In one of the previous articles we got to know the concept of land art, or earth art as it is sometimes called. It is very interesting and unusual art movement that studies the relations between people and the universe, as well as the principle questions of the human existence. But the most fascinating thing is not the theory, but the real acquaintance with the land art of one particular country. As we have mentioned before, land art is a site-specific art. It means it is created and based upon the exact place and works with it. That is why it is so interesting to learn about this movement not just in general, but in this specific region, area, country. And today we will talk about land art in Hungary. Particularly about the latest exhibition, where the history of the movement is showed, as well as the modern era of earth art with the artists from Hungary and other countries presenting their works and sometimes even creating them for this project.
“The exhibition is divided into several chapters. “Small Gestures” presents important works by international and Hungarian contemporary nature art, while “Nature Alliance” reviews the events that led up to nature art in Hungary, and “Eco-avantgarde” is an inspiring Iranian section exploring the relationship between art and the living environment today.” says the press-release of the exhibition.
Sometimes, works play with our perception of materials and forms. Like in this work that represent wooden raindrops, or the next one, where grass interlaced with a fur. Naturalistic, yet surreal games with our mind.
Some of the works showed another side of nature, of the universe we live in.
Land art is always about the nature and our interaction with it. In the following photo collage with the name “Beings“ with the mixed images of human and horse eyes, we clearly see the idea of unity between all creatures in the world. We all have feelings, we all made out of the same material.
There are some works dedicated to the mythic, shamanic side of nature and our faith in the superficial.
To sum up the meaning of the exhibition, as well as the meaning of land art, we will quote Hungarian writer and philosopher András Lányi: “In order to bring change to the world, we first have to be able to imagine it to be different. That is where, I believe, the role of art - in this instance eco-aesthetics - lies.”