Research team

Research team

Aknai, Katalin (Budapest), art historian, graduated in art history, German language and literature at Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest. From 1997 to present she is a research fellow at the Institute of Art History of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Between 1993-1997 she worked in Studio Gallery, Knoll Gallery. From 2008 to present she is doing her postgraduate studies at the Aesthetics Department of ELTE. Since 2000 she is the member of the board of editors of Műértő (The Hungarian Art Connoisseur). She is a ecturer on contemporary art at the Faculty of Arts of the University of Pécs and at the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design (MOME). Fields of research and interest: modern and contemporary art and visual culture, contemporary Hungarian art. Regularly publishes criticism, reviews, studies.

András, Edit (Budapest), art historian and art critic. Senior research fellow at the Institute of Art History, Research Centre for the Humanities, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest. Author of the book Cultural Cross-dressing: Art on the Ruins of Socialism (2009, in Hungarian), editor of the anthology Transitland: Video Art from Central and Eastern Europe 1989-2009 (2009). She has written numerous articles and scholarly essays on gender issues, public art, theory, memory of Socialism and nationalism in the time of transition in Central and Eastern Europe.

Andrási, Gábor (Budapest), art historian, curator of the Óbudai Társaskör Gallery and the Óbuda Cellar Gallery between 1981 and 2007 (most important group exhibitions: Forms of Thought, 1992; Water Ordeal, 1995; ArtSiders, 2000). Director of the Kassák Museum between 2007 and 2010. Since 2010 he has been a research fellow at the Institute for Art History of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. He has also been editor-in-chief of the monthly Műértő (Art Connoisseur) since 2000. Fields of research include: Hungarian avant-garde of the 1920s (Lajos Kassák, Ernő Kállai), progressive movements of the 1960s and 1970s (Zugló Circle, Béla Veszelszky), Hungarian and global contemporary art (commodification; exhibition and biennial industry in the post-Fordist and post-Socialist societies). Currently he is the project head of the Institute’s research The Long Sixties and co-editor of the volume assembled from the bequest of Ottó Mezei, art historian.

Bakos, Katalin (Budapest), art historian, graduated in art history and German language and literature at Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest. Between 1976 and 1986 she curated contemporary art exhibitions at Kunsthalle, Budapest. Since 1986 she has been working at the Department of Drawing at the Hungarian National Gallery. She had written her Phd dissertation about the drawings and pedagogical work of Sándor Bortnyik. Her research topics are Hungarian and Russian avant-garde, Bauhaus and graphic design, the history of Hungarian poster design with a special focus on modern commercial posters between 1924 and 1942. Her piblications include books in Hungary, and curated several exhibitions in Budapest, Berlin and Valencia on the above topics.

Beke, László (Budapest), art historian, former director of the Research Institute of Art History of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (Budapest), Professor at the Hungarian University of Fine Arts and teaches in several Hungarian institutions. He had been teaching at the University of Lyon 2 – Louis Lumiere (1988-89) and was Chief Curator of the 19th and 20th Centuries collections of the Hungarian National Gallery (from 1988 to 1995) and General Director of Mucsarnok/Kunsthalle in Budapest (from 1995 to 2000). He was curator of numerous exhibitions, has written texts and published books on art, 20th century theory and contemporary times. Ex-Member of the Hungarian National Committee of art History and of AICA. Fields of interests: art, theory, media.

Branczik, Márta (Budapest), art historian and curator specializing in historic preservation and 20th century history of architecture. Since 1988 she has been working as the curator of the Collection of Architecture in Kiscelli Museum, Budapest. Recently she curated an exhibition on socialist housing projects, blocks of houses that were built during the late 1950s, early 1960s (Modern Flats, 1960 – the Óbuda Experimen, Kiscelli Museum, 2011). Her study of this topic was published in the catalogue of the exhibition and in a Slovak journal (Planning of standardized housing types in Hungary in 1948 – 1960. In.: Mass Housing. Architektúra & urbanizmus, XLVI, 2012. No.3-4.).

Fowkes, Maja and Fowkes, Reuben are art historians and curators whose work focuses on the theory and aesthetics of East European art from the art production of the socialist era to contemporary artistic responses to the transformations brought by globalisation. They are curators of the exhibition series Revolution Trilogy (2006-09), the transnational SocialEast Seminars on the Art and Visual Culture of Eastern Europe (2006-10) and the interdisciplinary Symposium on Sustainability and Contemporary Art at Central European University Budapest (since 2006). Their most recent exhibition Loophole to Happiness dealt with the possibility for freedom and creativity on the margins of social systems and was shown at venues in Budapest, Lodz, Prague and Bratislava in 2010-11.  Maja has a PhD from University College London with a thesis on Central European Neo-avantgarde Art and Ecology under Socialism (2012), while Reuben’s thesis at Essex University was on Public Monuments in Post-War Eastern Europe (2002). In 2010 their collaborative practice was recognised with a grant from the Igor Zabel Award for Culture and Theory. They work out of London and Budapest through the Translocal Institute.

Gregorová, Lucia (Bratislava), art historian and a curator. Since 2010 she has worked as a curator of the Collection of modern and contemporary graphic art and drawing and as a curator of exhibitions in the Slovak National Gallery in Bratislava. She studied the history of art and culture at the Faculty of Humanistics of the Trnava University in Trnava where she graduated in 2000 and at the Institute of Art History of the Charles University in Prague (1998-1999). She works also as a postgradual student of the Center of Reasearch at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava, where she is preparing her thesis about self-representation in the neo-avantgarde art of Eastern Europe. She curated several large exhibitions, e.g. retrospective exhibitions of important Slovak artists Jana Želibská – No Touching (2012-2013 Slovak National Gallery, Bratislava, with V. Büngerová), Juraj Bartusz – gestures/body/seconds (2010, Slovak National Gallery, Bratislava, with V. Büngerová), thematic curatorial projects, e.g. Painting after Painting (2010-2011, Slovak National Gallery, Bratislava, with A. Kusá), Maps – Art Cartography in the Centre of Europe, 2011, with D. Čarná). She edited and wrote for number of catalogs and books accompanying the exhibition projects published by the Slovak National Gallery and wrote for several other publications and art magazines.

Hornyik, Sándor (Budapest) graduated in Art History and Aesthetics at Eötvös Lóránd University in Budapest in 1999. He got his PhD-degree in Art History in 2005 for a thesis on the relationship of avant-garde art and modern natural sciences. It was published as a book entitled „Avant-Garde Science” in 2008. Recently, he has been dealing with theoretical issues concerning the field of visual culture and visual studies, and writes articles on contemporary art and film as well. He works for the Institute of Art History of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences as a senior research fellow. His latest book is about the relationship of Art History and contemporary visual culture (“Aliens in a Sin City”, L’Harmattan, Budapest, 2013).

Ingerle, Petr (Brno), graduated in art history and history in the Faculty of Arts of Masaryk University (Brno) and continued with a one-year art history course at the Central European University (CEU) in Prague. He has been working in the Moravian Gallery in Brno since 1999, currently he is the curator of the 20th century drawing and graphic collection. He has curated several smaller exhibitions of contemporary art and the Melancholy; Frantisek Foltýn. Košice – Paříž – Brno; Plane, Depth, Space. Motifs and Principles of Perspective in Art; Drawn for the record and The best of exhibition projects. Published in Bulletin MG, the catalogues La Moravie à l’âge baroque 1670-1790. Dans le miroir des ombres; Look Light! and the publications Pictura Verba Cupit; Acta historiae artis Slovenica etc.

Jakubowska, Agata (Poznań), art historian and critic, associated professor at the Department of Art History, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. Author of: Na marginesach lustra. Ciało kobiece w pracach polskich artystek (On the margins of the mirror. Female body in the art of Polish women artists; Universitas, Cracow 2004), Portret wielokrotny dzieła Aliny Szapocznikow (Multiple Portrait of the Work of Alina Szapocznikow; Adam Mickiewicz University Press, Poznań, 2008), Awkward objects. Alina Szapocznikow (ed., Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw, 2011), Artystki polskie (ed., Polish women artists, PWN, 2011). Co-curator (together with Joanna Mytkowska) of the exhibition Awkward objects. Alina Szapocznikow and Maria Bartuszova, Pauline Boty, Louise Bourgeois, Eva Hesse, and Paulina Ołowska, Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw, 2011. Vice-president of the Polish Section of AICA (since 2009).

Jerovetz, György (Budapest), art historian, graduated at Eötvös Loránd University (Budapest) in 2007. From 2009 he has been teaching at VISART Art College (Budapest), and since 2010 he is an assistant research fellow at the Institute of Art History of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Research fields: visual culture, 20th century, poster design, reception history.

Kordjak, Joanna (Warsaw) is an art historian specializing in Polish postwar art. Since 2011 she has been a curator in Zachęta National Gallery of Art, and prior to this worked at the National Museum in Warsaw. She has curated, among other exhibitions, Andrzej Wróblewski 1927-1957, National Museum in Warsaw, 2007, Marek Piasecki. Fragile, Zachęta National Gallery of Art, 2008 and Antonisz. Technology for Me Is a Form of Art, Zachęta ,2013.

Morganova, Pavlina (Prague), art historian and curator. She is working at the Research Center at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague, she is a lecturer at the Academy of Fine Arts. Author of the book about Czech Performance art from 1960s – 1990s (Akční umění, Votobia 1999, second edition J. Vacl 2010) and co-editor of the anthology of manifestos and documents from Czech art 1939-1989 (České umění 1939-1989, Academia 2001) and documents and text from Czech Art 1980-2010 (České umění 1980-2010 / Texty a dokumenty, VVP AVU 2011). She has curated a number of exhibitions, e. g. Insiders / The Unobtrusive Generation of the Late 1990s exhibition, The House of Arts, Brno; FUTURA, Prague 2005; Jiří Kovanda and Lumír Hladík – 35 Years / 7000 km, Gallery SVIT, Prague 2011; The Beginning of the Century, Gallery of Western Bohemia, Pilsen 2012. Published number of texts in the magazines and catalogues, e. g. Fluxus East (Künstler-haus Bethanien, Berlín 2007); Akce, slovo, pohyb, prostor (Gallery of the City of Prague 1999); Between the First and Second Modernity 1985-2012 (National Gallery in Prague).

Pataki, Gábor (Budapest), art historian, between 1975 and 1979 studied art history, history and aesthetics at Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest. He is the deputy director of Institute of Art History, Research Centre for the Humanities, HAS redactor of the art monthly Új Művészet Research Fields: art of the XXth Century , contemporary art, leader of the research project “The long Sixties”.

Perenyei, Mónika (Budapest), art historian, graduated in 1998 at the at Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest. She is a Ph. D. candidate with a thesis on technical images in art and the photographic tableau picture (based on Thomas Struth’s oeuvre). From 2006 to 2008 she was recieving the „Kállai Ernő” Grant for Art Historians and Art Critics. Since 2011 she is a research assistant at the Research Institute for Art History of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and associate at the Psychiatric Art Collection of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Her essays and critiques are constantly published in Hungarian art journals, and she had published books in the topic of media art. Fields of research: theory of photography, use of technical images in art, photography and motion picture in contemporary art, analogue and digital media, issue of representation and performativity in art based on photographical image, artistic strategies and processes influenced and inspired by photography (recycling, archive), iconophile and iconoclast attitudes (magical use of images).

Radomska, Magdalena (Poznań), post-marxist art historian and historian of philosophy, Assistant Professor at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland. Author of PhD on Hungarian Neo-Avant-Garde (1966-80). She received scholarships at the Courtauld Insitute of Art in London, MTA in Budapest and at ELTE in Budapest. Director and lecturer of the course ‘Writing in Humanities after the Fall of Communism’ at CEU. Magdalena Radomska is currently engaged in a research on the Post-Communist art in Post-Communist Europe and criticism of capitalism in art. She is writing the monograph of Post-Marxism.

Schulcz, Katalin (Budapest), studied Literary and Cultural Studies, and Germanistik at Eötvös Loránd University between 1973 and 1978. Between 1986 and 1995 she was a research fellow at the Institute for Literary Studies of Hungarian Academy of Sciences, where her research focus was the ’Values of Private Life in the Sixties’ within the wider topic of ’Social Value Orientations in Cold-War Literature in Hungary’. Her project related publications are: Chances of Compromise – Contributions to the Cultural Policy of the Sixties in Hungary – Korunk [Cluj- Napoca / Kolozsvár], 1993/VI. 72-78. (in hungarian), On Manipulators and Manipulated. Literature and Power in the Sixties, in Jankovics József – Nyerges Judit (ed.): Hatalom és kultúra. Az V. Nemzetközi Hungarológiai Kongresszus (Jyväskylä, 2001. augusztus 6-10.) előadásai I-II., Bp, 2004. II. 1128-1135. (in hungarian).

Sasvári, Edit (Budapest) Art historian, Director of the Kassák Museum since 2010. Has degrees in Hungarian and History from Janus Pannonius University, Pécs, and in History of Art from Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest and the Institut für Kulturwissenschaft, Vienna. She studied for her PhD at the Interdisciplinary Doctoral School of the Department of Modern History, University of Pécs, where her thesis will be examined in 2013. She has been working in the museum field since 1988, and her main areas of research are historical modernism and the avant garde, and cultural political aspects of art in the 1960s.

Székely, Katalin (Budapest), art historian and curator of the Ludwig Museum – Museum of Contemporary Art since 2008. Curator of several group exhibitions e.g. Site Inspection – The Museum on the Museum (with the Ludwig Museum’s curatorial collective) and The Freedom of Sound – John Cage behind the Iron Curtain as well as of numerous solo shows (e.g. Mladen Stilinović retrospective with Branka Štipančić; Allan Sekula’s Polonia and other Fables with Karolina Lewandowska). Editor of the volumes Paradise Lost – The First Roma Pavilion (Munich Prestel Verlag, 2007 with Tímea Junghaus) and Site Inspection (Ludwig Museum, 2012 with Hedvig Turai) etc. Fields of research include: Neo-avant-garde in Central and Eastern Europe, Institutional Critique in Central and Eastern Europe, Archival Strategies in Central and Eastern European Art from the 60s, Roma Contemporary Art, Social Documentary, Hungarian and Global contemporary art etc.

Tamásová, Alexandra (Bratislava), art historian, studied History of Art and Culture at the University of Trnava, Slovakia, where she has also accomplished her PhD (Existential limits of the bod); currently she is working as an assistant curator in the Slovak National Gallery, where she has co-curated (with Katarína Čierna) the exhibition Between Idyll and Drama.

Tatai, Erzsébet (Budapest), art historian, senior researcher of the Institute for Art History of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Former chief curator of Műcsarnok (Kunstahalle) Budapest (2001-2002), director of the Bartók 32 Gallery (Budapest, 1993-1999). She has been editor of Enciklopédia Publishing House (Budapest, 2000-2001) and Fine Art Publishing House (Budapest, 1986–1988). A senior lecturer at Moholy-Nagy University of Art & Design (Budapest), was lecturer at Eötvös Loránd University and at the Hungarian University of Fine Arts. She was one of the Chairs of the Section V, at the Conference of CIHA, Budapest, 2007. She had published books and numerous essays on conceptual and neoconceptual art, public art, and gender related art concerning the representations of the female body in visual culture.

Timár, Katalin (Budapest) is a curator and theorist. She works as a curator in the Ludwig Museum – Museum of Contemporary Art in Budapest where her projects have included solo shows for artists such as Jeanne van Heeswijk (2004), João Penalva (2005), Wood and Harrison (2006), and Simon Starling (2008), and thematic exhibitions such as Budapest Box (2002, with Dóra Hegyi), Unmistakable Sentences (2010), The Hero, the Heroine and the Author (2012). She was member of the curatorial teams of Cultural Territories (GfZK, Leipzig, 2003), The Last East-European Show (Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade, 2003), and Gender / Art / Net (2008). Between 1999 and 2001, she was founding member of a research group for contemporary art theory, based at the Dept. of Aesthetics at ELTE University, Budapest. She has served as programme director of several international conferences and workshops, e.g. Ethics and Visuality: Constructing Social Space (with Douglas Crimp and Attila Horányi, 2000). She was the curator of the Hungarian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2007, which received the Golden Lion Award for Best National Pavilion. She was the recipient of a Getty Grant (1999), a Doctoral Support Grant (CEU, 2000), and a Henry Moore Research Fellowship (2001). She has given lectures and presentations at various institutions, e.g. at the curatorial course of the Royal College of Art, at the Goldsmiths, at the Tent (Rotterdam), in the Zacheta Gallery (Warsaw), at the CIHA and AICA congresses, etc. She has edited several catalogues and publications, and has written numerous essays and reviews (Artmargins, Springerin, Circa Magazine, etc.). She holds a PhD in Communication Studies and teaches art history at the Faculty of Music and Visual Arts at the University of Pécs.

Turai, Hedvig (Budapest) art historian and critic. She has been working in Ludwig Museum –Museum of Contemporary Art, Budapest since 2010. Her main interests include Holocaust and visual culture, politics and art and gender issues. She regularly publishes in the Hungarian monthly art journal Műértő, her writings have been published in Artmargins , Judaism, Third Text. Other publications include a monograph on the Hungarian painter Margit Anna (2002) and as editor, two special issues of the Hungarian journal Enigma presenting the theoretical and critical writings on the Holocaust and contemporary art.

Welbel, Stanisław (Warsaw), art historian and curator. Since 2008, has worked in the Education Department in Zachęta National Gallery of Art in Warsaw. He studied art history at Warsaw University, and Postgraduate Museum Curatorial Studies at the Jagiellonian University in Cracow. In 2012, he took part in The 4th Gwangju Biennale International Curator Course and in 2013 he took part in The Artist Curatorial Research Trip to Israel. Presently, he is working on a PhD thesis about Marxism in post-war Polish art history methodology at The Institute of Art of the Polish Academy of Sciences.

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