ACT congratulates Kepes Institute

The MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology congratulates The Kepes Institute, Museum and Cultural Center in Eger, Hungary, on the occasion of its inauguration.

Opening Ceremony and Inaugural Speech
Laszlo Habis, Mayor of the Municipality of Edger, Town of County Rank
Performance of the Pro Musica girls’ choir conducted by Denes Szabo
March 1, 2012, 6 pm

Public Opening
March 2, 2012, 6 pm

The Kepes Institute, Eger, Hungary
Széchenyi I. utca 16, Eger, Hungary

The inaugural ceremony of the Kepes Institute, Museum and Cultural Center will be held March 1, 2012 at 6:00pm and a public opening on March 2 at the newly renovated facility in historic Eger, Hungary. The Institute will honor and showcase the legacy of György Kepes, founder of the MIT Center for Advanced Visual Studies, who is one of the most influential theorists and educators in the field of visual arts in the 20th century and a renowned painter, photographer, designer and visual artist. Márton Orosz, curator of the Photography and Media Arts Collection at the Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest, is currently writing a monograph on Kepes. According to Orosz, “György Kepes was one of the few artists of the 20th Century who first recognized the new possibilities of scientific thinking and founding of a new visual language that changed the human relationship to its environment and inspired complex cross-disciplinary collaborations.”

The Kepes Institute will feature a permanent exhibition of paintings, photographs, light installations, artifacts, and writings. It will also provide a state of the art facility for cultural events, lectures and symposiums and will be a place where international dialogue and creative work can take place stimulated by the multifaceted contributions and achievements of Kepes, his colleagues and students. This will be further enhanced by temporary exhibits of important contemporary artists working today reflecting the spirit and ideas of Kepes. The first artist represented in this series will be Vera Molnar, a Hungarian born artist from France who has received the Legion of Honor for her important work, paintings, writings and constructions.

In conjunction with the opening in Hungary, Alpha gallery in Boston will celebrate the event with a solo exhibit of Kepes’ Paintings and Photographs from the 1940s to the 1980s opening Saturday, March 3, 2012 at 37 Newbury Street through April 4.

Márton Orosz was the first György Kepes Fellow for Advanced Studies and Transdisciplinary Research in Art, Culture and Technology.  The Fellowship is a joint initiative of the MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology (ACT),, and ERSTE Foundation.

Kepes Institute website

Update [April 9, 2012]:
A video of the inauguration is available here.
To read Armadillo Central’s review of the event, please click here.