The message is the first
The Molnár Ani Galéria awaits visitors at a new location in the Palotanegyed (the inner 8th District) during Budapest Art Week. We have asked Ani Molnár, the owner of one of the most successful contemporary art galleries about what she loves most about running a gallery and how to understand contemporary art.
What is the defining factor in the case of an exhibition? What do you find most enjoyable in contemporary art?
Every one of our exhibitions revolves around a concept. Transmitting that message towards visitors is our most important mission – even (or especially) if it’s an abstract painting exhibition. Since they often respond to current issues, contemporary artists’ works also provide a wonderful topic of conversation.
Am I right in saying that the Molnár Ani Galéria is very open to more progressive, experimental artists?
It is definitely a significant part of our operations, but I would not state that as our only mission. I am more than happy to showcase traditional mediums. Our main goal is to offer a wide variety which also includes a higher amount of conceptual and new media works.
How is your relationship with museums?
In my opinion, galleries are bridges between artists and institutions. We consider it a high priority to have our featured artists’ works featured in museums, both in temporary and permanent exhibitions.
How long does it take to prepare and organize a show?
There are no golden rules laid down for that. Our first group exhibition at the new venue came together in three months; however, we usually start consulting with the respective artist a year before the actual event. The last two months before a show are always the most labor-intensive when we work on the details of the opening and deal with communications.
How do you reach wider audiences?
The theme and the message of the show are key factors as well as publicity. The atmosphere of the gallery can have a great influence as well – since I firmly believe that in order to understand contemporary art you need some background information, we care a lot about our visitors, pay attention to them and should they have any questions, we are happy to answer them. We also do guided tours on a regular basis.
What are your plans for Budapest Art Week?
We have just opened the show of Estonian artist Marge Monko whose works consist primarily of photographs, videos and installations. Entitled Women of the World, Raise Your Right Hand is a show about artificial constructs of feminine values through analyzing commercialism and product placement as well as the objectification of women’s bodies, especially hands. The title refers to a slogan of De Beers diamond jewelers whose main target group were independent women who, instead of relying on their husband, could afford diamonds themselves, signifying their status by wearing the ring on their right hand.
Don’t fear the threshold!
interview | 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.
Permanent Revolution – Ludwig Museum presents the rebellious art of the Ukraine
interview | Opening on 6 April, the new temporary exhibition of Ludwig Museum entitled Permanent Revolution showcases Ukrainian art from recent years. Although the Ukraine might feel like a peripheral region both geographically and in the context of art history, Ukrainian art radiates a tremendous amount of power and it might also help to understand our own history. We talked about the exhibition with the director of the museum, Julia Fabényi.