Contemporary Hungary Through Sculpture with Gabor Monath - Context Travel

Contemporary Hungary Through Sculpture with Gabor Monath


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On the streets of Budapest is an off-the-beaten-path online walk presenting a historical and social overview of modern Hungary in an unusual way: it guides the audience through a set of publicly exhibited miniature sculptures scattered around the Hungarian capital. Designed and produced by a young artist seeking exhibition opportunities but lacking sufficient funding these "guerilla" sculptures serve as amusing and striking illustrations to Hungarian history from wealthy royal times as part of the Habsburg Empire to war-stricken poverty and bloodshed, from realities of communism to social changes in socialism, and from world-renown talents to local heroes.

The selected sculptures all point at specific times and events in Hungarian history which are detailed and put into context during the presentation. The slides feature no text therefore they do not intend to provide explicit information, however, they exemplify and aptly illustrate the stories. The stories prompted by the 11 sculptures are not chronological but transitioned from theme to theme giving the audience the feeling and the visuals of a real walk that opens up recent Hungarian history before their eyes.

Led by long-time Budapest resident and teacher GÌÁbor MonÌÁth, this interactive discussion allows for an alternate approach to assessing a country's past. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with a better understanding of Hungary's more recent history.

Gabor was born in Budapest and holds a degree in English and Translation/Interpreting. He has been working in education for twenty years and in tourism for the past three years. He is a certified guide leading tours locally and internationally with a focus on his main interests: history, art history, architecture, and cultural awareness.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.