Invited contributing artists: Arnold Dreyblatt, György Galántai, Zsolt Sőrés, Jeremy Woodruff
Further contributors to the simultaneous concerts: Péter Barta, Lora Lorina Bóna, Dóra Csernátony, Sophie Horvath, Ágoston Janesch, Péter Janesch, Júlia Koffler, Bence Kovács, Goran Milosevic, Katica Nagy, Kálmán Oláh, Albert Orgon, Rebeka Zsuzsanna Pál, Zofia Polak, Róza Politzer, Károly Puka, Pál Placid Szabó, Attila Till, Dimitrij Vincze
György Galántai’s Chapel Studio in Balatonboglár, which he rented from the Catholic Church between 1970 and 1973, operated for four summers as a space for presenting avantgarde art experiments. Now, in 2023, it serves as venue for several exhibitions and events, organised within the framework of the VEB2023 EKF project entitled Unexpected Culture, in commemoration of the most successful year of its operation in 1973, as well as the 50th anniversary of its permanent shutdown by the authorities.
As part of the program, visual artist Hajnal Németh will create a performative installation in the former Chapel Studio for a period of eight days in the last week of September, which will be accompanied by simultaneous concerts at the end of each day.
The concerts will be based on archival texts from the Chapel Studio period (1970-73), as well as their re-edited, rhythmised and musical versions. In addition, the audience can also hear quotations from original texts by Tibor Hajas and János Major, also written during this period. The title of the project refers to Tibor Hajas’s text “Freedom Industry Broadcast, Channel IV”, which the author performed in July 1973 in the Studio.
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Previous programs of the Performative Archives event series (curated by Gabriella Schuller, KEMKI Artpool and László Százados, KEMKI ADK), held at the original location of the Chapel Studio:
Texts by Dóra Elekes, Eszter Kállay, Réka Mán-Várhegyi
Organised by Anna Jezerniczky-Klinszki
The event – which also incorporates audience participation and includes theatrical elements, stories and tales, as well as related discussions and workshop-style gatherings – will capture moments from the nearly four-year period during which the Chapel Studio was in operation through the narratives of women. The stories of these women, who, through their invisible work, facilitated the creation of the art presented there – along with their social position and how they were represented within their communities – will be offered for exploration within the context of the Balatonboglár tradition.
The spaces, buildings and objects, the wires running through the walls – and even the cracks in those walls – hold memories and stories. The shadows of the past are ever present, even if we cannot see them. What would happen if, thanks to the achievements of modern technology, they were given space and a voice in the present? Séance is a poetic attempt to move beyond the limits of time and space: visitors are invited to wear virtual reality headsets to experience this hybrid project, which engages all the senses and balances on the line separating theatre from 360-degree film.
The exhibition entitled Boglár – Here and Now – György Galántai’s Balatonboglár Chapel Studio 1970-1973 was held at the Vaszary Gallery in Balatonfüred, as part of the Unexpected Culture program series.
Date: 10 June – 24 August 2023
Curator: József Mélyi
The exhibition endeavoured to place the history of the Chapel Studio of Balatonboglár – from its beginnings to its final days, and beyond – in a cultural-political context in a manner that is also relatable for the younger generations. How could a chapel become a contemporary art venue during the socialist era? Who were the “banned” and who were the “tolerated”? An equally important objective of the exhibition was to reassess the art historical context of the event. Where can the event series be placed in the context of the international art scene of the early ‘70s? How was it possible for the Chapel Studio to become – for a beef period of time – a meeting point for artists who had never found common ground before or after?
In connecting to the theme, the Artpool Art Research Center remembered the Balatonboglár scene of 50 years ago by organising its own exhibition, entitled Fundamental Otherness (curated by György Galántai). You can read more information here.
A further developed version of the exhibition event commemorating the Chapel Studio and highlighting the Galántai and Artpool projects that arose from it was also presented at the Valley of the Arts Festival in Kapolcs between 21 and 30 July 2023.
Opening photo by Tibor Hajas: “Freedom Industry Broadcast, Channel IV”, Balatonboglár, 21 July 1973, photo: András Tóth