Opening show: 19.09.2019 7-8.45pm
Acb Attachment hosts Máté Dobokay’s (1988) first solo exhibition as acb artist. In his practice, the young conceptual artist explores the limits of photography: he often uses cameraless means and operates with long phases of research before unveiling the inner structure, the raw materials, chemical and physical components of photography. The paper, the photographic chemicals and the chemical reactions being the tools of his investigations, the works resulting of his photographic experiments cannot exactly be labelled as photography. The exhibition entitled Density revolves around three different series that Dobokay elaborated between 2013 and 2019. The selection featuring abstract pictures focuses on the medium and its material aspects, as well as on the relation between photography and painting.
Máté Dobokay graduated from the University of Pécs and the Photography department of the University of Kaposvár. In 2018, he was the corecipient of the first MODEM prize in Debrecen. He has been showing his works regularly since 2012, in the Ludwig Museum, the Vasarely Museum, the MODEM and the New Budapest Gallery among others, and has participated in numerous European shows.
Opening show: 19.09.2019 7-8.45pm
The acb Gallery presents a representative selection of Endre Tót’s cycle entitled Layout Paintings, created between 1988 and 1991. Tót’s Layout Paintings can, in every respect, be regarded as a novelty both by professional circles and by public audiences; this is their first appearance since their original presentation at the Galerie Ucher of Cologne, almost thirty years ago, in 1991.
In the second half of the 1980s Tót produced cycles of works in which his previous conceptual ideas now found expression through the formal and material tools of painting. Of these series, his Layout Paintings have undoubtedly the most to offer in terms of their painterly richness: decorativity and the use of the patterns and vibrant colours typical for the period – with the visuality of press products. The artist re-abstracts pages, texts, images and headlines from finished press products according to his own logic – while, in the process, also allowing room for the colour field, monochrome and neo-geo traditions of painting. These works are still fresh today, however, not only because audiences had no access to it for so long, but also because they unconsciously amplify the superficial nature of media surfaces, currently subject to so much criticism.
Opening show: 19.09.2019 7-8.45pm
With her experiments on silk, Aranka Hübner (1931–2019) belongs to the great generation of Hungarian neo-avant-garde fibre artists. The technical possibilities offered by silk led her to focus on questions related to space, allowing her to connect to an international tendency of post WWII abstraction in which textile occupied a central role.
From her early monotypes to her later works in three dimensions, the artist elaborated a formal repertoire originally inspired by a set of natural, organic motives that she gradually transformed into an abstract, geometrical language. Her first, two dimensional prints on silk characterized by a homogeneous facture soon gave way to plastic silk compositions built on the idea of variation.
Hübner’s career unfolded between 1968 and 1980, coinciding with the development of fibre art and the ending of its golden age. The rediscovery of the artist’s remarkable activity in the field of visual art – despite studying at the textile printing department of the University of Applied Arts – resulted from the international attention surrounding the Hungarian experimental fibre art.
The exhibition of Aranka Hübner’s work is the continuation of a new long term research project initiated by acb Gallery and acb ResearchLab; the aim of the project is to (re)discover and present the works of Hungarian neo-avant-garde artists who did not receive in their time the professional attention and recognition they deserved. The research presently focuses on artists whose primary medium was textile and fibre. Alongside with the exhibitions dedicated to Klára Kuchta and Aranka Hübner in 2019, our research also concentrates on the work of Margit Szilvitzky.
Lives and works in Hamburg
2000 - reactivates himself as an artist, organises theatrical events in Hamburg, gives lectures at The Hungarian University of Fine Arts and at ELTE Doctoral School
1986 - translates the writings of Béla Hamvas to German, his translations are constantly published on the internet writes a book entitled Actual Legends about the history of Western and Hungarian avantgarde
1980s - makes parabolic avantgarde movies for the German television with the participation of Péter Halász, Tamás Szentjóby, Sheryll Sutton, he shoots his films in Germany, Israel, Hungary and in the USA
1979 - shoots films, screenwriter, director
1973-79 - Frankfurt, founder of an independent news agency
1969-1980 - works at a radio station in Germany, he composes and directs radio dramas
1966 - emigrates to Cologne, he is the assistant of Wolf Vostell
- organiser of the first Hungarian neo-avantgarde happening, he creates a journal of dadaist character, under the name of Laura he publishes several papers in limited edition
1965 - co-founder of Buta Költők Köre
End of the 1960s - member of early avantgarde movements, writes free verses
1971-73 Theatrology, University of Cologne
1968-71 Sociology, University of Cologne
1965-67 Theological Academy, Budapest
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2017 Körözött művek, Artpool, Budapest
2015 Welt ohne Herz, acb Gallery, Budapest
1998 Hungarian Neo-avantgarde, Kunsthalle, Szombathely
1973 HappeningFlux, Kunsthalle, Cologne
1969 Kombinat 1, Cologne 1966: The lunch, Happening in Memorian Batu, Budapest
1968 Galerie Senatore, Stuttgart
5 Tage Renne, Cologne
Vom Vollege zu Decollage, Kunsthalle, Nürnberg
4th Sunday of the Advent – Erdély’s coal-cellar, Budapest
1966 Az ebéd, Happening in Memoriam Batu, Budapest
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2018 Bookmarks - Revisiting Hungarian Art of the 1960s and 1970s, The Vinyl Factory Soho, London
2017 The Way They See. An Overview of Hungarian Photography, National Museum, Warsaw, Poland
VIDEO: then and now - The C3 video collection, Magma Contemporary Art Space, SF. Gheorghe, Romania
AWARDS AND SCHOLARSHIPS
1997 Special Award of the Hungarian Film Week
Nemes Z. Márió: Belecsúszni a humuszba [folyóiratcikk] : Az ebéd (in memoriam Batu kán) című happeningről (1966), 2014, Flash Art : a világ vezető művészeti magazinja : a Flash Art nemzetközi lapcsalád magyar kiadása 3. évf. 2014. 2-3. p. 14-17.
Zombori Mónika: Az első könyv az első magyarországi happeningről [folyóiratcikk] / Zombori Mónika
Altorjay Gábor: Az ebéd (in memoriam Batu kán) : az első magyarországi happening = The lunch (in memoriam Batu khan) : the first happening in Hungary. Budapest : Tranzit, 2011. Artmagazin, 10. évf. 2012. 4. (52. szám) p. 66-69.