A mixture of non-dissolving elements – The first Budapest Art Week curated exhibition

One of Budapest Art Week's own exhibitions will be held in the Tesla exhibition space during the event. The group exhibition entitled Suspensions is going to showcase an exciting mixture of contemporary art and prove that even a chemical expression can be related to them. We talked with the curator of the exhibition, Krisztián Kukla.

The title of the exhibition is usually used in science. How is it related to fine arts?

The word “suspension” is most commonly used in pharmacy, while “suspense” is a well-known term of film dramaturgy. It has various meanings, its etymology is like a tree with a thousand branches. It’s an expression for uncertain, breath-taking expectation and also literal suspense, which is closely related to art. Just think about it: a lot of us are afraid to enter a gallery since we all have some kind of expectation – what will happen to us inside? And although most often nothing unusual happens, the experience filled with the thrill of awaiting something makes it special.

Who are the target audience? What do you expect regarding reactions?

Since the theme of the exhibition is also about the reactions of the audience, I would be looking forward to them. It is commonly desired that contemporary fine art should be educational as well as inclusive towards the general public and that leads to confrontations in some cases.

What is the message of the exhibition?

Its primary message is that contemporary art is an exciting mixture that takes pride in being an autonomous field, butat the same time, it would like to break out from its own territories.

We are talking about a group exhibition. Who are the artists and how are their works connected to suspension?

I asked eleven artists to be represented at the show with one work each. They are very different from each other both regarding their age and the mediums they use.

Will there be any additional programs?

Nowadays it is almost impossible to imagine an exhibition without a guided tour, therefore Suspension will be part of a tour of Budapest Art Week’s two own exhibitions.

As a curator, why do you think that events such as Budapest Art Week are important?

Contemporary art certainly has some disadvantage regarding its legitimacy in Hungary compared to other historical eras – such events can help a lot in overcoming this. Of course, this is not some kind of competition, but rather the opposite: the ability to understand the characteristics of a culture that is organized on an event basis. New relationships are born during this week, and the network of professionals who are constantly fighting for the attention of art lovers, gets a much broader representation. With the help of these kind of events, we have the chance to look at our city through different glasses – this time, with the lenses of fine art.

What is your advice for visitors?

On one hand, Art Week gives you a chance to discover new paths instead of the old ones, while it makes you get used to being an omnivore when it comes to art – at least during the event. My suggestion would be to include both the largest and the smallest event in our calendar, and to use this week for exhilarating discussions.     

Fülöp Luca  |   2018/02/06
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