Imagining Conceptual Art; László Beke’s 1971 collection within an international context (opening 23. 3., 19:00, 24. 3. – 28. 5. 2017))

tranzit. hu and tranzitdisplay in Prague are proud to present László Beke’s project Imagination, the first collection of Hungarian conceptual art, compiled in 1971.

László Beke—the renowned Hungarian art historian and curator of several progressive art events of the 1970s—sent out a call to 28 artists, asking them to submit sheets that would fit into A4 document folders. These works were to follow the concept ‘WORK = the DOCUMENTATION OF THE IMAGINATION / IDEA.’ Beke arranged and preserved the sheets he received in a folder which was available for viewing in his flat. Due to the renewed interest in the collection, the last ten years have seen Imagination featured in several exhibitions, both in Hungary and internationally, as well as being presented in the form of a publication. The English edition was initiated and edited by, and co-published by JRP Ringier. (

The exhibition at tranzitdisplay looks at Beke’s collection in an international context, through other projects that also happened in the year 1971, as well as through the history of exhibitions of Conceptual art. Similarly to the sheets of the Hungarian artists, the other legendary 1971 art projects on display can be interpreted as “exhibitions in a publication format.” One of them is the book Aktuelle Kunst in Osteuropa, published at Dumont Aktuell by artist and collector Klaus Groh, which presents East European artists active at that time. The other exhibition projects highlighted are At the Moment (Zagreb) and In Another Moment (Belgrade) for which the curators Nena and Braco Dimitrijević experimented with the format of the exhibition in space and time. The two exhibitions showcased works by artists from Yugoslavia as well as international representatives of Conceptual art. The Belgrade exhibition was also accompanied by a catalogue, which will also be on display.

Another aim of Imagining Conceptual Art is to survey László Beke’s international art network stemming from the 1970s. The exhibition presents documents and information about the internationality of the art world of the time. It likewise investigates the role of art in the sixties and seventies—being generally less object oriented and increasingly dematerialized—which we now call, in a broad sense, Conceptual art.

A possible map of the reception of Conceptual art with a focus on geopolitical and cultural relations, will also be created for the exhibition.The timeline of the map starts from projects of the time, such as as Beke’s collection or artist Dóra Maurer’s activity supporting the international presence of Hungarian artists, and runs until today’s projects that revisit the period of the 1960s and 1970s. This section looks primarily at the history of exhibitions, including artistic and curatorial research projects,t such as’s Parallel Chronologies- An Archive of East European Exhibitions. (

The exhibition also features reflections by contemporary artists Virág Bogyó, Judit Fischer, Kristóf Kovács, Szilárd Miklós,

Works presented in the exhibition from the Imagination collection are by Gábor Attalai, Imre Bak, Miklós Erdély, István Haraszty, György Jovánovics, Ilona Keserü, Dezső Korniss, László Lakner, Ferencz Lantos, János Major, Gyula Pauer, Géza Perneczky, Sándor Pinczehelyi, Péter Türk.

The project is realised in collaboration with, Budapest

Concept by Dóra Hegyi, Zsuzsa László, Eszter Szakács in collaboration with László Beke.

The Czech exhibition chronology is compiled by Pavlína Morganová.

The Slovak exhibition chronology is compiled by Daniel Grúň.

With artistic contributions by Virág Bogyó, Judit Fischer, Kristóf Kovács, Szilárd Miklós

Exhibition display by Zbyněk Baladrán, Ondřej Kozák

Graphic design by Tereza Hejmová

Production of exhibition is prepared by team of display association Zbyněk Baladrán, Zuzana Jakalová, Ondřej Kozák, Hana Šťastná and Petr Hron, Čeněk Folk, Kristina Láníková

introduction photo: © Perneczky Géza: dialectical experience, 1971


reinventing horizons_titulka

reinventing horizons

The current state of accelerationist philosophy increasingly appears to serve as a point of coalescence for various attempts at redefining diverse potentialities, estranged objectivities and inhumanisms which circulate the contemporary discourse. We attempt to add to these discourses by asking the following questions. What can we do within the confines of present conditions, while facing these challenges, agencies and vast spaces beyond? How can we unbind the shackles of the present? What are the possibilities and conditions of speculative and accelerationist discourses, and what are the investments and aspirations for such an endeavour? That is what we mean by Reinventing Horizons.

Published by Display Association for Research and
Collective Practice
Cumulus series
Editor of series: Zbyněk Baladrán
Editors: Vít Bohal, Dustin Breitling, Václav Janoščík
Authors: Jason Adams, Armen Avanessian, Diann
Bauer, Amanda Beech, Martin Brabec, Federica
Bueti, Victoria Ivanova, Antonia Majaca, Luciana Parisi,
Patricia Reed, Mohammad Salemy, Nick Srnicek,
Peter Wolfendale

Translation: Niels Schott
Peer review: Tomáš Dvořák
Technical redaction: Vít Bohal, Dustin Breitling,
Václav Janoščík
Coordination: Hana Šťastná
Proofreading: Megan Bedell
Cover Design: Mohammad Salemy
Graphic Design: DADABASE NYC
Printer: Helbich a.s.
First edition: Prague 2016
Print run: 600
Cover art: John Gerrard, Solar Reserve
(Tonopah, Nevada) 2014, 2014, detail
Simulation, 28ft x 24ft artist – designed frameless LED wall,
Photo Courtesy of John Gerrard Studio,
Copyright: John Gerrard