1. The above mentioned exhibition What is Hungarian? Contemporary Perspectives offers several examples of this peculiar Hungarian hermeneutics of controversy. The same historical events and figures were often represented as parts of heroic nationalistic narratives and (often at the next picture) in ironic, parodistic or even sarcastic ways. It is also telling, as the curator Gábor Gulyás points out in an interview, that the exhibition was simultaneously condemned for being irredentist by a leftist liberal intellectual, and as an anti-Hungarian provocation by a right-wing intellectual (See: Gulyás 23-24). [return to text]
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What is Hungarian? Contemporary Answers. Exhibition. Kunsthalle, Budapest. Curator: Gábor Gulyás. 2 August – 14 October, 2012.