Reports

Since the beginning of the 1990s, the Studio of Young Artists’ has received a relatively stable public funding that has ensured its basic existence. On top of this, the Studio has participated in numerous national and international collaborative projects, exchanges, residencies, etc., which have been financed by special grants that the Studio has received via applications. The annual exhibitions have been realized in a similar way, and have been, in most cases, hosted by the largest and most important contemporary art institutions of the time (Kunsthalle, Ernst Museum, National Gallery, etc.). Although the organizational framework and premises of these exhibitions considerably shifted during these past decades, the hosting institutions could always be certain about the impact these exhibitions exerted not only on the professional art scene but on a larger audience as well. Since the tradition of the annual exhibition started, it has never occurred that the Studio has not received financial support for it either from the ministry of culture or the Hungarian National Cultural Fund. In the year of 2014 the situation has fundamentally shifted since the current governmental cultural policy decided not to support the existence and the functioning of either the Studio or larger art institutions that exhibit contemporary art (or if they do, it is on a nominal and almost symbolic basis). The members of the Studio decided to continue the tradition of the annual exhibitions despite the dire circumstances, and endeavour to compensate for the impossibility of the current situation with mobilizing their own personal resources in new and innovative ways. Yet one of the most important gains of this new way of exhibition making is that the artists and their works get physically closer to their audiences. The spectators are not obliged to visit art institutions and galleries (which consider them as paying customers anyway) but it is the artist who “visits” them in their everyday and customary surroundings.

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