A selection of contemporary art from the collection of Magyar Nemzeti Bank (MNB), Hungary’s central bank was shown at the Etihad Modern Art Gallery in Abu Dhabi between 14 November and 4 December last year. The exhibition was examining the connection between writing and image in Hungarian contemporary painting, titled Picto/graphy: Calligraphies, Signs, Gestures and Letter Images. It presented twelve prominent Hungarian artists who are well-known and recognized on the Hungarian and international art scene.
Many of them are leading figures of the Hungarian neo avant-garde (1960s and 70s), including artists who lived abroad (in France, Germany or Asia) and who are, associated with Simon Hantaï's surrealist-calligraphic painting, the pieces which were the closure material of the Louvre Abu-Dhabi. The exhibition is organized by MNB Arts and Culture, the cultural branch of the Magyar Nemzeti Bank (MNB), Hungary’s central bank.
A rich selection from the MNB’s new collection was presented at the Sungkok Art Museum in Seoul between 27 August and 15 October last year. The first major exhibition of Hungarian abstract art in Korea, Folded-Unfolded introduced the work of fifteen influential Hungarian artists who defiantly created abstract paintings and films from behind the Iron Curtain during the 1960s, 70s, and 80s.