K a p o s v á r, 7. Toldi M. street
Mailing address: 7401 Kaposvár, Pf.: 79.
Tel.: 06-20/9839-685, 06-20/9367-316
The change of the system in Hungary resulted not only in the realignment of economy but also of arts, fine and applied arts. After 1990, the artists’ need to form different groups was elemental.
Today the Hungarian art life has a very varied system in structure which can be detected through the atmosphere and approach of exhibitions. However, the problems in financing, operating and maintaining this system are increasing.
The KaposART is one of the oldest formations, founded on territorial basis. Still, the management of the association is flexible in accepting new members which resulted in a mixed membership consisting of artists e.g. from Budapest, Miskolc, Szekszárd, Kecskemét, Baja, Pomáz and what is more, over the border, for example Transylvania.
Their members are painters, sculptors, graphic artists, photographers, art managers. They have developed close relations with Hungarian artists over the border and other foreign art associations. Their exhibitions regularly showcase works of yet unknown artists accentuating and indicating the unity of Hungarian culture and art.
They welcome to the association those who are young and those who only start or restart as artists, whose works are not yet recognised at national level (in many cases not even in their own surroundings) but they are creators of exciting new pieces.
Basically it is typical of their spirit and thinking, their artistic character that a kind of innovative attitude governs the majority of the members therefore the association itself.
Their exhibitions project an aspect of freshness, dominated by new media. The association has a strong line of staging exhibitions, organises art workshops so their activity is complex and full of new initiatives. Organising workshops enables them to spot new talents and candidates for membership as well as a more relaxed communication between participants and members. Moreover, they do this while struggling with the problem of living outside Budapest, -which is admittedly one of the plagues of the contemporary Hungarian art life.
In the association the varied artistic achievements have always resulted in a quality bordering on the avant-garde, progressive ambitions and the KaposART often stages thematic exhibitions which are more challenging for the members. Besides, they do not neglect the role of traditions, as they have members who see their artistic task and the essence of their calling in cherishing and re-interpreting these traditions.
Among the crowd of art associations mentioned above, the KaposART Association of Fine and Applied Arts has already achieved an undoubtedly professional rank. Their events, programmes and exhibitions are not only worth attention but it is our duty to look out for them. At least for those, who are open to new values, fresh approach, daring ventures- the Hungarian art of our times. And I am one of them.
Budapest, June 2008
The KaposART Association has always had a privileged role in the history of Hungarian art associations and it is a pleasure to write about this.
It is of great importance and it has to be mentioned, that KaposART was the first art association to be formed in Hungary after the change of the system. The association was founded on 4 September 1990 by mutual agreement of 13 artists. Apart from setting their targets at local level, they got engaged in new tasks at national level thus indicating that in their concept art is not considered a local or personal phenomenon. In less than 6 months, the I. National Exhibition of Grotesque Fine and Applied Arts was opened.
A year later, in 1992 taking advantage of new possibilities arising from the change of the system, the KaposART is stepping over the borders when comes up with its second initiative and calls the I. International MAIL-ART Competition. Through this they achieved one of their original goals – to attract the representatives of contemporary international art to Kaposvár) When the exhibition was organised for the 2nd time, (in 1995) they took it one step further, involving artists from all over the world (adding a subtitle: International Mail Art Exhibition.) Those who paid close attention to the activities and events of the association, found hard to miss the increased interest among artist in Hungary and abroad as well among the public. It was noticeable that in Kaposvár the art life (both fine and applied arts) has livened up since 1990.The association was donated numerous award-winning pieces from the collections of grotesque exhibitions, which compile the Grotesque Collection, a ready-made exhibition material. During the first 10 years of its existence, the association staged 35 exhibitions in Kaposvár and numerous other venues in Hungary and abroad. They displayed their works in Kaposvár’s twin towns, Glinde (Germany), Saint_Sebastien-sur-Loire (France), Schio (Italy), Bath (UK), also in Vrbrovec (Croatia), Enna(Sicily), in the museums of Nagyvárad and Kolozsvár. In 2007 the association had a show in Bath, Kaposvár’s twin town and Nantes (France). So the development of international relations works both ways, KaposART manages the promotion of Hungarian art and invites foreign artists to Hungary as well.A town’s cultural achievements and traditions have greater impact on its image and reputation than one might assume. Now during its existence, KaposART has established a tradition in Kaposvár’s art life with its two exhibitions and competition rounds.
I believe that just these two series of exhibitions placed Kaposvár in the first line of notable exhibition organiser towns, brought national reputation and recognition to the town.