Solo exhibition of Gábor Arion Kudász


Curator: Gabriella Uhl

The exhibition is on view:
25 January - 20 February 2014

Accompanying event:
The making of Memorabilia - artist talk & book presentation
Gábor Arion Kudász in conversation with Gabriella Uhl, curator of the project
date: 13 February 2014 6 pm
venue: Faur Zsófi Galéria

Gábor Arion Kudász` Memorabilia exhibition and book is mapping the logic of memory and is an inventory of the system and remembrance of objects. It was to be a guide for memories whose motivations were objectivity and documentation. Its closest kin is the museum inventory, which follows traditional rules in describing, cataloguing and classifying objects. The collection is the resemblance of a curiosity cabinet (wunderkammer or kunstkammer), a form of collection that emerged during the Renaissance and was popular from the 16th to the 18th century. It was a room or cabinet dedicated to things worthy of collection. Representing all and any fields of science, art and life, these assemblages were as likely to feature minerals and miniatures as clever contraptions and book rarities. These curiosity cabinets were home to scientific concepts about the world, the experience of the past, and inferences that could be drawn from objects. But the ‘commemorative’ objects – these humble and adaptable extras, psychological slaves and bosom friends – are thoroughly upset and rearranged by the act of the book and the exhibition entitled Memorabilia.

Hereby some words represent the photographer’s confession on the genesis of the book and the exhibition: „My mother, painter Emese Kudász died on 22 November, 2010. In the years that followed, I catalogued her entire estate, and photographed it as objectively as I could, so as to secure her fast-fading trace in time. My action disrupted the order she had created, something that surrounded her and was distinctively her own; had I locked it up untouched, it could have kept her memory faithfully for a long time. Through the cracks of this disrupted order, hidden aspects of her personality emerged, together with a previously unrealized coherence among her objects; it is no longer possible to tell whether these had existed before or were only the result of my own intervention.

Gábor Arion Kudász (1978, Budapest) received his university degree from the Hungarian University of Applied Arts in 2003, and in 2007 he began his doctoral research at the same university, now renamed the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design. In parallel, he teaches as an adjunct at the Photography Department. In 2010 he was awarded the “March Youth” Award of the Republic of Hungary, and in 2013 the Balogh Rudolf Award. His works are featured in many exhibitions in Hungary and internationally, among others, he exhibited at the Hungarian National Gallery, the BOZAR in Brussels, the Musée de L`Elysée in Lausanne, the Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, and the Aperture Gallery in New York, as well as in festivals, from Cortona to Pingyao. The gallery represented his works at numerous art fairs - Fotofever Brussels, MIA - Milan Image Art Fair and SCOPE New York among others. Memorabilia is the second solo exhibition of Gábor Arion Kudász at Faur Zsófi Gallery.

More information on the project is available on the website of Gábor Arion Kudász:

Parallelly to the exhibition taking place at Faur Zsófi Gallery, the Memorabilia project continues at the Hungarian House of Photography – Mai Manó House from 24 January until 8 March 2014.

The Memorabilia book is published by the Hungarian House of Photography – Mai Manó House.
Text by Gabriella Uhl, Gábor Arion Kudász.
ISBN 978-963-88529-7-7