Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Rijeka: Don’t Try to Make it Logical!

Csaba Nemes – Don’t Try to Make it Logical!

Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Rijeka

25 June – 19 July 2014

Curated by Maja and Reuben Fowkes

In his distinctive and wide-ranging critical art practice, Hungarian artist Csaba Nemes investigates the overlaps between personal and political history, the dark side of the nationalist psyche, and the fragile bonds of social solidarity. The exhibition Don’t Try to Make it Logical at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rijeka surveys Nemes’s singular artistic achievement that deftly incorporates painting, drawing, film, animation, photography, as well as art activism.

The title of the exhibition derives from the ultimate Central European writer Franz Kafka, referring both to Nemes’s attraction to the outlandish psychological dramas of the socialist past and to the surreal political situation in contemporary Hungary, marked by increasingly Kafkaesque episodes, that also appear as motifs in his work. Switching his role from that of a flaneur of transition to an activist for artistic freedom and democracy, Nemes’s approach alternates between delivering a vibrant chronicle of the transformations in Hungarian society on the rocky road from decayed state socialism to failing liberal capitalism, to the taking of an impassioned position towards ideological distortions in contemporary Hungary and the prospects for a grassroots revival of democratic culture.

Csaba Nemes was born in 1966 and lives and works in Budapest. He graduated from the Hungarian Art Academy in 1989, where he also defended his DLA in 2010. He is a lecturer at the Art Academy of the University of Pécs and is represented by Knoll Gallery Budapest/Vienna. Recent exhibitions include: History in Art (MOCAK, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Krakow, 2011); Let's Talk About Nationalism! Between Ideology and Identity, Kumu Art Museum, Tallinn (2010); and Loophole to Happiness, Muzeum Sztuki Lodz (2011). As a member of the group Free Artists, he has played a prominent role in artist-led protests against the rightwing takeover of culture in Hungary. He was the winner of the 2013 Leopold Bloom Prize organised at Ludwig Museum Budapest, as a result of which his solo exhibition is organised at MMSU Rijeka. 

Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Rijeka

Dolac 1/II, Rijeka

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