Focus – Masterpieces from the Collection of the Hungarian Museum of Photography
2 February – 12 May 2024
The exhibition Focus – Masterpieces from the Collection of the Hungarian Museum of Photography presents the most precious works of the Hungarian Museum of Photography in thematic groupings, now displayed at Budapest’s new exhibition venue, the Neo Contemporary Art Space in the City Park. There were several considerations when selecting the exhibition material: based on complex criteria, the most important pictures from the museum’s holdings were compiled to allow visitors to learn about the history of photography in Hungary, while demonstrating changes in artistic trends in the various genres from the nineteenth century to the present through seven thematic groups. In the sections titled Movement, Faces of the City, Faces, Landscape, Trompe-l’œil, The Faces of Violence and Fates, the photographs are arranged into genres well established in the visual arts, while highlighting creative approaches that pertain to photography, such as social documentary photography, documentarianism and reflections on the medium itself. Visitors to the exhibition can view the most important works of André Kertész, László Moholy-Nagy, Brassaï, Martin Munkácsi and Robert Capa.
The curator of the exhibition is Péter Baki, director of the Hungarian Museum of Photography.
copyright MAGYAR FOTOGRÁFIAI MÚZEUM Kertész André Víz alatt úszó Esztergom a Mala uszodában 1917 augusztus 31
Neo contemporary art space
The mission of the NEO Contemporary Art Space is to become an exhibition space for the world's most significant contemporary artists in the Városliget, Budapest. If we are looking for an international parallel, perhaps the Serpentine Gallery in Kensington Gardens in London is closest to NEO’s mission: in terms of location, appearance and function.