In Vasarely Go Home Andreas Fogarasi investigates a double event that took place in Budapest on October 18, 1969. Opening that day, Victor Vasarely, the internationally renowned artist of Hungarian origin, had a large retrospective exhibition at the Mücsarnok Kunsthalle in Budapest. While Hungarian avant-garde art of that time was forbidden (or at best tolerated by the authorities), Vasarely’s exhibition – organised via official cultural political channels – became an important public event attracting a huge number of visitors. Because of these double standards at play, the show was met with both high expectations and scepticism from the local art scene. The second (undocumented) event that took place that evening during the exhibition opening was a one-person protest by artist János Major. He carried a small sign in his pocket that he discreetly showed to friends and acquaintances when he encountered them in the crowd. The sign read “Vasarely Go Home”. Thanks to Spector Books (Leipzig).
144 pages, 16.0 x 22.8 cm, hardcover, Spector Books (Leipzig).