The Way They See. An Overview of Hungarian Photography
June 13th – September 10th 2017
Hungarian photography occupies a distinctive place in the world history of the genre, as its 20th-century chapter cannot be written without referencing the Hungarian influence. It is not merely that there were a number of prominent and talented Hungarian artists active in this period; it was that the Hungarians determined and shaped the development of visual perception.
Our exhibition focuses on world-renowned artists by showcasing the work of such fundamental names as André Kertész, Robert Capa, Márton Munkácsi, László Moholy-Nagy, György Kepes, Brassaï, Lucien Hervé and Éva Besnyő and more. It places these prominent artists into the – so far – less well-expounded contexts of their ancestors, earlier masters, contemporaries and peers, presenting the factors influencing them in their journeys towards becoming exceptional image-makers. While following a relative chronology, the exhibition concept profoundly builds upon intertextuality, or rather a sense of inter-visuality. It also provides highlights of the aforementioned contextuality by showcasing the generations that followed these masters – which has become ever more possible with the passing of time – in order to provide a comprehensive and in-depth overview of Hungarian photography.
Exhibition Curator: Gabriella Csizek
The exhibition is organized as part of the Hungarian Cultural Season in Poland 2016/2017.
Hungarian Cultural Season in Poland
Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Balassi Institute – the Hungarian Cultural Institute in Warsaw
Hungarian House of Photography – Mai Manó House
Robert Capa Contemporary Photography Center
Please be aware that some of the works present in this gallery may cause offense.