Budapest, 8 October 2009 Press release

Symposium "After the second public"

1989 - 2009 Knoll Gallery Budapest, 6-7 October 2009

Budapest, 8 October 2009 - A symposium titled „After the second public“ took place in Budapest’s Knoll gallery with the support of the Austrian Cultural Forum (ÖKF) in Budapest. The symposium is the highlight of the anniversary celebrations at the gallery, which was already established in Budapest before the political turnaround of 1989 and has focused intensively on contemporary fine art in Hungary ever since.

The event was conceived as a follow-up to the volume published by Hans Knoll in 1999/2000, titled "The second public - Art in Hungary in the 20th century“, which for the first time gave a comprehensive insight into the fine art movements in Hungary during the 20th century.

The issues of social sensitivity in contemporary Hungarian arts, post-nationality, remembrance, and the relationship to the international arts scene were presented and discussed by young but already acknowledged theoreticians from Austria, Hungary, and Germany.

The large number of participants, among them many young artists and curators from Hungary and Austria, was a proof of the great interest in a more intensive public debate over contemporary art.

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