1944–2024 - Book launch and the presentation of András Böröcz’s kinetic sculpture the Noisemaker at the CEU Nádor Street building

1944–2024 - Book launch and the presentation of András Böröcz’s kinetic sculpture the Noisemaker at the CEU Nádor Street building

On the 80th anniversary of the Hungarian Shoah, two related events will take place at the CEU Nádor Street building (entrance: 1051 Budapest, Nádor utca 15) on Wednesday, January 10, 2024.
At 4 p.m., the working group of historians of the CEU Democracy Institute will present Viktor Karády and István Kemény’s book Zsidóság a magyar nemzetépítésben a numerus clausus előtt és azután [Jewishness in Hungarian nation-building before and after the Numerus Clausus]. Originally published in 1978 and 1980 in two parts by the two emigrant sociologists in Pierre Bourdieu’s iconic sociological journal, Actes de la Recherche en Sciences Sociales, the book is finally available in Hungarian (published by the Múlt és Jövő Publishing House in 2023). The author, Viktor Karády, will discuss the volume’s unfailingly groundbreaking findings with historians Erika Szívós and Miklós Konrád. The book will be available for purchase at the book launch and payment by credit card is possible.

At 6 p.m., András Böröcz’s kinetic sculpture Noisemaker, commissioned and supported by the Polgár Foundation, will be presented by art historian András Rényi in the presence of the artist. (A regular exhibitor in Budapest, András Böröcz has been living in Brooklyn since 1984.)

The CEU building is now the home of this sculpture, which is reminiscent of wagons, street organs, cymbals, and wooden toys, rolling on wheels. From here, it will make several trips. The artist and the commissioner envisage that the work, also known as the Wagon, will “make noise” during various performances to mark the 80th anniversary, actively accompanying theater, dance, music, poetry, and film.
The mission of the Wagon is to keep the memory alive: never forget the horrors of the Holocaust, the Porajmos (Roma Holocaust), and the humiliation of all minorities.

With the participation of: Gábor Németh, writer; Márton Kovács, musician; Ádám Móser, musician; Szilvia Szénási, executive director of the Uccu Foundation; and Júlia Váradi, radio journalist and presenter.

Further information on the future programs of the Noisemaker will be available at the following link: https://www.facebook.com/2bgaleria/?locale=hu_HU

The event is free, but registration is required: https://forms.office.com/e/t7u1xP80JR

Venue – Book Launch: 1051 Budapest, Nádor u. 15, Auditorium B.
Venue – Exhibition opening: 1051 Budapest, Nádor u. 15, Atrium

Organized by: 2B Gallery, Blinken OSA Archivum, CEU Democracy Institute, Freeszfe Foundation, Polgár Foundation