Neo-avant-garde and New Wave in Hungarian Photography, 1965 - 2005
7. September 2018. - 6. October
Opening: 6. September 2018 at 18:00
In the last decade an increasing number of art historians, photography historians, collectors, curators and other art world professionals –both in Hungary and abroad – have recognised the fact that between 1965 and 2005 a uniquely rich, intriguing and valuable kind of photography was born in Hungary where it thrived in subsequent years.

This was due to some 40 mutineer photographers and 20-25 non-conformist artists who used photography too, all of whom rejected the official, kitsch, socialist-humanist “artistic photography” of the era and, inspired by contemporary (American, Western and Central-Eastern European) patterns, started to conduct photographic experiments.

To this day, this was the only period in the history of Hungarian photography when our photographers did not lag 15-25 years behind an already outdated, classicized fashion wave which had long been superseded elsewhere, but breathed together with their contemporaries – something that can clearly be seen when looking at representative international exhibitions and publications of the time.

New Wave, which began around 1980 and reached its apogee in the 1990s, was not the sheer negation of the Neo-avant-garde period (1965-1984); rather, the differences between the two were a matter of emphasis. One was more this, the other more that. Stresses were moved – and at times they would be moved back to their original places.


Neo-avant-garde is more social
– New Wave is more individualistic

Neo-avant-garde is utopian
– New Wave is more disillusioned, punk

Neo-avant-garde is more sombre, it has a sense of mission
– New Wave is casual, playful

Neo-avant-garde`s use of media is analytical
– New Wave takes photographical innovations as a given

Neo-avant-garde is mostly black-and-white
– New Wave is often colourful, parts of it frequently painted or coloured in

and so on and so forth.

(Sándor Szilágyi)

Art+Text Budapest is committed to support the presentation and promotion of Hungarian progressive photography in Hungary and abroad. The group exhibition presenting progressive photography between 1965 and 2005 at the Kepes Institute in Eger will extend this programme further.

Artists: András Balla, Péter Bányay, András Baranyay, Zsolt Péter Barta, Ákos Birkás, Imre Drégely, Ágnes Eperjesi, Miklós Erdély, Enikő Gábor, Zoltán Gazsi, Péter Gémes, Tibor Hajas, István Halas, Károly Halász, László Haris, Péter Herendi, Antal Jokesz, Gábor Kerekes, Csaba Koncz, György Lőrinczy, Dóra Maurer, Károly Minyó Szert, Attila Pácser, Géza Perneczky, Tibor Sóskuti, György Stalter, Tibor Szalai, János Szerencsés, Lenke Szilágyi, Sándor Szilágyi, István Szirányi, Bálint Szombathy, Balázs Telek, Péter Tímár, Gábor Tóth, György Tóth, László Török, Zsuzsi Ujj, Attila Vécsy, Magdolna Vékás, János Vető, László Vincze

Concept: Gábor Einspach and Sándor Szilágyi