Research groups

Critical Theories

The goal of the research group is to give an overview of new art history and/or critical theories that are wildly known and applied internationally but hardly known, let alone applied in the local art history writing. New disciplines (gender studies, minority studies, cultural studies, visual studies, postcolonial
studies, image and media studies, museum studies), and discourses (transitilogy, post-socialism, Holocaust, trauma-memory discourse, nationalism, etc.), as well as new attitudes and methodologies define the scope of our interest. Beyond fulfilling the need for channeling a whole new branch of knowledge into our discipline, we also wish to position art history in a more up-to-date way in
its relation to more open disciplines in the humanities, like social studies and history writing.

Compiling a reader of the seminal writings of each subfield; translating these texts into Hungarian; explanatory notes and bibliography will be added to each text in order to make the context of the text itself more understandable as well as providing necessary information for  the reader. Each chapter will be introduced by the expert of the given sub-field in our group.

Application of the new methodologies through case-studies, also taking into consideration
how the methods born in different historical and cultural contexts can be applied in our region. From the most substantial articles we wish to put together a special issue of Ars Hungarica.

We wish to collaborate with researchers from other countries of the post-socialist region and publish a volume with a provisionary title Political changes and the visual representation of the post-socialist condition, containing studies that reflect on the new critical theories from a regional point of view, and those that try to interpret the post-socialist condition.

Researchers: Edit András and Sándor Hornyik (project leaders), Tímea Junghaus,
Mónika Perenyei, Erzsébet Tatai, Maja and Reuben Fowkes

Joined researchers from the Ludwig Museum: Katalin Timár, Hedvig Turai


"The long 1960's"

This first research group of the Institute was founded with the objective to research Hungarian art between 1956 and 1972 applying new approaches. The first phase of the NKA-funded interdisciplinary research, focusing on the era's public reception of visuality and art had been successfully concluded: The essays published by the fellows of the Institute in Ars Hungarica (issue No3, 2011) are concentrate on Surnaturalism, the gender image suggested in the 1960's by the different media, on the reception of non-figurativity, on the visual myths in posters and architecture and on art education. Important primary sources of research material have been published as well. The next stage would be continued with the financial support of an OTKA research program. Fellows involved in the research project are participating in the organization of a comprehensive international exhibition dedicated to the art of the period to be held at the Ludwig Museum in Budapest and in the preparations for extending it to a series of exhibitions abroad (Poznan, Bucharest, Riga, Tallinn) with the financial support of the Visegrád Fund.

Group members: Katalin Aknai, Edit András, Gábor Andrási (project-coordinator), László Beke, Sándor Hornyik, György Jerovetz, Gábor Pataki (leader of the project), Monika Perenyei, Erzsébet Tatai.


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