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, Árpád Tóth Fenyvesi, 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 the 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.


The ResearchLab team:

Emese Kürti PhD art historian, head of the ResearchLab, Flóra Barkóczi art historian

Interns from 2017: Gabriella Sárváry, Bettina Simon, Rebeka Szabó

Interns 2015-2017: Réka Bálint, Anna Forgách, Lili Somogyi, Etelka Tar, Barnabás Zemlényi Kovács

Emese Kürti art historian, critic and researcher worked at the Ludwig Museum – Museum of Contemporary Art from 2009 to 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) focuses on the political and cultural background of the first half of the Sixties (1958-1966). Her field of research is the avant-garde art of the Sixties and Seventies, as well as contemporary art. Her latest publication: Screaming Hole. Poetry, Sound and Action as Intermedia Practice in the Work of Katalin Ladik, acb ResearchLab, Budapest, 2017.

Art historian Flóra Barkóczi studied art history at the Eötvös Loránd University and the Humbold Universität zu Berlin. She gained professional experience in the Ludwig Museum - Museum of Contemporary Art, the Hungarian National Gallery, and the Collegium Hungaricum Berlin. She was a participant of the complex research programme of the Hungarian art of the Sixties and Seventies at the Kassák Museum between 2015 and 2016. She is a fellow worker of the Robert Capa House of Contemporary Photography from September 2016 to June 2017 and a board member of the Studio of Young Photographers between 2016 and 2017. Her master thesis, which she defended in 2015, bears the title The conceptual use of photography in the Hungarian art of the 1970's - The exposition - photo/art.



07. 07- 03. 08. 2017

Works by Veso Sovilj
26. 05. - 29. 06. 2017

Sándor Pinczehelyi: Enamels (1970-1972)
10. 03. - 28. 04. 2017

Károly Kismányoky : Points of View
13. 01. - 24. 02. 2017

Ferenc Ficzek: Scale Shift
11.11. - 15. 12. 2016

János Vető: Vigil
08.09 - 27.10. 2016

„I write you because you are there, and I am here” – Endre Tót: mail art works
17. 06. - 25. 08. 2016

Ladik Katalin: The Voice of a Woman
04.29. 04 - 02.06. 2016

The Bosch+Bosch Group: Conceptual Practices from the Former Yugoslavia
11. 03. - 21. 04. 2016



KÁROLY HOPP-HALÁSZ/IMRE BAK, acb ResearchLab, Budapest, 2017
With an essay by Dávid Fehér: Radiuses and Points of View. Abstract Positions in the Art of Károly Hopp-Halász and Imre Bak.
ISBN 978-963-12-8617-5

ISBN 978-963-12-8361-7

FICZEK FERENC, acb ResearchLab, Budapest, 2016
Róna Kopeczky: An Introduction to the Work of Ferenc Ficzek
ISBN 978-963-12-6368-8

KISMÁNYOKY KÁROLY, acb ResearchLab, Budapest, 2016
Róna Kopeczky: An Introduction to the Work of Károly Kismányoky
ISBN 978-963-12-7721-0

BOSCH + BOSCH, acb ResearchLab, Budapest, 2016
With an essay by Emese Kürti: Transregional Discourses. The Bosch+Bosch Group in the Yugoslav and the Hungarian Avant-garde
ISBN 978-963-12-5306-1