The exchange exhibition project Ljubljana-Budapest 2015 is the result of a developing cooperation between the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts and the Hungarian Academy of Arts. This project consists of a presentation of works by members of the Hungarian Academy of Arts at Ljubljana Castle and a reciprocal presentation by Slovenian artists at the elite Budapest museum Műcsarnok. Both exhibitions are held under the honorary patronage ofthe President of the Republic of Slovenia Mr. Borut Pahor and the President of the Republic of Hungary Mr. János Áder.
The exhibition at the Ljubljana Castle is entitled “Neighbour to Neighbour” and aims to present the current course of modern Hungarian art in its interaction with the cultural trends of its neighbour Slovenia. The selection of the exhibits was conducted by academician Márton Barabás and represents 33 Hungarian artists who show through their works a wide spectrum of artistic creativity, principally in painting, prints, mixed techniques and sculpture.
“If there exists a common denominator between the Hungarian and Slovenian cultures we will try to present it”, writes the Hungarian curator, “but if it doesn’t exist we shall at least get to know better the art and culture of our neighbours.”
The Slovenian part of the exhibition in Budapest bears the title “A Hundred Examples of Slovenian Painting” and represents the works of those artists who still believe in the spiritual power of painting and strive to continue the painting tradition, asthe curator academician Prof. Milček Komelj Ph.D has indicated. At the requestof the Hungarian hosts the accompanying exhibitions will also show work by the architect Jože Plečnik, the renowned Hungarian sculptor György Zala who was born in Lendava (Slovenia), and Janez Aquila, a medieval painter of frescoes who already then forged connections between Slovenian and Hungarian culture.
In cooperation with the Hungarian Academy of Arts and the Lendava Gallery-Museum