Suicide – Hungary 1956-1986: A Guided Tour of the Exhibition

Suicide – Hungary 1956-1986: A Guided Tour of the Exhibition



Exhibition: Suicide | Hungary 1956 – 1986 

Galeria Centralis (Blinken OSA- Radio Free Europe Archives) – 1051 Budapest, Arany János utca 32. 

Open 28.09. – 04.11.2018 


Guided tour by István Rév, curator of the exhibition  

Wednesday, October 10, 2018, 6:000 p.m. 


Blinken OSA cordially invites you to a guided tour of its current exhibition „Suicide – Hungary 1956-1986”. The tour is given by István Rév, curator of the exhibition and director of the Archives. 

The exhibition is based on the photo archive of the Crime Scene Investigation Unit of the Budapest Police Headquarters, and includes a selection of pictures taken at suicide scenes.   

For three decades, between the mid-1950s and the 1980s, suicide rate in Hungary – the „happiest barracks in the East” – was the highest in the world. Why does a person decide to end his or her life? Why did one in every 2.000 persons in Hungary decide to do it? Where does the Archives take to courage from in addressing these issues, showing these photographs in public?  

The guided tour will help the participants explore questions of information rights, privacy, medical ethic, the rights of the dead, and will also reflect on the challenges of staging this exhibition. 

The exhibition was organized by Blinken OSA in collaboration with Fortepan Photo Archives and the Budapest City Archives


Blinken OSA / Galeria Centralis - 1051 Budapest, Arany János u. 32.