Lobby / Office Piece for Budapest
Adapting the lobby of the Kunstverein München
for the Office of the Organisation for Young Artists in Budapest
Networks imply the circulation of
ideas and capital, of giving and taking. Adapting the Iobby of the
Kunstverein München for Budapest involves a circulation of energy,
ideas, opportunities and resources.
During our residency in Budapest in 1999, which was also the start
of an exchange program between Budapest and Rotterdam, we felt that
while the basic requirements for identifying the office of the Organisation
of Young Artists as the heart the organisation were there, it was
needed to create a comfortable space where artists can meet, exchange
knowledge and information. Where visitors will find an easy access
into the local art world through collected publications and other
information. Where presentations, documentation material on artists,
meeting other artists, is effectively accommodated. Where local
artists are supported to communicate with their colleges from abroad
in order to intensify already existing links and to extend them.
The invitation of curator Maria
Lind to participate in her first show at Kunsferein München 'Exchange
and Transform' in early 2002, created the opportunity for us to
enlighten the existence of networks and how they overlap, by focussing
on the circulation of energy, ideas, possibilities and resources.
Kunstverein München and the Office of the Organisation for Young
Artists in Budapest share many ambitions, for example the wish to
mediate an and to create a meeting place for people interested in
art and artists. Also architecturally, lobby and central hall bare
Instead of creating new ideas and a new design 'Lobby Office Piece
for Budapest' emphasises the principles of circulation and reciprocity
as the basis of economic exchange. The involvement of all parties,
physical or financial, is part of the project and therefore indispensable.
The Kunstverein München invited the artists to participate in this
exhibition. Apolonija Sustersiscs allowed us to copy her design
for the lobby ot the Kunstferein München and to include these copied
elements inside the exhibition space. This work has been done in
collaborati0n with artists Of the Organisation for Young Artists
in Budapest. The Centre of Visual Arts in Rotterdam, the Mondrriaan
Foundation and the Dutch Embassy in Budapest supported parts of
the research and production of the project. After the end of the
exhibition in München, the Organization of Young Artists transported
the piece to Budapest, where it is now installed, addopted to the
space and taken into operation.
Liesbeth Bik and Jos van der Pol.
The realisation ot Lobby / Office
Piece for Budapest would have been impossible without the lull engagement,
help and support of the following persons and organisations. Therefore
we would like to thank with gratitude:
Apolonija Sustersiscs (Haarlem/Ljubljana), Tamas Kaszas (Budapest).
Gabor Kerekes (Budapest). Gergo Kovacs (Budapest), Istvan Csakany
(Budapest), Maria Lind (München), Soren Grammel (München), Barnabas
Bencsik (Budapest), Edit Molnar (Budapest), Judit Pálfi (Budapest),
Office of the Organisati0n for Yourng Artists (Budapest), Centre
of Visual Art / CBK (Rotterdam), Kunsferein München (München), Mondriaan
Foundation (Amsterdam), Dutch Embassy (Budapest)