2019. április 13., szombat


Panel is a new magazine of fiction, poetry, non-fiction and the arts, currently being produced in Central and Eastern Europe and originally written in English or translated into English.  Panel Magazine began to incubate in Budapest, where the core of its editorial staff and many of its contributors live. The magazine has 3 issues per year. I quote the following sentences from the new issue:
Istvan Orosz's novel Chess on The Island has not yet been translated into English, though it's available in Russian, and soon in Slovakian and Italian. The novel, which is  neither purely  documentary,  nor entirely fiction, takes place on the island of Capri, where future key members of the Bolshevik party and, later, the revolution, met to play chess. Here, Panel publishes an exclusive translation of one chapter of this novel, with a follow-up interview with Istvan Orosz.
The interview was made by Masha Kamenetskaya, the excerpt from the novel Chess on the Island was translated by Patrick Mullowney. Thanks for them. Please click here to read the new issue of the Panel. (The photo below was produced at the presentation of the new issue of Panel magazine at Massolit Books & Café in Budapest.)

2019. április 3., szerda


Exhibition 'István Orosz: graphics, posters, anamorphosis'
April 11 — June 30, 2019
This spring, the Arsenal presents a new international project to the Nizhny Novgorod audiences: an exhibition of Hungarian artist, illustrator and poster painter István Orosz. The exhibition will show a collection of the artist's engravings, three-dimensional objects and posters.
Orosz's unique graphic code had become one of the most significant phenomena of the 21st century visual culture and art history. The three-dimensional space is not enough to embody the images from his imagination: in all his works the artist creates new dimensions and plays with them. The observers find themselves immersed in Orosz’s magical worlds, his unimaginable fantastic universe, and they do not rush to come back.
The exhibition will be supplemented with old books from several Russian museum and library collections: the History Museum of Perm University, the St. Petersburg Kunstkamera, the Karamzin Library from Simbirsk-Ulyanovsk and a special selection of zoological atlases, geographical studies, popular encyclopaedias and illustrated reference books of Nizhny Novgorod libraries, including the Central City Lenin Library.

Background information. Orosz István is Hungarian artist, designer, writer, poet and director, member of the Hungarian Academy of Arts. Born in Hungary in 1951. Graduated from the Graphic Design Department of the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design in Budapest. Erno Rubik, the creator of the famous puzzle, was one of his teacher.
In his works, István Orosz resorts to visual paradoxes and spatial illusions, following, however, traditional drawing techniques, often referencing characters and events from the art history.

“There are things that I can imagine and draw. There are things that I can imagine, but I can not draw. But is there something I can draw, but I can’t imagine? It is this question that I am very much interested in!”
István Orosz

Curator of the Graphic Study programme: Evgeny Strelkov.
Exhibition opening will be held on April 10 at 19:00. The admission to the opening is free.
Working hours: Tuesday — Sunday, 12:00– 20:00.
Entrance tickets: 200 roubles, reduced price is 100 roubles.
Every Wednesday the admission to the exhibition is free.
Address: Nizhny Novgorod, Arsenal, Kremlin, building 6, right wing, 1st floor.
Phone: +7 (831) 422-45-54, www.ncca.ru/nnovgorod