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Art in Hungary, 1956–1980

Doublespeak and Beyond

Edit Sasvári, Sándor Hornyik, Hedvig Turai


A wide-ranging study of contemporary art in Hungary during the 1960s and 1970s – a troubled yet fascinating period in the history of the country – with contributions from leading scholars in the field


The 1960s and 1970s were a fascinating period in the history of Hungarian modern art, not to mention in the history of the country itself. As the shortlived revolution of 1956 gave way to oppressive communist rule, artists of the neo-avant-garde found themselves increasingly isolated, their work condemned not only by the authorities but also by a largely conservative public. By focusing on the social and political circumstances unique to Hungary at the time, this book provides an unrivalled analysis of the ways in which the neo-avant-garde practised within a system – of doublespeak and more – that was determined to deny them their autonomy.


'Throws light on art created in dark times'

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Book Details

Format: PLC (no jacket)

Size: 26.0 x 20.0 cm

Extent: 384 pp

Publication date: 24 May 2018

ISBN: 9780500239780

Contents List

Introduction • Institutions • Discourses • Disguises • Speech Acts

About the Author

Edit Sasvári is Director of the Kassák Museum, Budapest.

Sándor Hornyik is an art historian, a curator and a senior research fellow at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest.

Hedvig Turai is an art historian and critic, currently working for the International Business School, Budapest.