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Twice Yes: Duchamp, Magritte and Dali in Budapest

Until October 5, the National Gallery of Budapest hosts the exhibition Dadaism Dadaism or Dada - the avant-garde nihilistic movement (mostly in painting and literature), which originated in Switzerland during World War I and existed from 1916 to 1922. After that, French Dadaism merged with surrealism, and German - with expressionism. This style arose as a reaction to the horrors of war, the senselessness of the destruction of human lives. Dadaists considered rationality and logic to be the main causes of all armed conflicts, therefore cynicism, lack of aesthetics, denial of standards, irrationality and disillusionment became the fundamental values ​​of their artistic movement. Read more Dadaism, or Dada, is a temporary avant-garde movement that originated during World War I in neutral Switzerland and spread throughout Europe. There was approximately from 1916 to 1922. Over time, French Dadaism merged with surrealism, German - with expressionism. Read further and surrealism, which contains works by the pioneers of styles.
The exhibition features over 100 works by Marcel Duchamp, Rene Magritte, Max Ernst, Man Ray, Juan Miro and Salvador Dali, brought from the Israel Museum. Perhaps this is the most comprehensive and complete journey through the evolution of the avant-garde, which can be made in Europe today.

Be the hero of hitchcock

The first room presents the works of Duchamp: small installations, a replica of the famous “Fontana” (autographed urinal), as well as the video Anemic Cinema (1925−1926), co-authored with Man Ray. In the center of the iconic video is a rotating spiral, which draws into itself. In combination with the entourage and twilight film allows you to feel like a hero of the film in the spirit of Hitchcock.
In general, the film at one time became a great impetus to the development of avant-garde cinema, in which there is a place for fantasy and allegory - not only direct and understandable images.

Pictures of Magritte - a kind of appeal not to stop dreaming

The whole frank avant-garde does not attract such public attention as the originals of works. Joana Miro and Salvador Dali. Perhaps that is why they were placed in the center of the exhibition - to defuse the situation before the viewer enters the hall of collages and photos in the spirit of Dadaism.
The National Museum presents at least 3 very significant (and expensive) works. Miro: Drawing (Spanish dancer, 1927), Woman and birds (1940) and Bird (1960).
Work posted in the neighborhood Rene Magritte. It is interesting to compare it with Dali and Ernst: unlike colleagues, Magritte did not distort the real forms of objects, but placed them in unreal conditions. Magritte helps to see the surrealism of everyday life. His paintings are a kind of appeal not to stop dreaming.
In addition, the hall presents: Ernst Max, Andre Masson, Manuel Alvarez and even Paul Delvaux. In general, there are almost all significant representatives of the style.
As for Delvaux, the Picture deserves special attention. Waiting for Liberation (Skeletons in the Office) 1944 The picture clearly expresses the emotions experienced by people outside the front, into the ordinary life of which war breaks in: fear, anticipation and corruption, caused by this fear. A masterpiece and in many ways undervalued work.

... and all-all-all

Also in the room are pictures of Baer Herbert, Philip Halsman (Scalp Dali, 1951) and even the portraits of the French poet Paul Eluard (Love, 1935−1937) taken by Andre Breton. Particular attention should be paid to the paintings of Anna Khokh, in which the beautiful is perfectly friendly with the ugly and even nasty, repulsive.

The exhibition is one of at least hundreds of compelling reasons to visit Budapest: a magnetic city, along which the Danube runs like lightning along a woman's dress.

The National Gallery of Budapest is located at Szent György tér 2 (upper funicular exit)

Three bonuses from visiting:


1. The gallery is located on a hill, to get to which you need with the help of an old wooden funicular. If you are lucky, you will see the change of the guard of honor at the top - an interesting sight for those who like to notice how the human body can become an exact mechanism.
2. In addition to the exhibition of Dadaists and Surrealists, the gallery has a permanent exhibition of Hungarian classics. It ends under the dome of the building. The balcony overlooks the entire historical part of the city. There is also a small cafe with delicious drinks.
3. On the ground floor, as is the case in the major world galleries, there is a large store of standing art souvenirs.
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