Independent. Contemporary. Art.
24 April – 31 May 2015
What is OFF?
OFF-Biennale Budapest is a series of exhibitions and art events in and beyond the city of Budapest. Its concept is different from traditional biennials as we know them. Not affiliated with any institution, it is a voluntary collaborative initiative of artists, groups of artists, curators, art managers, gallerists and collectors. OFF-Biennale Budapest is a civil initiative, whose aim is to bring a segment of culture, contemporary art, closer to the public at large. OFF proclaims the importance of independent thinking and action, breaking away from clichés and habitual routines. It is meant to demonstrate that contemporary art can foster and catalyse this kind of activity – in other words, that contemporary art is much more than mere luxury and a source of aesthetic pleasure.
OFF-Biennale Budapest will showcase a wide range of contemporary works and projects, from painting to photography; sculpture to installation; experimental film to youtube video; edition-of-one graphic works to multiple-copy fanzine; music performance to sound installation; traditional exhibition to public space action; performance to political karaoke.
Besides renowned actors of the global contemporary art scene, legendary neo-avant- garde artists of the 1960s and 1970s, and Hungarian artists frequently shown in major international exhibitions, OFF-Biennale Budapest will also present works by the youngest generation of artists. OFF will provide an opportunity for the public to become more familiar with contemporary art through lectures, presentations and workshops, as well as various educational programmes related to the projects, and subjective guided tours across the venues. The OFF programmes will serve as a kind of immersion course for the public to encounter the sensitive, creative and often highly critical thinking and attitudes that characterise contemporary art.
OFF-Biennale Budapest programmes will be presented across Budapest, in other Hungarian cities and abroad at a wide variety of venues: not only in art galleries but also in artists’ studios, vacant buildings, private apartments, bars, cafés and public spaces. OFF’s pop-up centre at Higgs Field, near St. Stephen’s Basilica in Budapest, will offer a daily selection of programmes, as well as a chance to meet the organisers and the artists during the biennial.