Don’t fear the threshold!
During Budapest Art Week, Várfok Gallery is hosting not one, but two openings: the newest paintings of Levente Herman and the photographs of Mátyás Misetics, both regular artists of the gallery, are expertly planned, precisely executed, brilliant compositions. The art director of the gallery, Krisztina Kovács has taken the time to answer our questions.
Please tell us about your upcoming exhibitions and the artists!
Levente Herman’s exhibition brings you the spring. His newest pictures may be surprising for those that know his previous works: he has taken up white instead of his earlier darker tones, and the rusty industrial objects have changed places with nature. We are witnessing the rebirth of an artist which is a remarkable, exciting moment. His genial brushstrokes, dazzling trompe l’oeil details and lyrical use of color brought him great success throughout Europe, America and China.
With his night scenes and picturesque compositions featuring sleepwalking figures, Mátyás Misetics has already amazed his audiences many times over. We are showing his newest series entitled Dark Matter in which humans have completely disappeared from the depicted spaces and dark matter has taken on a life of its own. Despite his young age, Misetics has been a prominent figure of Hungarian art photography for years, launching a new direction in the scene with his 2007 series Artifical Light.
What are your strategies for popularizing fine art?
Communication, openness and cheerfulness. (laughing) We find it very important to battle the fears regarding contemporary galleries which begin by entering the seemingly intimidating spaces. We are fighting this “threshold fear” and strive to make visitors feeling exhilarated and enriched with experiences after a visit.
How do you attract younger visitors?
It is key that we speak their language. We do interactive guided tours for students regularly and we also find it really important to be present in social media. The project we are the proudest of is the art group First Generation where we would like to introduce contemporary art to twenty- and thirty-somethings at our English-language events.
What do you think is the mission of a gallery today?
Recognizing and transmitting the cultural values of our time to future generations. The judgement of professionals is forming the canon slowly, but continuously while it is also a value-creating force; therefore, it is of utmost importance that we do our work with humility and unremitting attention.
What is the role of contemporary galleries in shaping visual culture?
They have an enormous role and a huge responsibility, too. On one hand, we owe our artists responsibility: we have to look after their oeuvre properly and provide them with a continuous presence in the art scene. On the other hand, we are responsible for presenting valuable works of art to visitors and collectors that are able to stand the test of time.
The message is the first
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Permanent Revolution – Ludwig Museum presents the rebellious art of the Ukraine
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