'Concrete Photo, Photogram Exhibition', Vasarely Museum Budapest, Shown Now

  • 2 Sep 2010 3:00 AM
'Concrete Photo, Photogram Exhibition', Vasarely Museum Budapest, Shown Now
"The exhibition running at the Vasarely Museum presents works of art by the most outstanding representatives of the photogram, as yet not so well known to the Hungarian public. The photogram, which oscillates on the borderline between photographic art and the fine arts, will guide visitors into the world of freedom, creativity and experimentation through 80 works of art by some 40 artists in the Zichy Museum in Óbuda.

Modern art where there was no longer a borderline between genres evolved in the 1920s with one of its prominent representatives being László Moholy-Nagy, perhaps the most well known Hungarian artist worldwide. Concrete Photo, Photogram will exhibit his works together with those by Lucien Hervé, Pierre Cordier, Thomas Freiler and Balázs Czeizel.


In the first decade of the 20th century painters Wassily Kandinsky and Theo van Doesburg coined the term “concrete art” for a still vigorous abstractionist trend that proposes an autonomous inner organisation in painting and plastic art independent of the external visual reality. Concrete photography and the photogram appeared alongside concrete painting. International contemporary art exhibitions display photographs in which the light and shade of visual forms have an autonomous pictorial meaning, as well as photograms, which are photo-works, images and objects made without a camera.

The photogram is a broad term covering diverse image-production techniques ranging from traditional object-light imprints to chemograms, luminograms, thermograms and other new, explorative methods. The artist encounters light, light-sensitive materials, chemicals and their coefficient inner regularities using a minimum of artistic tools.

In the 1920s the adherents of modern art, stepping across the borderlines between genres, turned their attention to the century-old technique of imprinting with light. Pioneering figures of the movement included László Moholy-Nagy, Christian Schad and Man Ray. The innovative fields of photo-, lumino-, and chemograms have captured the imagination of generations of artists, including many Hungarians, with renewing impetus since the very beginning. Some artists build their entire oeuvre on this art form, while others regard it as a means to link analog and digital visuality.

The exhibition can be viewed daily from 10 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. until 26 September, except Mondays.

Address: Budapest, III. Szentlélek tér 6."

Source: Museum of Fine Arts

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