADAS, NAGY Kriszta, NEMES Csaba, PINCZEHELYI Sándor, Gerhard RICHTER, Simon STARLING, Henryk STAŻEWSKI, Frank STELLA, Mladen STILINOVIĆ, SUGÁR János, Sean SNYDER, SZOMBATHY Bálint, Timm ULRICHS, TÓT Endre, Goran TRBULJAK, VÁRNAI Gyula, VESZELY Beáta, WEBER Imre
Curated by: TIMÁR Katalin
Acquisitions have been supported by:
Peter und Irene Ludwig Stiftung, Aachen; Nemzeti Kulturális Alap; Oktatási és Kulturális Minisztérium