Museum Kiscell / Municipal Picture Gallery Budapest
16 October - 22 November 2009
Curated by Maja and Reuben Fowkes
Artists: Catherine Bürki, Eike, Yusuke Fukui, Sanna Härkönen, Rodolf Hervé, Dominic Hislop, Diana Kingsley, Claudia Martins, Alexander Schikowski, Katerina Sević, Allan Siegel, Alexander Tinei, Ninni Wager and David Wilkinson
Revolutionary Decadence is the last in a trilogy of exhibitions investigating the revolutionary moments of recent history and takes as its subject the contribution of foreign artists to the Hungarian art scene since 1989. While the first show focussed on 1956 as a year of revolutionary insurrection and dealt with artistic reflections on the possibilities of revolution, the second exhibition examined the legacy of the first global protest movement of 1968 for contemporary art. The last exhibition in the revolution trilogy focuses on the effect of the changes of 1989 on a single community in one locality, namely the enclave of foreign artists within the Budapest art world, and examines their participation in libratory forms of sociability, negotiation of the politics of belonging, and contribution to a post-national understanding of contemporary art in post-communist Europe.
Diana Kingsley, Not Your Friend, 2008
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