Pécs Workshop 1968–1980

Mama Said Knock You Out

Pécs Workshop 1968–1980

Mama Said Knock You Out

Exhibition

23 Sep– 15 Oct 2016

Opening

22 Sep 18:00 with DJ Meier-Lansky

Curated by

Amir Shariat

Location

Baumgasse 42/7, 1030 Wien

Thanks to

abc Gallery, Budapest, viennacontemporary 2016

Photography

Stefan Lux

The PÉCS WORKSHOP was composed of Tamás Aknai, Ferenc Ficzek, Károly Halász, Károly Kismányoki, Sándor Pinczehely, Lajos Szelényi and Kálmán Szíjártó, all members of the Studio of Applied Arts of Pécs, led by Ferenc Lantos. The group considered the activities of the Bauhaus movement as exemplary, especially in its technical approach. Apart from the Hungarian artists who were members of the Bauhaus school (Farkas Molnár and Alfréd Forbáth), Pécs is also influenced by the art of Jenő Gábor, Ferenc Martyn and Lajos Kassák.

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The PÉCS WORKSHOP was aware of the development of the newest artistic movements in Europe and in Hungary, but always remained close to the traditions of Pécs. Besides printmaking, painting, and photography, the group also used applied art techniques. At the beginning of the 1970s, the artists worked intensively with the enamel factory of Bonyhád, taking part in the Enamel art symposium created there in 1968, and were also active in the field of graphic design. They also developed an interest for new means of expression, especially land art, and the Conceptual approach was clearly identifiable in the practices of Sándor Pinczehelyi and Károly Halász. The group dedicated its energies to the renewal of constructive and avant-garde traditions of Hungarian art, and following the directions of Ferenc Lantos, worked on providing a base for a new visual language, a new visual culture. At the turn of the 1980s and in parallel with the first waves of New Subjectivity, the unity of the group fell apart when the respective centres of interest beginning to differ between members.

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