[György JOVÁNOVICS]: Tape script of the opening action at the self-financed exhibition by György Jovánovics and István Nádler (1970)

Self-financed exhibition by György Jovánovics and István Nádler

It’s 7 p.m.

Evening Chronicle

Good evening!

From the reports of news agencies:

The Hungarian delegation lead by Jenő Fok has arrived home from a session of the Council for Mutual Economic Assistance in Warsaw.

Gromiko, Soviet Minister of Foreign Affairs, continued preliminary talks with Egon Bahr, Secretary of the Prime Minister’s Office of West Germany, about a pact that would cease the use of force on the part of both countries.

The communist parties of Western Europe held a conference on the situation in Indochina.

Nixon’s cabinet members, in a separate meeting, requested the support of the senators of the president’s party in reference to the Cambodian offensive. Senator Goodell, who was also present at the meeting, stated that only one participant of the discussion agreed with the Cambodian intervention. The other participants unanimously refused the request for mediation and expressed their disapproval of the offensive.

Two more protesting students were shot in the United States. Last night in Jacksonville, the police attacked students protesting against the Cambodian offensive. They opened fire on a dormitory building because its residents allegedly threw bottles and stones at the police who were beating protesting students in the street. Two students died; eleven have been injured.

Libya has acknowledged Cambodia’s National Government. A number of incidents have been reported from the frontlines of the Middle East. Palestinian fighters launched a successful missile attack against a semi-military settlement in Israel. Egyptian and Syrian artillery units were also firing at Israeli positions. Israel’s artillery launched attacks against two Jordanian villages.

At Adolf Fényes Hall, the exhibition of painter István Nádler and sculptor György Jovánovics is just in the process of being opened. István Nádler presents four older and eight recent works, as well as silkscreen graphics. From the entrance to the left, the graphic works are displayed first. The first canvas painting of 200 x 120 cm is entitled Movement. The three paintings of identical size (120 x 120 cm) along the longer wall engage with forms that can be formulated within a square. After the window, a 120 x 200 cm horizontally oriented painting is entitled Lowlands. The main wall features a four-piece series with the continuous return of two motifs in an AB-BA rhythm, 180 x 130 cm in size, casein tempera technique. The larger painting behind the radio, Hommage à Vajda, was painted by the young artist in honor of Lajos Vajda. The smaller work is 100 x 120 cm. Finally, to the right of the entrance we see a 200 x 150 cm painting from 1968. It is a rearticulation of the flower motif known from folk art.

György Jovánovics has only put a single artwork on display. What you see in front of me, surrounded by the audience, is identical in its ground plan to that of the interior, irregular space of Adolf Fényes Hall. Every one of its angles and sides follows the walls with precision. Its height is 90 cm. Its greatest length is 6 m; its width is 3 m. The total outer circumference of the small and large parts together is 16 m. It is made of slightly pink plaster, which gradually loses its color with time, until it finally turns completely white. Perhaps it is difficult to see at the moment, but if you look at the top piece that is closest to us, located on the side of the larger piece of the sculpture that is parallel to the smaller, separate piece, you will see a slight difference in color compared to the other parts. If you touch it, you will feel that the plaster is still wet there. This piece was only cast by the artist yesterday.

And now, as soon as János Frank turns the radio off, please consider the exhibition opened. We, on the other hand, will continue our Evening Chronicle. János, please turn it off then. And now: reports from our correspondents. István Zoltán Vass reports from Szeged.

Source: György Jovánovics’ archive