acb ResearchLab was established in September 2015 within the framework of the acb Gallery. The activity of our ResearchLab focuses on research, filling a gap in the presentation and publication of Hungarian neo-avant-garde and post-avant-garde oeuvres, with regard to the context of current international discourses. The core activities of the ResearchLab include the serial publication of smaller monographic editions as well as the publication of scientific treatises summarising several years of research. Opening in March 2016, the new exhibition space acb NA gallery will sequentially present individual oeuvres and activities of artist groups, curated into a series of exhibitions.

The – network-based – research methodology is derived from the realization that the avant-garde artists connected and collaborating with each other in the sixties-seventies (Gábor Altorjay, Katalin Ladik, Tamás Szentjóby, Bálint Szombathy, Endre Tót, János Vető and members of the Pécs Workshop – most of them represented by acb Gallery today) should be examined in their synchronicity and coreferentiality. The advantage of a network-based research is thus considerable not only in terms of the avant-garde interrelations, but also regarding the mutual inspiration of artists active in experimental genres, which is underscored by documents found in individual artists’ archives. The aim of the ResearchLab is the discovery and presentation of new artworks and thus the representation of avant-garde art in contemporary discourse, as well as the creation of a database of artists represented by the gallery, which – in the long run – would be made accessible for further research.

Special projects:

  • Esoteric Avant-garde. Actionism in Hungary 1966-1975 (studies)
  • Endre Tót oeuvre catalogue

Head of acb ResearchLab: Emese Kürti PhD art historian.

Emese Kürti worked at the Ludwig Museum – Museum of Contemporary Art from 2009 until 2015 September. Between 2008 and 2014 she was a fine arts columnist at the periodical Magyar Narancs. She is the author of several essays in the field of contemporary art and the neo-avant-garde of the sixties and seventies. In 2013 she was awarded the prize of AICA Hungarian Section for the best art critic; in 2009, 2014 and 2015 she was granted Ernő Kállai Scholarship for young art historians and art critics. She received her PhD from the Eötvös Loránd University Budapest, Doctoral Program in Film, Media and Contemporary Culture. Her doctoral dissertation (Experimentalism, Avant-Garde and Social Networks in the Sixties. Dr. László Végh and his Circle) which focuses on the political and cultural background of the first half of the Sixties (1958-1966), suggests a new interpretation for the emerging neo-avant-garde based on experimental music. Currently she is engaged in writing the first volume of studies to summarize the history of Hungarian actionism (happening, Fluxus), planned to be published in 2016.

Research Assistants: Réka Bálint, Etelka Tar, Barnabás Kovács-Zemlényi

Réka Bálint is graduating this year in aesthetics and art history at the Eötvös Loránd University Faculty of Humanities.

Etelka Tar graduated in 2015 at the Budapest Corvinus University as communicator.

Barnabás Zemlényi-Kovács is a student of art theory at the Hungarian University of Fine Arts.