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The 2024 Venice Biennale will feature a work by Márton Nemes in the Hungarian pavilion

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At the 60th Venice Biennale, the Hungarian pavilion will feature a renewed space with the support of the Ministry of Culture and the Hungarian government, with the expert help of the Ludwig Museum, said Máté Vincze, Deputy State Secretary for Public Collections and Cultural Development, at a press conference in Budapest to present the work.

It turned out that not only the public spaces, but also the areas where the background work is carried out have been renewed. The Hungarian Pavilion in Venice was completed in 1909 and its last major renovation was completed in 2000.

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Hungary has been participating in the Venice Biennale since its inception in 1895 and the Hungarian pavilion was the third of the national pavilions to be completed.

The Deputy State Secretary drew parallels between the art nouveau building designed by Géza Maróti (1875-1941), an architect, sculptor and industrialist, and the art of Márton Nemes, who designed a multimedia, multi-sensory, colour-centred, multi-artistic work for the Hungarian pavilion.

This is how Máté Vincze described Nemes’ work:

“The curator’s decision this year is to present this grandiose and extremely exciting artist, presenting an extremely diverse range of techniques, playing with an extremely wide range of emotional strings”.

Máté Vincze, Deputy State Secretary for Public Collections and Cultural Development (left) and artist Márton Nemes (right) unveil the painting at a press conference on the occasion of the 60th Venice Biennale at the Ludwig Museum on 4 April 2024. Márton Nemes’ ensemble of works, entitled Techno Zen, created for the occasion, will be on display at the Ludwig Museum – Museum of Contemporary Art in the Hungarian Pavilion of the Venice Biennale, which opens on 20 April. MTI/Zoltán Balogh

Márton Nemes’ Techno Zen is an all-round work of art that draws on the traditions of abstract painting and contemporary experience, including techno-subculture and digital imaging. His exhibition is multisensory: its visual, acoustic and interactive content unfolds through the combined effects of light and colour, the movement of objects and light, sound, light frequency and airflow.

Márton Nemes: Techno Zen @NemesMárton

The exhibition is curated by Róna Kopeczky.

Julia Fabényi, National Commissioner and Director of the Ludwig Museum – Museum of Contemporary Art, said that the main curator of the 60th Venice Biennale, Adriano Pedrosa from San Paolo, Brazil, will be presenting the central exhibition entitled Strangers Everywhere. The title comes from a series launched in 2004 by the Italian-British artist duo Claire Fontaine.

The National Commissioner pointed out that Márton Nemes’ works will be on show in one other exhibition during the Biennale: a selection from the contemporary collection of the National Bank of Hungary at the Palazzo Mora in Venice, alongside works by Ilona Keserü, Tamás Hencze and István Nádler. He added that the work of Amrita Sérgil, an Indian painter of Hungarian origin, will also be included in the exhibition in the central pavilion.

In December, the Ludwig Museum in Budapest will present an extended version of the Hungarian Pavilion exhibition to the Hungarian public.