Hungary vs The World

January 09 - March 28, 2020


QG GALLERY is pleased to announce its new group exhibition opening January 9, 2020: HUNGARY VS. THE WORLD, in the presence of the artist Imre Bak.

The 20th century has shaped Art History. However, when compared to other nations, Hungary had a vastly different fate. Same period, similar art practice, this exhibition is divided in two parts. On one side, internationally renowned artists such as Peter HALLEY, Frank STELLA, Daniel BUREN, Robert MANGOLD, Antonio CALDERARA and Imi KNOEBEL; on the other, a rediscovery of major Hungarian artists: Imre BAK, Lazlo MOHOLY-NAGY, Ferenc LANTOS, the PÈCS WORKSHOP and Victor VASARELY.

The Hungarian postwar was marked by the exile of over 200,000 people including many politicians, intellectuals and artists such as Victor VASARELY, father of the Op Art movement, and Lazlo MOHOLY-NAGY who left Hungary to become one of the most important figures of the Bauhaus. Exploring technologies, light and color transparency, he is known for his abstract paintings but also for his major influence on art education as well as the development of the School of Design (Chicago).

After World War II, the political and artistic censorship, mostly centralized in Budapest, divided art into 3 categories: the supported, the tolerated and the banned art. The city of Pècs became the informal secondary cultural center where the PÈCS WORKSHOP was established by the artist and teacher Ferenc LANTOS. This group of five artists – Ferenc Ficzek (1947-87), Kàroly Hopp-Halàsz (1946-2016), Kàroly Kismànyoky (1943), Sàndor Pinczehelyi (1946) and Kàlmàn Szìjàrtò (1946) – produced colorful geometric abstractions on enamel panels, Land Art and Conceptual performances documented through photography and videos.

At the same period, Imre BAK’s sharply colored geometric abstract work explores semantics and folkloric symbols. Inspired by lyrical abstraction and Constructivism at first, his work gradually took a pure geometric turn that echoed international trends of the Western art world

HUNGARY VS. THE WORLD could be defined as a mirror exhibition aiming to give these marginalized Hungarian artists the broad recognition they now deserve.

Infos pratiques
Tuesday to Saturday
11:00 -18:00
Rue de la Concorde 62
1050 Brussels - Belgique
+32 (0) 2 513 53 22
Site web
Since September 2017, the QG GALLERY presents curated group exhibitions focusing on Post-War & Contemporary Art. The gallery’s ambition is to highlight the most important period & ideas of Art History by confronting internationally renowned artists. Located in one of the most vibrant artsy area of Brussels, & in opposition to the “white cube” gallery architecture, the QG GALLERY stands out for its bright space with wooden floor, vintage furniture and outdoor courtyard, presenting ground breaking sculpture. In addition to curated shows in Brussels, the QG GALLERY aims not only to participate to international art fairsbut also to work closely with artists estates in order to allow the public to rediscover established artists from around the globe.