A selection of works by Hungarian artists from the diaspora is on display at the exhibition entitled Hungarian | Artist | World, which opened on Wednesday at the Bálna exhibition center in Budapest.
In his welcome speech, János Árpád Potápi, Minister of State for National Policy of the Prime Minister’s Office, said that the government measures of the past 12 years have strengthened the sense of national belonging, which has become a tangible experience by 2022.
He also said that the Hungarian Heritage House has played a prominent role in the past decade in fostering the culture of all Hungarians and strengthening Hungarian identity. This exhibition is also the result of this effort, he added.
The State Secretary said that what unites Hungarians is our common history, culture, traditions, and art, and this has now materialized here in Budapest.
He also said that being Hungarian is not only a matter of origin but also a cultural commitment especially for third and fourth-generation Hungarians living in the diaspora, who hold on to the traditions of their ancestors because they are proud of the heritage that unites them. This can be seen in the exhibition of works by Hungarian artists from around the world.
Krisztina Csibi, the director of the Hungarian Heritage House, thanked the 22 artists and their families who accepted the invitation of the institution and traveled to Budapest for the celebration.
It was announced at the opening of the exhibition that the Hungarian Heritage House celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2021, and on this occasion, a fine arts competition was announced with almost 300 entries accepted, of which forty or so works currently on display were selected.
The exhibition has been shown in several countries, the first being in Innsbruck, Austria last November.
The exhibition features works from South Africa, Australia, Canada, and the United States, with artists from many countries. The collections include paintings, photographs, textiles, and sculptures.
The body of the exhibition, which presents the works of Hungarian artists living in different parts of the world, has been compiled into a catalog, which also presents the artists’ biographies.
The exhibition will be open until the end of July, after which it will move to Australia in the autumn.
Featured image: Folk dance performance at the opening of the exhibition Hungarian | Artist | World, featuring a selection of works by Hungarian artists from the diaspora, at the Bálna in Budapest on June 15, 2022. Photo by Márton Mónus/MTI