Time machine

New selection from the collection

20. August 2020. – 01. January 2023.
MegnyitóOpening: January 1, 1970, 12:00 am
KurátorCurator: Szipőcs Krisztina

The exhibition was created during the short break caused by the pandemic, under extraordinary circumstances, so the organizers could not ignore the lessons of the recent period. From the museum’s collection of about 800 pieces, we have selected works that reveal different aspects of personal, artistic and historical time from the curator’s personal point of view.

The exhibition is introduced by works related to time, the passage of time and notable dates, and then giving insight into individual destinies and family stories, the private history of Central and Eastern Europe, through family photos and diaries. Through the works as documents, we can learn about recent history, everyday life and turning points, including the change of regime in Eastern Europe and its connections to the historical avant-garde. We can think about the fate of monuments and the connections between art, society and politics. We talk about social utopias and their failures, revolutions and wars, and literary utopias and inspirations, slogans and concepts.

The not-too-distant dystopian future and futuristic present will also feature an installation on medicine and the human body and psyche, as well as a film on contemporary warfare, war traumas and virtual reality. The moment of death was given special attention as the endpoint of human destiny, life path. The works also draw attention to the fragility and unrepeatability of human existence, to the absurdity of wars and everyday life.

We present the real and imagined technical devices, which aim to capture the moment, the reality as perfectly as possible. We also examine the relationship between still image and moving image and (press) photography and painting, while also highlighting critical aspects of Photorealism.

In connection with Picasso, we recall how the greatest innovators of the twentieth century reflect on their great predecessors, the history of painting, by weaving an invisible web between ages, works, and artists, but we also look at how the “outsider” sees Western art.

Finally, we also examine the time “enclosed in a work”, listing the works that are composed of innumerable parts, variations, works into a monumental work in a time longer than usual, hence there is rarely an opportunity to present them.