’Unwanted Butterfly’ Exhibition, Capa Center Budapest

  • 3 Aug 2020 10:31 AM
’Unwanted Butterfly’ Exhibition, Capa Center Budapest
Seen until 23 August. 'Unwanted Butterfly' spent half of his 40 years behind bars, so he had plenty of time to have his whole body tattooed.

He was an unusual sight in Socialist Hungary, comfortable both in the prison and in the Budapest underground scene, doing gigs with the famous band Sziámi in the Black Hole alternative club, drawing, painting, creating puzzles, and writing a journal.

“My name is Pillangó, the Hungarian Butterfly, but my real name is Ferenc Deák. Not the national hero, the so-called wise man of the nation, more like the national felon.”

Photojournalist Tamás Urbán met him in 1988 for the first time, in the Csillag Prison of Szeged, Hungary. His exhibition includes disturbing graphic content - visitors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by adult supervision.

The presentation shows a selection of the photographs taken over six years until Butterfly’s death in 1994, as well as of the objects and documents collected by Tamás, and of Butterfly’s journal.

HUF 2,000

Opening hours:

Tuesday–Friday: 2pm–7pm, Saturday–Sunday: 11am–7pm
Closed on Mondays and on public holidays

Capa Center
1065 Budapest, Nagymező u. 8.


Photo courtesy of  Tamás Urbán

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