MODEM, Debrecen: Funny Story

Funny Story

Exhibition of Lajos Csontó

10 March – 2 June 2013

Breakfast in the Open Air, 2010, c-print

The artworks of Lajos Csontó are exhibited on the third floor exhibition hall that becomes a coherent Csontó artwork itself. The title, Funny Story refers to that double pressure that the artworks and our life events both link into stories and although we understand each other and ourselves through personal stories, these happenings are rather impersonal, a kind of a “funny story” that can happen to anyone and sometimes they are not even funny. The white chalk drawings, cartoon-like scenes on the black wall vary with photo-based works and video installations. Still and motion pictures and the mediums of music create and new role-finding game that was never alien from the artist who is mostly known from his installations and text and image based photos. The oscillating meanings, the romance coquetting with banality and the deep meaning humour makes Lajos Csontó the outstanding figure of the middle generation of the national visual art. The artist also questions this middle generation situation itself with this exhibition. The show also contains retrospective elements that mainly serves as the paraphrases of themselves and are completed with brand new works so that they can tell us the “funny story” that is about private secrets and community dilemmas at the same time.

Krisztián Kukla, curator

Lesson, 2006, video installation (detail)

Lajos Csontó graduated in the Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts in 1990. He was nominated the Derkovits Grant between 1992 and 1995, he won the Munkácsy Prize in 1997, then the support the of National Cultural Foundation in 2007 and finally he got the scholarship of the Roman Hungarian Academy and the Cite Internationale Des Arts. He is now the docent of Art Department of the Károly Eszterházy College, lives in and works in Pilisborosjenő.

His artworks can be found in several private and public collections: Ludwig Museum, Contemporary Art Institution – Dunaújváros, Gallery of Miskolc, Photo Museum of Kecskemét, Hungarian National Gallery, Ferenczy Museum, Saint Stephen Museum, Gallery of Paks. The artworks of Lajos Csontó were already exhibited in MODEM, in 2007 in Body Language and 2009 in The Little Hungarian Pornography exhibitions.

MODEM Centre for Modern and Contemporary Arts
H-4026 Debrecen, Baltazár Dezső tér 1.

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