Comissioned memory

Hungarian Exhibitions in Auswitz, 1960/1965

15. September 2023. – 03. December
MegnyitóOpening: September 14, 2023, 6:00 pm
MegnyitjaRemarks by: Kovács András
KurátorCurator: Véri Dániel

The exhibition and book project introduces completely forgotten yet exceptional works of art exhibited at the first Hungarian exhibition in Auschwitz in 1960 as well as a monumental fine arts collection commissioned for the 1965 permanent exhibition at the same venue. With the addition of the earliest Hungarian artworks dealing with the Roma Holocaust, the current exhibition highlights the absence of the issue from the 1960s shows.

The 1960 and 1965 exhibitions in Auschwitz were among the earliest projects of official memory politics; both represented Hungary within an international context abroad while externalizing the memory of the Holocaust. The exhibition and book project prove that although the presented works, commissioned for Auschwitz, were originally conceived as illustrations of anti-fascist memory politics, the works, as well as their critical reception contributed substantially to the emergence and formation of the memory of the Holocaust in Hungary.

Exhibiting artists: Tibor Barabás, Gyula Hincz, György Jovánovics, János Kass, Béla Kondor, György Konecsni, Gyula Konfár, József Péri, Endre Szász