Contemporary Art of Cered in Budapest
Hungarian Fine Artists’ House, Olof Palme House, Budapest, May–June 2010
There are artists who do not leave the studio for years on end, and there are some artists, who find creative inspiration in new surroundings, new settings. Some of them draw inspiration from the location, and there are those to whom the surroundings serve merely as props or the set, and the audience is equally unimportant. There are those who always return to the same place, but in recent years a new „species” of artist, the travelling artist, has evolved. These artists always show up at different places, change colonys and look for new, exciting challenges. As a result of the above, in the most recent history of art, art colonys developed – and have been flourishing for over one hundred years now.These colonies have their own very special local flavours; nevertheless have effects that reach beyond the confines of the location. The art colony – by definition – is a place where artists who are of the same school of thought can collaborate or at least interact with each other either spontaneously or in an organized way; it is an opportunity for artists to think together and find the solution to artistic challenges together. The Art Colony of Cered is quite young compared to the other art colonies; the Nagybánya, Gödöllő and Szolnok Art Colonies were first set up more than a hundred years ago, while the Cered Art Colony is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year. What distinguishes the Cered Art Colony from the numerous other colonies that are either state-funded or, more often, run by small local, grass-roots organizations, is that it has a lot of unique features.
Of course, Cered has fantastic scenery; what makes it so attractive is the closeness of nature and the feeling that it is so far away from the noise of the city. However, the North-Hungarian region attracts not only fine artists but writers, actors, musicians and filmmakers as well, thereby connecting These art forms, creating a synthesis of the arts, and prompting experimentation. Representatives of not only one art form but several are invited to the art colony. Painters, graphic artists, sculptors, textile artists, photographers and potters work together – creating interaction regarding the use of tecniques as well as materials. It is also important the artists come not only from Nógrád County or Hungary but from neighbouring countries: Austria, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Serbia as well as from Belgium, Sweden, and overseas countries like Argentina, facilitating an international dialogue between artists. The artistic connections, and the creation of a characteristic synthesis of works of art – in addition to the intangible, nevertheless pervasive atmosphere of the place – comes from the theme of the given period, which is usually based on local characteristics and traditions, making it the force behind artistic creation that bears the characteristics of Cered, but goes beyond the borders of the village at the same time. It is not only the special profile of the Cered International Art Colony that can be seen through the artworks created here, but they also reflect the history of Central Europe and Europe around the turn of the millennium as well.
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