In the first six months of 2011 Hungary will chair the Council of the European Union, and in the summer of that year the Budapest Museum of Fine Arts is to mount a major exhibition of contemporary sculpture on the Hungarian capital's City Park Lake. The museum and the art committee it has set up decided to invite more than twenty sculptors from EU member countries, including Hungary, to display their works on the lake where previously, at the turn of the millennium, a similar exhibition was staged with the participation of twenty-two Hungarian artists. Director of the Kiscelli Museum, Péter Fitz, art historian and curator of the exhibition Krisztina Jerger, and independent curator Alexander Tolnay began making preparations for the exhibition in the summer of 2008.
They contacted the artists and together they started shaping ideas on creating new works and adapting existing ones for display on water. Alongside exhibiting universal art treasures of the past, the Budapest Museum of Fine Arts has always attached great importance to being open to contemporary art. The planned exhibition will be another important stage in attaining this goal.
The site of the exhibition is unique in Europe. throughout the summer the 20,000 square metre artificial lake situated in the heart of Budapest - in City Park (Városliget) - attracts those wishing to walk or rest near the water or take a boat out rowing. The area has also assumed a symbolic importance as it was a major site for the millennial celebrations of Hungarian statehood over a century ago, where, through the buildings erected and the spaces created, the nation formulated its concept of the past one thousand years for itself and for the world. In 2011 artists who live and work in various European countries are planning new works for this site, and in this way the exhibition becomes both a Hungarian and a European production.
All the artists welcomed the invitation to take part. Since the spring of 2009, several of them have travelled to Budapest and visited this part of the city. By the opening of the exhibition the lake-bed and its surroundings will have been completely renewed and there is a tender out for the design of new rowing boats.For this exhibition the Museum of Fine Arts will leave its premises and open up towards the widest public with its wish to convey contemporary art and make it understood and enjoyed in the open air.
Without walls or fences, the show can be seen from the bridge over the lake and from the paths around it. But the best way to view the exhibits will be from rowing-boats available every day from ten in the morning till ten at night. This special exhibition has come into being as a result of wide-ranging cooperation and support in the face of the financial and economic difficulties of the past two years. Apart from the Department for Culture, Budapest City Council, Zugló District Council and several Hungarian and European companies have provided financial backing.
1500 HUF / hour / boat
During opening hours visit to the promenade is free of charge.
Boats available every day 10 am - 10 pm.
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