at the Contemporary Art Museum of Estonia
There is no beginning. I was begotten – just like you – and since then I’ve been lumbered.
Émile Ajar > Paul Pavlovich > Romain Gary, Pseudo
These are the first lines from a novel titled Pseudo (translated: Hocus Bogus), written in 1976 by French author Émile Ajar, drawing only modest attention during the time. This novel could be taken as pseudo-autobiographical writing by Émile Ajar. Pseudo was his third work, which was published a year after prix Goncourt winning The Life Before Us. Émile Ajar was Romain Gary’s pseudonym. For Gary, this was the second time to win a prize that could not be won twice. With increased media attention Gary asked his cousin Paul Pavlowitch to impersonate Émile Ajar. Pseudo is a novel written by Romain Gary, impersonating Paul Pavlowitch, in order to prove that Paul Pavlowitch was Émile Ajar, and it worked, but the exhibition does not speak of that.
This exhibition does not speak the language we understand, similarly to the protagonist of the novel Pseudo, who tries to avoid any connection to the context. The exhibition does not speak English, "but not well enough". We still comprehend something, or at least apprehend, even if there is no speaking taking place.
Of course straightforwardness does not exist here. There is nothing given, nothing stated, except for this very thing here. But here one can sense universality, topicality as well as obscurity; the construction of parallel realities, which might seem more real than everyday or identically lukewarm; stagings, portraits and renditions caught in between graveness and absurdity, that are playful and rigorously composed at the same time; things that do not accommodate, that are searching for an exit, that wish to detach themselves, that would fit elsewhere; an exhibition that is pseudo, and tries to be a whole, while at least consisting of wholes.
Curator: Marten Esko
Participating artists: Dénes Farkas & Taavi Talve, Dora García, Flo Kasearu, Jevgeni Zolotko, Kristiina Hansen & Sigrid Viir, Neeme Külm
at the Ludwig Museum of Contemporary Art
The exhibition is organised as a programme of CAFe Budapest Contemporary Arts Festival, in the frame of Bartók 135 memorial year. Works on display represent the Bartókian ideal using the devices of contemporary art, referring to, or based on Bartók’s œuvre. Our aim is to inspire artists to create new works along conceptual positions on the frontier between art and science - without restrictions of genre, but with a special focus on light and sound installations.
Curators: Bálványos Anna, Fabényi Julia, Készman József, Peternák Miklós, Szipőcs Krisztina
ÁDÁM Zsófia | BALOGH Máté | BÁLVÁNYOS Levente | CSÁBI Ádám | DORSÁNSZKY Adrienn | FARKAS Dénes | FODOR Gyula/Ben | GOSZTOLA Kitti | GRYLLUS Samu | HORVÁTH Tamás | HUSZÁRIK Zoltán – TÓTH János | KELE Judit | KONOK Tamás | KÖVES Éva | LAKNER László | MAURER Dóra | MOLNÁR Vera | M. TÓTH Géza | NAGY Zsófia | PALOTAI Gábor | PÁLINKÁS Bence György | PETERNÁK Anna | PINCZEHELYI Sándor | PIROS Boróka - HORVÁTH Balázs | RAVASZ András | RÉVÉSZ L. László | Masha STAREC | Jozef SUCHOZA | SUGÁR János | SÜLYI Péter | SZIRA Henrietta | SZIRTES András | SZTRUHÁR Zsuzsa | TORNYAI Péter - KERTÉSZ Krisztián | Ágnes von URAY | WÉBER Imre