As part of the 10th MITEM, an exhibition will open on 2 October at 6 pm in the first floor foyer of the National Theatre, where Hungary's most prestigious contemporary artists will pay tribute to Imre Madách's masterpiece, The Tragedy of Man.
On the occasion of the bicentenary of Imre Madách's birth and the 140th anniversary of the theatrical premiere of The Tragedy of Man, the newspaper Országút has invited six artists from the forefront of contemporary art to depict a colour from the drama.
How far has the visual adaptation of the tragedy come since the Zichy illustrations we all know from 135 years ago? This was the question on the minds of the editorial staff of the artistic, scientific and public journal Országút when they were asked to do so.
Eszter Csurka illustrated the colours of Heaven, Paradise and Outside Paradise, József Szurcsik illustrated the colours of Egypt and Athens, and Milorad Krstić illustrated the colours of Rome and Constantinople. István Orosz chose the colours First Prague, Paris and Second Prague, József Baksai illustrated the colours London and Phalanstery, while the colours Space, Ice World and Outside Paradise were illustrated by Éva Mayer.
"The series alternates between painterliness and draughtsmanship, as the viewer is taken on a magical journey through the most diverse landscapes of painting and graphic art styles, from expressivity to caricature and surrealism, to the incorporation of graffiti, science fiction, conceptualism and filmic influences," says art historian János Sturcz of the album.
The exhibition will be opened by János Szentmártoni, Deputy State Secretary for Arts and Community Cultures at the Ministry of Culture and Innovation.
The exhibition will be open until 23 October, before and during the intervals of the 10th Madách International Theatre Meeting.