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50 years of art in Central Europe 1949-1999
 
The exhibition 50 Years Of Art In Central Europe 1949-1999 is on display at the Ludwig Museum in Budapest until May 28, 2000. It shows some 200 works of artists from FR Yugoslavia, Serbia, Montenegro, Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia, and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Austria, Poland, the Slovak Republic, the Czech Republic and Hungary.
 
The period 1949-1999 includes countries of the Soviet Block, neutral Austria, Tito's Yugoslavia that was at odds with the Soviet  Block as well as a decade of art in post-communist countries. Therefore, the topos Central Europe does not refer to political categories such as communist or post-communist art, art in democracy and art in dictatorships. Lórand Hegyi explains that the Central European Societies could never create clear identity models. Central Europe is for him the region of frustration, creative chaos and multi-identity which at the same time is not accepted without problems.

Erzsébet Schaár: In Front Of And Behind The Wall,
1968. Photograph: exhibition catalogue.

Marina Grzinic and Aina Smid: 
Postsocialism - Retroavantgarde - Irwin, 1997.
Video-Still: exhibition catalogue.
 

A look at the exhibition shows an enormous diversity of artistic expression. There is no such thing as "The Central European Art" or "The Central European Style". On the contrary, what strikes the visitor and reader of the catalogues is the multitude of artistic approaches and styles.
 
The exhibition concept was created by Lóránd Hegyi in collaboration with the curators of the different countries. The catalogue in two volumes is divided in a section containing the photographs of the exhibited works, completed by short biographies of the artists, and a theoretical section, analyzing the historic and artistic developments in the different countries of the Central European region between 1949 and 1999. The 30 essays are written by 30 different specialists.
 
50 Years Of Art In Central Europe 1949-1999 was first exhibited at the Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig in Vienna. Until May 28, 2000 it is on display at the Ludwig Museum in Budapest. In September and October 2000 it will be shown at the Fundació Miró in Barcelona, from November 7, 2000 until January 6, 2001 at the Hansard Gallery/City Gallery in Southampton and from February 12, 2001 until April 2001 at the National Gallery in Prague.
 
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