Type - Writer
December 4, 2000 - January 31, 2001

The exhibition in Galeria Centralis entitled "Type-Writer" was a comparative representation of samizdat activities in Eastern and Central Europe from the post World War II period until the collapse of the Communist regimes. There have been numerous exhibitions in the region concentrating on the political and moral significance of opposition and underground literature, and trying to show its various intellectual and political trends. The exhibition in Galeria Centralis, in contrast, concentrated on other issues which were extremely important elements of the story but which had received less attention. The main intention was to show the technological history and development of the production and distribution of underground literature, the raw materials, and the tools and instruments, from the most primitive hand-operated ones up to...

Angkor - The Lost City in the Jungle
September 6, 2000 - October 8, 2000

Upon hearing the name Angkor, many of us have vague recollections of giant statutes of gods and temples overgrown by the jungle, standing as monumental remnants of the long-vanished dynasties of Cambodia, a faraway country ravaged by war in its modern history. Angkor was the capital of Southeast Asia’s  largest kingdom, the Angkor Empire, from the 9th century until the 15th century. The empire had its golden age in the 12th century, when Angkor had nearly one million inhabitants.

The most famous building complex of Angkor is the Wat, which occupies about one thousand square meters of ground. Its builders used more stone to construct it than the Egyptians used for all of the pyramids. After the collapse of the Khmer Empire in the 14th century, the capital became deserted and, apart from a few short...

June 10, 2000 - July 14, 2000

This multimedia exhibition explores contradictory representations of the Kosovo conflict. It does not attempt to establish 'truth', but rather reconstructs a small part of the media representations of the conflict in the context of events on the ground.

The exhibition explores a variety of opposing viewpoints on the conflict through: Serbian, Albanian, NATO and Chinese publicity and propaganda; award winning photographs from some of Hungary's most talented photographers; sound material; films; internet homepages; and a collection of original objects from the conflict. Materials from this exhibition will be donated to form the core of an archival and museum collection on the conflict in Pristina.

This exhibition is dedicated to all those who lost their lives in this conflict - to those who represent nothing more, or less,...

The 2000 Years of Communism
June 1, 2000

When the "2000 Years of Communism" on-line exhibition was first conceived, the guiding idea behind it was to explore the many ways in which official communist historiography, communist art and art policy represented the figure of Jesus Christ as well as that of early Christians as forerunners of communism. It is the aim of the exhibition to show and document how the official books, propaganda, school textbooks and art-media (especially film and "fine-arts") represented the early history of the Christian church as if it would be connected to the history of communism.

At the very hart of this exhibition is the assumption that communism, through its various phases and for different reasons, could have not avoided dealing with the Christianity's early days, no matter how hard it tried to distance its self from it. In...

The First One - Free elections: 1990
May 11, 2000 - May 28, 2000

The exhibit presents contemporary documents of the first free elections in Hungary since 1945.  The displayed posters, original samizdat publications, newspaper articles and archival video footage enrich the exhibition and attempt to guide the visitor through the years preceding the election to reenact the atmosphere of the events 10 years ago.

The exhibit is invaluable to those who were too young at the time to understand the true impact of the transition, and to those who merely wish to recall the first moments of democracy and the first election campaign along with its major and minor players.

The Siege
February 13, 2000 - April 28, 2000

The exhibit is not only a commemoration of the events that took place 55 years ago, but, as we embark on the new millenium, new and never before seen photographs, documents, propaganda materials of the age, posters, flyers and period newsreels paint a picture of the incidents and circumstances which have been either largely forgotten or forbidden to remember.  The exhibit portrays the events and developments of the siege, the participants, the Soviet, German and Hungarian army operations, the military commanders, the military and political background of the situation, the daily routine of the besieged city, the Arrow Cross propaganda, the opposition stemming from various personal or political convictions directed against the Nazis and the Arrow Cross, as well as the organizers and members of the Jewish-rescue missions.