Melancholy and abstraction

Wednesday 12 April, 2006

Now showing in Berlin, "Melancholy: Genius and Madness in Art" is the foremost exhibition of its kind. But what makes a work melancholic? Melancholy is difficult to catch red-handed, and scarcely easier to repress. Eliminate it here, and it crops up over there, tough as any weed. Everything testifies to the presence of melancholy. Yet the more you look, the more it eludes your gaze. By Laszlo F. Földenyi
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An uprising twice suppressed

Monday 23 January, 2006

This year is the fiftieth anniversary of the Hungarian Uprising of 1956, when the Hungarian people attempted to throw off the yoke of Soviet occupation - to no avail. Hungary faces a year of commemoration fraught with conflict. A chance to reflect on a peculiar tradition in the country's culture of memory: commemoration by not remembering. By Laszlo F. Földenyi.
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