Artpool Art Research Center is an avant-garde and contemporary art project and archive, which was founded in 1979 by György Galántai and Júlia Klaniczay in Budapest. After ten years of underground operation and functioning for 25 years as an NGO, Artpool became a department of the Museum of Fine Arts in 2015. In 2020, it moved into the building of the Central European Research Institute for Art History (KEMKI) and now continues its mission as part of the institution under the leadership of art historian and researcher Emese Kürti.
Artpool was founded upon the legacy of György Galántai’s Chapel Studio (1970–1973) and his "active archive" concept. Active archives do not only “collect material already existing ‘out there’, but the way it operates also generates the very material to be archived.” An active archive is a living institution that can be interpreted as an organic and open artwork or as an activist artistic practice.
Being part of KEMKI the practice of artistic research is linked to the art historical research methods. Transnational discourses and collaborations, strategies of (self-)historicization of Central and Eastern European art scenes, the institutionalization of underground initiatives, and their role played in contemporary art have come to the forefront of our inquiries.
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