SAGE Paris is pleased to present, in collaboration with acb gallery of Budpest, the artworks of the Hungarian Avant-Garde group known as Pécs workshop active between 1968 and 1980, composed of Ferenc Ficzek, Károly Halász, Károly Kismányoky, Sándor Pinczehelyi and Kálmán Szíjártó.
The artworks of the artists of the Pécs workshop are set within the multitudes of progressive and experimental artworks –being individual or collective- which florished then behind the Iron Curtain despite the esthetical censorship. Regardless of the fact that the biopolitical situation of the group had been peripherical – in the province of a small country isolated among the Eastern communist countries -, its production affirms the artistical survival instinct and the validity of the the regional and international synchronicity, dear to Carl Gustav Jung. The artists were working despite an absence of local art market. The interdisciplinary nature of their artistic practice was not moving in direction of what was trendy, but in consideration of new strategies and esthetical and ethical stances firmly held in order to offset the anxiety and the permanent distrust which was surrounding them. The work fo the group, the mutual inspiration and influence that the artists were exercising on one another and the fertile intelectual atmosphere of the worshop was certainly not a unique exemple of such but its intensity was indeed.
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