Artpool Art Research Center

From Unearthing The Music

The Artpool Art Research Center collects, archives, and makes available documents for researchers regarding marginalized art practices of Hungary in the 1970s and 1980s and contemporary international art tendencies. Topics in the archive include progressive, unofficial Hungarian art movements (such as underground art events, venues, groups, and samizdat publications between 1970 and 1990) and new tendencies in international art beginning in the 1960s.

Artpool was established in 1979 based on György Galántai's "Active Archive" conception as a centre for the type of artistic practices that were officially condemned or prohibited by the Hungarian cultural authorities at the time. It was founded and is still run by György Galántai and Júlia Klaniczay, as an offshoot of György Galántai’s Chapel Studio, an artist-run space in Balatonboglár which opened in 1970 and, until its termination by the communist authorities in 1973, functioned as a centre of the officially proscribed neo-avant-garde.

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