PLATÁN20 Péter Gémes: Waterline

Exhibition

Platán debuted with the exhibition “Péter Gémes: Diary”. Thus the current exhibition of Gémes, a graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, has symbolic significance as an homage to the artist on the 20th anniversary of the founding of the gallery.

Friday 8 March, 6:00 pm — Wednesday 17 April 2019, 6:00 pm

Platán Gallery

Budapest, VI. Andrássy út 32.

PLATÁN20

Péter Gémes Waterline

The Polish Institute in Budapest cordially invites You to the vernissage of the exhibition
PLATÁN20
Péter Gémes Waterline
celebrating the 20th anniversary of the founding of Platán Gallery
at 6 p.m. on Friday, 8th of March 2019, at the Platán Gallery.
Celebratory remarks: Joanna Urbańska, director of the Polish Institute and Barbara Wiechno, former director of the Polish Institute (1997-2001)
Opening speech: Márta Kovalovszky, art historian

 2019 is an important year in the history of the Polish Institute in Budapest, as it marks two anniversaries at once: the institute was established 80 years ago, while its gallery of contemporary art, Platán celebrates its 20th anniversary. Platán Gallery opened its doors in 1999 at a venue on Andrássy Avenue that used to accommodate a popular Polish store. Its name is an allusion to the famous plane trees (Platanus) of Budapest, indicating that the gallery was meant to be a long-term enterprise. Platán debuted with the exhibition “Péter Gémes: Diary”. Thus the current exhibition of Gémes, a graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, has symbolic significance as an homage to the artist on the 20th anniversary of the founding of the gallery.

„Will Péter Gémes' art remain indelible in the History of modern art? I personally believe so. But probably much more important than any future judgement is our common experience as those lucky enough to exist somewhere in Central Europe at the end of the twentieth century. Here I think of the joy of common existence with such a righteous, wise and sensitive man in a white cap who could perceive the world with the critical distance of an old mandarin. A man who helped us find the ineffable meaning of this strange world. A man for whom art and goodness, so rare these days, constituted unity.” Jacek Werbanowski

Péter Gémes - Born on 11th April 1951 in Budapest. He attended the High School of Art in Budapest Between 1965 and 1969, then graduated at the School of Window Dressing. Between 1972 and 1976 he was a student at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, Graphics Department, a pupil of Stanisław Poznański and graduated with honours. In 1978–79 he received a scholarship from the Ministry of Culture for preparing lithographs at the Warsaw Academy. He was a member of the Studio of Young Artists from 1980, between 1984 and 1985 a member of Studio’s Directorate. Between 1985 and 1988 he received Derkovits’ scholarship; in 1986 he was awarded for the Polish Culture prize; in 1987 received a performance prize; in 1989 won the Béla Kondor contest at the XV. National Biennial of Graphics; in 1990 received a scholarship of the Hungarian Academy in Rome, Italy; in 1994 received the Munkácsy-prize. From 1989 he was a lecturer at the Hungarian School of Applied Arts, the Visual Studies Atelier. He died on 22nd October 1996.

The exhibition is on view from 11. March until 17. April 2019, on Mondays to Fridays from 10 am to 7 pm.

The exhibition is in the official program of Budapest Photo Festival.