Central European Research
Institute for Art History

Commissioned Memory - Hungarian Exhibitions in Auschwitz, 1960/1965

Contrary to popular belief, the Holocaust was not a taboo in the fine arts of early Socialist Hungary. In addition to numerous non-commissioned works of art, the subject also emerged within official memory politics.

2023. September 15. 09:21 - December 3. 23:59
Galeria Centralis

Curator: Daniel Véri (KEMKI)

Graphic designer: Sarolta Ágnes Erdélyi, Hajnalka Illés

Exhibiting artists: Tibor Barabás, Gyula Hincz, György Jovánovics, János Kass, Béla Kondor, György Konecsni, Gyula Konfár, József Péri, Endre Szász


The exhibition and book project introduces completely forgotten yet exceptional works of art exhibited at the first Hungarian exhibition in Auschwitz in 1960 as well as a monumental fine arts collection commissioned for the 1965 permanent exhibition at the same venue. With the addition of the earliest Hungarian artworks dealing with the Roma Holocaust, the current exhibition highlights the absence of the issue from the 1960s shows.

The exhibition takes place at the Galeria Centralis of the Blinken OSA Archivum in Budapest, which is the same institution that reconstructed the historical parts of the Hungarian exhibitions in Auschwitz in 2004. The project brought forth the reconstruction of the online version of the 2004 exhibition in April 2023. The exhibition will be accompanied by a richly illustrated 200-page catalog in 2024, a monograph that discusses in detail the issues introduced at the exhibition, published and distributed by the CEU Press.

Blinken OSA Archivum | Galeria Centralis

Arany János u. 32, 1051 Budapest

Tuesday–Friday: 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

(Closed during Verzió Film Festival, November 23–25.)


organizers: Blinken OSA Archivum, Galeria Centralis, CEU Jewish Studies Program

partners: Central European Research Institute for Art History (KEMKI), CEU Press, Tom Lantos Institute

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