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eNRA 2017

written by Ágnes Kovács
translated by Zoltán Bartko 2018-02-26

 

eNRA 2017

 

Gallery of the Mining Museum in Rožňava, Slovakia.

Rožňava, Námestie Baníkov 25

30 January 2018 to 26 March 2018

 

Below you may find the words of the opening speech of the exhibition:

 

Ladies and gentlemen, dear friends!

I am very glad to welcome all of you at our today′s exhibition opening. First of all, I would like to thank Government Commissioner Dr. István Grezsa for being the Main Patron of the exhibition, and Mr. Attila Haraszti, consul general for being the Patron of the exhibition. Their attendance at tonight′s opening ceremony is an honour to all of us. 

I would like to express my thanks also to pianist Árpád Farkas for the musical introduction. 

 

This year, the eNRA exhibition celebrates its 5th anniversary. The international group of artists, founded by Rovás was established in 2012. Since then, it has been exhibiting the works produced at its creative summer camps every year. We are grateful for the chance to use the premises of the Gallery of the Mining Museum in Rožňava, Slovakia, again.

The idea behind the establishment of the eNRA was the team gathering every year at summer camps - this year, it was their 8th annual meeting - which comes together to create art, talk, exchange views and ideas and form a community. The various venues are opportunities to join this artistic community - in Transylvania, in Hungary and here, in Slovakia. We invite ever more new artists to join us, so this international, though mostly Hungarian group of artists, the eNRA came to life. Every year, the members of eNRA create an abundance of works, different in style, technique and theme; however, their exhibitions are harmonious, because their leitmotif is the common way of thinking and unity.

These camps form one of the pillars of Rovás, therefore we do our best to implement them - at three different locations: in Transylvania, in Tihany, Hungary and here, in Slovakia.  Even if times are hard. 

We even have a characteristic of eNRA - almost a definition - we pronounce every year. It is as follows: The eNRA prefers free arts and free creativity, uninfluenced by the fashionable trends or the lack of expertise. Free arts means unlimited, independent creativity, which doesn′t hide behind the label of "contemporary art" and doesn′t try to find an alibi in subjectivism. 

This year′s exhibition is unconventional. On one hand, it is a mega-exhibition, because we occupy the whole gallery, exhibiting works of 21 artists, with independent exhibitions of 8 artists.  On the other hand, it is a special exhibition, since four artists recipients of the Munkácsy Prize and one recipient of the Kossuth Prize agreed to exhibit together, to show their support to Rovás. Please, let me introduce the artists present here tonight:

 

painter Márton Barabás, recipient of the Munkácsy Prize from Budapest, Hungary; graphic artist Andrea Boroszlói from Budapest, Hungary; sculptor Attila Dienes, recipient of the Munkácsy Prize; leather artist Kinga Dienes from Magyarpolány, Hungary; graphic designer Dóra Gráf from Budapest, Hungary; graphic designer Vica Juhász from Eger, Hungary; photographer András Koreň from Košice, Slovakia, painter Ottó Szabó from Košice, Slovakia, painter Mátyás Zagiba from Jovice, Slovakia and graphic designer Zoltán Zeman from Eger, Hungary.

 

Those, who could not come, but have sent us their works are: painter Lóránt Ágoston, from Szeged, Hungary; painter Barnabás Bódis from Budapest, Hungary, painter József Borsó Borisza from Košice, Slovakia, sculptor Tamás Gaál, recipient of the Munkácsy Prize from Budapest, Hungary, graphic artist László Kiss from Encs, Hungary, painter Maya Kiss from Gabčíkovo, Slovakia, painter László Nemes from Zalaegerszeg, Hungary, graphic artist István Orosz, recipient of the Kossuth Prize from Budapest, Hungary, painter Szilvia Ponyiczki from London, UK, and painter József Szurcsik, recipient of the Munkácsy Prize from Budapest, Hungary.

 

Our exhibition is entitled "Why. (dot)" This question word is not followed by a question mark, but a dot. 

What is the point? Rovás has been questioned many times, in many aspects. Why Rovás? 

This exhibition is the answer to the question - to the non-believers. 

 

And now, before we declare the exhibition opened, please, listen to the sounds of the EndORFin band, who attend the Mihály Tompa National Poem and Prose Reciting Competition since 2013, winners of silver and gold awards in the category of musical poems and lyric plays. The band members are as follows:  Viki Papp - guitar, vocals; Bálint Ibos - violin, vocals, Kristián Stašík – guitar, Marci Papp – cajon.

 

Ladies and gentlemen! Hereby I declare the exhibition open. Please, enter the universe of these works of true art, exhibited here today.

Ágnes Kovács, curator

 


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