Who Writes the History of Art?

lecture & discussion

(…) What is certain is the need to re-evaluate the entire legacy of our recent past, and we could do no better than start with the forgotten, neglected, suppressed, distorted and disrupted cultures of Central and East Europe. (Henry Meyric Hughes. London, October 1999.

"Hungarian works representing different tendencies of the period are not digested, evaluated, archived, popularised — and therefore the general consciousness of art is incomplete and distorted." (Tamás St.Auby)

Tamás St.Auby, agent of NETRAF (Neo-Socialist Realist International Parallel Union of Telecommunication´s Global Counter-Art History-Falsifiers Front), presented a collection under the title Portable Intelligence Increase Museum - Pop art, Conceptual art and Actionism in Hungary in the 1960s (1956-1976) in Dorottya Gallery, Budapest, in 2003. The continuously expanding multimedia archive is made up of a walk-through wooden construction and contains about 70 multiples by about 70 artists as well as the digitalised, projected reproductions of more than 1,100 works – paintings, photos, sculptures, objects, films, videos, poems, texts, documents, etc. Soon after the Budapest exhibition, the Portable Intelligence Increase Museum was also exhibited in the BAWAG Foundation in Vienna, and in the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Geneva.

In course of the discussion, among other issues, we will examine what role this collection can play in creating cultural memory, and the role of artists in the process of writing history of art.

6 p.m.
Tamás St.Auby presents the Portable Intelligence Increase Museum.
7.30 p.m. break
8 p.m.
Discussion with the participation of Piotr Piotrowski
(Poznan, art historian, chair of the Art History Department at the Adam Miczkiewicz University in Poznan), Georg Schöllhammer, (Vienna, critique, editor-in-chief of Springerin, project leader of documenta 12 magazine) and Tamás St.Auby, NETRAF-agent.
The discussion will be moderated by Dóra Hegyi