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István HARASZTŸ – interview (1998)

Today You Open the Exhibition – responsibility-taking action

[…] For example, there was an action that I came up with there: a ribbon bearing the three colors of the Hungarian flag was stretched across the entrance with a sign next to it about how “Today YOU open the exhibition.” Well now, scissors were also fastened to the doorpost on a short string so that no one could cut this ribbon. I was well aware of how much sweat and sacrifice had gone into what we were exhibiting there, as was the case for the members of the Pécs Workshop as well. And I said, whoever enters should bow down and slip under this ribbon. So those who bent down and slipped under the ribbon, that was so gratifying to us, that lo and behold, we had not worked in vain. And then comrades of the various councils from nearby towns like Kaposvár slipped under the ribbon, in dark attire, to verify that nothing had been put on exhibit that they had not signed.


Source: Törvénytelen avantgárd. Galántai György balatonboglári kápolnaműterme 1970–1973 [Illegal Avant-garde, the Balatonboglár Chapel Studio of György Galántai 1970–1973], eds. Júlia Klaniczay and Edit Sasvári  (Artpool–Balassi, Budapest, 2003): 138.

On the website of Artpool Art Research Center


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