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10 September 2021
As part of Triennial of Contemporary Central European Art organised by the Olomuc Museum of Art, the Kassák Museum will present a series of online programmes during the autumn months.
A Series of Virtual Talks and Guided Tours The Triennial of Contemporary Central European Art is the product of a long-term effort of the Olomouc Museum of Art. It is part of the Central European Forum Olomouc (SEFO) programme and complements the range of activities dedicated to this geographically and semantically unstable region. The triennial is thematically focused, community-oriented and open to partners, including the Palacký University, the Academia Film Olomouc, the Flora Olomouc Theater and the Olomouc Ecological Days, respectively the Ludwig Museum and Kassák Museum in Budapest, the East Slovak Gallery in Košice, the Kunstmuseum Lentos in Linz and the International Cultural Centre in Krakow.

The Kassák Museum, which belongs to the Petőfi Literary Museum, has operated since 1976. The function of the museum is to preserve the material and intellectual legacy of Lajos Kassák (1887 – 1967) to study it with a scientific approach and to present it as a colourful experience to visitors. Our aim is that the museum steps up to be an acknowledged location of Kassák researches carried out in the region and to become a factor in the international research of modernism.
As part of the triennial, the Kassák Museum will present a series of online programmes linked to a newly installed permanent exhibition and short-term thematic exhibitions. It will also include a series of lectures and discussions with foreign experts. Reflected topics include the establishment of Central European avant-garde, their existence between politics and art, the use of new art forms and also overlaps with everyday life. The aim is not to update their strategies but to generalize them and, as such, to place them in a broader framework.

Edit Sasvári and Merse Pál Szeredi The Kassák Museum: An Open Museum of the Avant-Garde

Wednesday, 15 September 2021, 7pm

The Kassák Museum was established in 1976 in Budapest, as a part of the Petőfi Literary Museum. Our museum has stored, published and exhibited the literary and artistic estate of Lajos Kassák, a leading figure of Hungarian avant-garde for more than forty years now. During the past decade, the exhibition and research programme of the Kassák Museum was renewed by directors Edit Sasvári, and Merse Pál Szeredi, respectively. Our presentation addresses the questions raised by the current programme of the Kassák Museum, situating the art and legacy of Lajos Kassák and the Hungarian avant-garde in the Central European cultural field.

2. Merse Pál Szeredi Kassák! A Virtual Guided Tour in the Permanent Exhibition of the Kassák Museum
Thursday, 7 October 2021, 7pm

The permanent exhibition of the Kassák Museum, opened in 2011, provides a comprehensive view of the versatile oeuvre, the editorial, artistic and literary activities and the public roles of Lajos Kassák. With the help of the contemporary documents, publications and works of fine art one can follow the highlights of Kassák’s career and the personal aspects of his course of life. Edit Sasvári and Merse Pál Szeredi guides the audience in the newly-established virtual version of the permanent exhibition and shows the highlights of Kassák’s oeuvre.

3. Orsolya Barna and Péter Forgách: A Dada Editorial Office: Educational Programmes in the Kassák Museum

Wednesday, 27 October 2021, 7pm

The Kassák Museum, as a small thematic museum focusing on radical avant-garde poetry and abstract art, faces a challenge transmitting the ideas of Lajos Kassák and the Hungarian avant-garde to elementary and grammar school students. 2019 marks a turning point in the educational programme of the Kassák Museum. Since then, we work together with museum education experts of the SzÖSz-Műhely (Cooperative of Free Ideas), who established a highly popular series of offline and online programmes. The current educational programme of the Kassák Museum focuses on the development of critical thinking and cooperative artistic work. In this presentation, members of the Museum’s educational staff introduce the audience to the novel ways of engaging young students to avant-garde art and culture.

4. Merse Pál Szeredi, Eszter Balázs and Gábor Dobó Life Reform Movements and Avant-Garde Networks: Research and Exhibition Series in the Kassák Museum
Thursday, 11 November 2021, 7pm

The Kassák Museum has two main research projects and exhibition series, focused on Life Reform and Social Movements in Modernity, as well as on Lajos Kassák’s avant-garde magazines between the 1910s and the 1930s. The first project, led by cultural anthropologist and curator Judit Csatlós, focuses on different aspects of workers’ culture in inter-war Hungary. The second research project, led by historian Eszter Balázs, examines the networks and milieus connected to Kassák’s magazines within Hungary and transnationally, and the debates within them that resulted in a fundamental reformulation of the role of art – and of artists – in society. The presentation by members of the Kassák Museum’s research groups outlines the main questions of our projects and presents the exhibition and publication series based on our research.

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