For artists such as Dóra Maurer, Miklós Erdély, or Tamás Szentjóby, that had serious consequences. “There were compromises by many artists, but the artists presented at “Bookmarks” remained progressive and incorruptible,” says acb’s Orsolya Hegedüs. It’s an attitude “for which they paid with the lack of publicity, with existential difficulties, and in more extreme cases with suffering harassment from the police.”
However, perusing “Bookmarks” one gets the sense that these difficulties also had the effect of concentrating and intensifying the discussions, both aesthetic and conceptual, at play within their works—and, indeed, their influence on the next generation. Among many others, exhibited artist Ádám Kokesch was a student of Maurer’s. And though his works certainly take a contemporary form in comparison to those of his professor, her influence is unmistakable. Throughout “Bookmarks,” whether by curatorial vision or not, the cross-generational conversation is palpable.