Ani Molnár Gallery, Budapest: It has happened, though I have not committed it…

The Ani Molnár Gallery is pleased to present a solo show by Péter Forgács.


Opened by: András RÉNYI , art historian and aesthete and Győző FERENCZ , literature historian, the president of the Széchenyi Academy of Literature and Arts.

„….and has not happened, though I have committed it.”
/ János Pilinszky /


The quoted text is a poem by János Pilinszky entitled ’Attack’, which clearly depicts what it feels like being guilty, how paradox, ambiguous and powerless feeling it is. As such a feeling is in the centre of Péter Forgács’s exhibition as well, the gallery space is transformed into a laboratory of an installation which enables the viewer to examine a psychological process from a microscopic point of view.


The artist’s works are coupled with private photos and texts that reflect on a recent tragedy, which triggered the radical changes in the concept of the show. Therefore, it is not only the artworks that are on display, but also this process. By proceeding in the intimate space of personal photos one experiences what it means to lose a close friend as Forgács lost his, Pierre Vanier due to his suicide.


The show follows three narratives which are interrelated. The writing entitled ‘Pierre’s Lentil Soup (Swansong) [Tim Nugent-Head], ‘Pierre & Pierrot’ [Bálint Forgács] and the Baudelaire poems recited by Pierre himself structure the three spaces of the installation. The traumatic event is unfolding gradually with the help of the sensitive texts and the intimate photos which may also help in processing the tragedy which may be impossible to be processed. There is a video in the focus of the exhibition and the three different texts that narrate the video create multiple meanings and possible interpretations for the event shown in the film.


The walk in the laboratory gradually reveals the net of relationships between the artworks, which show a concrete event in detail as well as its abstract connotations. The installation occupies the whole gallery space and makes it a place for thoughts, memories and understanding.


Péter Forgács (1950) is an independent film and video artist, the founder of the Private Photo and Film Archive (1983). He regularly exhibits at famous Hungarian as well as international art institutions such as the Getty Museum, the BOZAR. Also, his show entitled ‘Letters to Afar’ is on view until the 22nd of March in the Museum of the City of New York. He has participated in numerous significant international art events, for instance he represented Hungary in 2009 at the Venice Biennale with his project entitled ‘Col Tempo – The W. Project’. His works can be found in prestigious collections including the MoMA or the Pompidou.
Péter Forgács’s current exhibitions


Rembrandt and the Dutch Golden Age
Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest
31 October, 2014- 15 February, 2015

Turning Points
Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest
14 November, 2014 – 15 February, 2015

Letters to Afar
The Museum of the City of New York, 22 October, 2014- 22 March, 2015.

Ludwig 25. The contemporary collection
Ludwig Museum, Budapest
13 November, 2014 – 31 December, 2015


Exhibition: February 13 – April 10 2015

Molnár Ani Galéria
Bródy Sándor utca 22., Budapest, Hungary, 1088