Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives
Dot.To.Dot – new curatorial visitor program starts, targeting the Hungarian contemporary art scene run in cooperation between OFF-Biennale and IMPEX
with the lecture of our first international guest, Farid Rakun.
Dot.To.Dot is a newly established curatorial visitor program aiming to boost the links between the members of the Hungarian and international art scenes. We plan to invite 4-5 international curators and critics yearly with stimulating professional backgrounds for a short research trip to Budapest/Hungary. Based on preliminary dialog the tailor-made program of our guests includes meetings with Hungarian art and cultural players sharing common interests and research topics. Additionally, we also organize public events in order to offer a platform for discussion for a wider audience.
Sharpen your perspective – The 16th Verzio Film Festival is coming soon
Between November 12th and 17th, Verzio Film Festival invites you on an amazing trip around the world via the finest human rights documentaries, which will be shown in Budapest, Debrecen, Kecskemét, Pécs, Szeged, and Szombathely. The festival offers three thematic sections that put the state of media, the life of young people, and the Anthropocene age in the limelight.
Left Turn, Right Turn examines the social and political context of groups which, because of their artistic and political programs, were drawn either towards the left, or towards the right in their criticism of socialism as it actually existed.
Members of the Orfeo and the Inconnu groups
Irina BOTEA BUCAN & Jon DEAN, LORÁNT Anikó
curated by NAGY Kristóf, SZARVAS Márton
graphic design KRISTÓF Krisztián
exhibition design KRISTÓF Krsiztián, LŐDI Virág
coordinated by SZÉKELY Katalin
1989 from a different angle – Storytelling as a community building mechanism – a visit and a great learning experience at Blinken OSA
On September 2, 2019, a group of 30 teachers and students from 12 different Eastern European countries visited the OSA . The group was participating in a program co-organized by the US State Department and World Learning. They had visited important East and Central European sites of the 1989 transition such as Prague, Bucharest, Timisoara and finished their tour in Budapest to collect the memories of 1989, the communism and post-communism through the eyes and experiences of those who were witnesses to those times.
Collective Dreams and Bourgeois Villas – Site Plan of the Hungarian CIRPAC Group
Blinken Open Society Archives, Galeria Centralis
May 4 – September 15, 2019
Joint opening of the exhibition and the 2019 edition of Budapest100 entitled In the Footsteps of Bauhaus: May 3, 2019, 6 p.m.
István Rév, Director, Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives at CEU
Bálint Kádár, President, Hungarian Contemporary Architecture Centre
In interwar Hungary, the CIRPAC group was one of the most important representatives of “Neues Bauen” [New building] movement. Farkas Molnár, József Fischer, and their associates, who were linked to Bauhaus and its mentality in several ways, ventured beyond the framework of architecture. Addressing social issues, they wrote publications and organized presentations and exhibitions—even if it meant confrontations with the authorities. Thus, besides architectural achievements, their site plan also presents the complex political conditions of the 1930s.
2019. június 16., vasárnap, 11:00–13:00: Vezetett séta a Blinken OSA Archívumtól a Jászai Mari térig. Június 16-a Nagy Imre kivégzésének és újratemetésének évfordulója, idén a Vértanúk teréről a Jászai Mari térre áthelyezett emlékmű újraavatásának napja. A Blinken OSA Archívum sétáján meglátogatunk több, Nagy Imre emlékéhez kötődő helyet, hogy a megemlékezés változó értelmezési kereteit felidézzük.
A curatorial tour of the exhibition at Galeria Centralis: Collective Dreams and Bourgeois Villas – Site Plan of the Hungarian CIRPAC Group. Contemporary dreams and villas – Montage making workshop with Lili Thury graphic designer: What does a contemporary bourgeois villa look like, what are the newest ideas concerning the housing crisis? Current architectural magazines will be cut into pieces and then put together into a montage to be used as a means to express our own vision about contemporary architecture and social issues. The montages could be used to make flyers, posters and fanzines that can be printed and taken home.
Respect and Mercilessness: 1956-1989-2019
All day screening of archival video footage on three screens from 1989 to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the reburial of the executed Prime Minister, Imre Nagy and his closest political allies.
Will there be a 1989?
From March 14 to 15, 2019 Blinken OSA organizes a series of programs to commemorate the events in 1989.
MEMORY SCREENS: Landmarks in the 1990s Generation’s Memories about the NATO Bombing of Serbia
Curated by Mila Bajic (MA Nationalism Studies) in cooperation with the Blinken Open Society Archives
Wednesday, 27 March 2019, 11am
Blinken Open Society Archives at CEU
Arany János utca 32, 1051 Budapest, Hungary
Encore screenings of popular films from Verzió 15
February 7 – March 21
THE TIME OF FORESTS
Directed by Francois-Xavier Drouet, France, 2018, 103min, French
*English and Hungarian subtitles
As the symbol of authentic, preserved, wild nature, forests are undergoing an unprecedented phase of industrialization. Heavy mechanization, monoculture, fertilizers and pesticides, loss of traditional know-how, forest management—all follow the intensive agricultural model at an accelerated rhythm. The Time of Forests is a journey to the heart of industrial forestry and its alternatives. A living forest or a green desert, the choices of today will define tomorrow's landscape.
These workshops focus on various aspects of freedom and democracy and look at ways of dealing with the past.
Unique archive footage reconstructs one of the first show trials, masterminded by Stalin, which unfolds as a theatrical performance with actors - prosecutors, witnesses, defendants, judges - lying to themselves, to the audience and to the world. The drama is real, but the story is fake. The film gives an unprecedented insight into the origins of a deadly regime, which made the slogan "Lie is Truth" its everyday reality.
THE ILLUSION OF THE REPUBLIC
November 16, 2018 – March 3, 2019
(Blinken OSA – Radio Free Europe Archives)
1051 Budapest, Arany János u. 32.
Opening ceremony: November 16, 2018, 5:00 p.m.
Opening speech (in Hungarian): László Majtényi (Chairman, Eötvös Károly Policy Institute)
This year is the centennial of the proclamation of the first Hungarian Republic, which took place on 16th November 1918. To honour this occasion, the Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives (OSA) presents The Illusion of the Republic exhibition, focusing on the rootless nature and the fall of the three Hungarian republics that were established in 1918, 1946 and between 1989 1990.
Curator: András Mink
Presented by Eszter Csákányi