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The story of AMS


In 2014, Art Moments, the visual art festival (AMS) is held for the seventh time.

In 2013,with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, contemporary art of the Middle East and Central Europe - more precisely the countries of the Visegrád Group –were in the spotlight of the program series. The curatorial concept centered around the relationship of Central Europe and Hungary and the influence of the Middle East. Debrecen’s MODEM and the Zsolnay Cultural Quarter of Pécs as priority institutional partners joined the festival, each with an exhibition of their own, thereby expanding theseries of events to three locations.

In July 2012, the festival was organized in the heart of the city, focusing on one central location. The focus of the festival were artistic platforms that reflected on the current social and cultural issues, through the organs of a young generation of artists. The unity of the Deák Square location allowed for the multilevel expansion of themes. Colors Magazine’s poster exhibition shaping social thought was exhibited inthe bus transit hall of the Design Terminal at Erzsébet Square, Akvárium’s central space hosted the “Cell” (Sejt) exhibition, the debut works of the Studio of Young Artists Association (FKSE) group, while the intermedia students of the Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts (MKE) exhibited their works entitled “Mona Lisa in the guise” at the Akvárium gallery. In addition to these individual exhibitions, we also gave grounds to other important domestic visual genres such as cinematics, or graffiti, that pushes the envelope and folklore that seems to live its renaissance. The works of the FKSE artists were on sale and could be purchased. At the workshops run by fine art and applied art scholars,individuals could make embroidered concrete hearts and with the help of our street art daredevils,could create stenciled T-shirts.

Since its launch in 2010, AMS’s size and character has changed several times over the past few years. Following the first two years when the event was held twice a year in several locations –at contemporary art galleries, coffee shops, bookstores, cinemas, offices and ruin cafés around Budapest–since 2012, it has become a national visual festival, where aside from Budapest, additional cities, such as Debrecen, Pécs, Balatonfüred, Veszprém and Tokaj also joined the program series.

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