Tamás T. Kaszás, Cover, Ausstellungskatalog "Ipartev I.", 1968
Gestaltung: György Kemény
In the Waldstraßensaal `Invisible History of Exhibitions. Parallel Chronologies´ presents a documentary selection from the same-named project of tranzit.hu, which deals with art exhibitions in Eastern Europe from the 1960s to the present day. Exhibitions, as established forms for the presentation of art, are critically illuminated and investigated in terms of their relationship to the public.
During this period, progressive art could generally not be presented in public art institutions, but often only took place in 'second publicity': in clubs, cultural houses, private flats or other off-site spaces outside of public art institutions.
The Hungarian artist Tamás T. Kaszás has developed a unique exhibition architecture for the exhibition at the Badischer Kunstverein.
The `Free School for Art Theory and Practice´ also takes place in the Waldstraßensaal; an educational and intermediary model, which has been run by tranzit.hu for several years and has now been transferred to the Badischer Kunstverein. Workshops and talks from theorists and artists from Hungary convey insights into the themes of the exhibition. The Hungarian curator Lívia Páldi has been invited to talk about her exhibition on the Béla Balázs Filmstudio and to discuss questions about film production under politically and socially precarious conditions. The Hungarian theorist and curator, Beata Hock, deals with the role of women in film production between 1945 and 2005 in Hungary and illuminates the relationship between gender and film.
The grassroots initiative `Impex-Contemporary Art Provider´ (Rita Kálmán / Katarina evic') will talk about Budapest's independent art scene of the past 20 years and link it to the history of independent art spaces in Germany.
Curated by Dóra Hegyi/tranzit.hu and Anja Casser/Badischer Kunstverein.
The exhibition is presented in the context of Karlsruhe's 20th Festival of European Culture 2010.