READY-MADE / RED-Y MADE Tibor Csiky Gábor Attalai

18/04/2023 - 09/06/2023

Magyar utca 26 
H-1053 Budapest


Vintage Galéria’s current exhibition presents a selection from Tibor Csiky's series titled Structures of Objective Reality (1973-74) and Gábor Attalai's series titled RED-Y MADE (1974). The two artists who both were aware of international tendencies of contemporary conceptual-, pop-, minimal- and mail art, but who also transformed these trends into individual local approaches, had a personal relationship from the 1960s. From the first half of the decade, they both regularly visited the Zuglói Kör [Zugló Cirlce] organized by Sándor Molnár, they both exhibited at Pál Petrigalla's flat, and in 1966 they presented their works at a joint exhibition in Sweden (Modern Nordisk Konst, Göteborg). From 1969, they regularly began to spend time at each other's apartments with Imre Bak, Tamás Hencze and István Nádler. At that time, according to Csiky's recollections, he had conversations with Attalai about "the limits of personal style" among other things, 1 and according to Attalai's recollections "It was Tibor Csiky who first drew his attention to the fact that photography would become »folk art«, and it is definitely worth working with it."2 From 1972, the artists began to visit the lectures on astronomy and quantum mechanics of the Free University of the Tudományos Ismeretterjesztő Társulat [Society for Scientific Knowledge Dissemination], their "Rezeda Action" was also organized in 1973 through the discussion of the knowledge they had acquired there. 3 The immediacy of their relationship is well characterized by the pieces from Csiky's 1972 "mail-art action” addressed to Attalai, the postcard inscribed "Dead Ends of Our Future" completed with a Czechoslovak-made condom in gold coin-like packaging, and the postcard stating "Gábris, this is no bed of roses.