Art Research Center
The Flowers of Transition – The Art of Hungary in the 1980s
Call for Papers

Budapest, June 15, 1989. Men cleaning the coffins covered with black fabric before the reburial of Imre Nagy and his comrades in front of the Kunsthalle in Heroes' Square.

MTI Photo: Zsolt Demecs, MTVA Press and Photo Archive 

  • Time and venue: May 31, 2022, Museum of Fine Arts – Central European Research Institute for Art History (KEMKI)
  • Format: Hybrid conference
  • Application deadline: March 1, 2022

The Central European Research Institute for Art History (KEMKI) is organizing the first conference of its research project examining the art of Hungary in the 1980s. The conference calls for an entangled analysis of the dominant residual and emergent artistic phenomena of the decade. How can we understand folk revival and postmodern painting, experimental media art, and the crisis of artists’ unions in a way that not only acknowledges their coexistence but also considers their interrelatedness?


Organizers accept abstracts both in English and Hungarian. We encourage the application of graduate students and early-career researchers.

Abstracts (max. 500 words) of 15-minute papers and short CVs (max. 100 words) should be sent to by March 1, 2022. 

We ask to structure both the abstracts and the accepted presentations as follows: What will be researched? Why should it be researched? How should it be researched?

Organizing committee: Dávid Fehér, Júliusz Huth and Kristóf Nagy