Art Market 2011 wrapped up

After over 10,000 visitors ranging from children to venerate collectors, Art Market Budapest 2011 has finally closed its doors. Overall, I would consider it a great success providing a broad survey of the contemporary art scene in Budapest. I believe it was great to see all of the galleries on a somewhat level playing field allowing each of them to attempt to distinguish themselves and present their stable of artists in the best possible light. Upon returning to the fair and taking a closer look at the individual works, one thing I noticed was that in such a setting, I was much more attracted to many of the works which used unconventional techniques and media than many of the large scale photorealist paintings which tend to dominate the current young art scene. Although I was familiar with most of the galleries, I was excited by new comer Igor Metropol as I feel that their unique stand and internationally inclusive concept certainly made a splash and raised their profile here in Budapest as I must admit I had not heard of them before the fair.
Aside from Igor Metropol, I felt that the Radar space on the first floor also packed a punch as the combination of collage based works by Haraszty István combined with the works of Basil Duliskovich and the somewhat bizarre fu dog sculpture by Ernst Fuchs provided an overall punch for the small stand.
Tarr Hajnalka and Verebics Ágnes seemed to be all over the fair and not without good reason. I greatly enjoyed Verebics’s bulldog on aluminum at the Mono stand and her large portrait was a great compliment to Zoltan+’s Monolith space. Tarr’s large work made from zigsaw puzzle pieces at Krinzingler Projekte was one of my favourite pieces of the fair. Molnár Ani also put together a strong stand which for me was highlighted by the wooden corner sculptures of Gálhidy Péter which presented an interesting dialog with the manga pop works of Borsos Róbert.
Süveges Rita’s work on fiberglass at Next Art was quite sublime as its airiness and subtle colours and shadows worked extremely well in the large space.
Bernáthy Sándor’s large work from the 80’s at Neon proved that it was possible to produce a large compelling figurative painting without the use of photoshop and a projector and Baranyi Levente’s large trademark work at Dovin only reaffirmed why he is one of the leading Hungarian contemporary painters.  The hybrid video works of Szabó Eszter at Videospace and Szabó Ádam at Inda were both fascinating with their discrete movements.
Budapest Art Market 2011 was an excellent event which can only have a positive impact on the art scene here in Budapest. Ledényi Attila deserves a pat on the back and a much needed vacation. I very much look forward to next year’s event.

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