ResearchLab

acb ResearchLab was established in September 2015 within the framework of the acb Gallery. The activity of the 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 and considering interregional aspects. The core activities of the ResearchLab – besides the dissemination of the research results to Hungarian and international professional audiences – include the serial publication of smaller monographic editions as well as the publication of scientific treatises summarising several years of research. ResearchLab is open to institutional and research cooperations within Hungary and abroad.

The research projects conducted by acb ResearchLab focus on the discovery and presentation of new artworks, previously marginalized oeuvres and artistic phenomena, as well as the creation of a database of artists represented by acb Gallery. 

acb ResearchLab was directed by Emese Kürti between 2015 and 2018 and is currently operating under the leadership of Kata Balázs and Róna Kopeczky.

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Current research topics

  • participation in the project Bridge Over Time. Art in Central Europe, supported by the Visegrad Fund (2021/2022)
  • Neo-avant-garde / experimental fabric art
  • research on the oeuvre of the Pécs Workshop artis
  • art in the 1980s

Publications

During the first five years of its operation, acb ResearchLab produced a series of publications dealing with the work of the Pécs Workshop’s members, the enamel experiments at the Bonyhád Enamel Factory, the activity of the Bosch+Bosch Group, the oeuvre of Katalin Ladik, Árpád fenyvesi Tóth, Katalin Nádor as well as the Substitute Thirsters’ body of work. Acb ResearchLab also published gap filling volumes focusing on the developments of art photography in the eighties and nineties, through the practices of Tibor Várnagy and Ágnes Eperjesi. In 2021, Neo-avant-garde fabric art came to the fore, by processing the oeuvre of Margit Szilvitzky and Klára Kuchta.imenaeos.