Balázs Kicsiny, Temporary Resurrection (detail), 2010.

Freund Visiting Artist Lecture: Balázs Kicsiny

January 30, 2012
5:30p Reception, 6:30p Lecture
Kemper Art Museum & Steinberg Auditorium

5:30p Reception, Kemper Art Museum
6:30p Lecture, Steinberg Auditorium

Artist Balázs Kicsiny will offer a lecture focusing on his practice and the works in his spring 2012 exhibition Balázs Kicsiny: Killing Time as part of the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts Public Lecture Series. As the 2011-12 Henry L. and Natalie E. Freund Visiting Artist, Kicsiny worked with faculty and students in the Sam Fox School last spring in preparation for this exhibition.

A reception co-sponsored by the Hungarian-Missouri Educational Partnership will be held prior to the lecture, beginning at 5:30p at the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum.

Based in Budapest, Hungary, Kicsiny is one of the most highly regarded representatives of contemporary Central and Eastern European Art. He works in multiple media, including sculpture, installation video, film, performance, and painting. Among his works, he designed the Hungarian Pavilion at the 51st Venice Biennale in 2005.

Kicsiny's sculptural installations function as frozen performances that employ life-size figurative sculptures that speak the languages of both theater and philosophy. The protagonists are caught in a moment of some strange, non-rational event, a dichotomy of perpetual motion and immobility. Kicsiny's captured scenes make time stretch and fold back onto itself as infinitesimal movement. Not so much stillness as durational slowness, his performative exhibitions make space a function of time, inverting the usual Space and Time axiom.

Video: Freund Visiting Artist Lecture with Balázs Kicsiny

About the Henry L. and Natalie E. Freund Art Endowment Fund

The Henry L. and Natalie E. Freund Art Endowment Fund supports a pair of programs within the Sam Fox School: the Fruend Teaching Fellowship and the Freund Visiting Artist Program. Launched in 2009, the Freund Visiting Artist Program is open to a practicing artist, architect, or designer nominated by a current faculty member. The visiting artist works with students and faculty on campus, and produces an exhibition of work at the Kemper Art Museum.

image credit: Balázs Kicsiny, Temporary Resurrection (detail), 2010. Installation of eight life-size fabric figures, four wearing parachutes and four wearing painted motorcycle helmets, with table, four chairs, and plastic food containers. Minoritenkirche, Regensburg, Germany. Photo by Balázs Kicsiny.