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One Month- Two Sheets To Doubt

The exhibition presents the winning projects of the Two Months, Two Sheets, To Doubt competition launched by OSA Archivum. Altogether 36 proposals for the Two months – Two sheets – To doubt competition have been reviewed. The jury consisted of the staff of the OSA Archives, i.e. each of our colleagues selected his/her favorite project(s). Four projects received the most (11 each) votes.

The winning projects are The Conquest of the Paradise (video) by Eszter Szabó, and Painting Exercises No 11 (Silent real and virtual image)  by Kinga Juhász and Zsombor Pólya

Venue: Centrális Galéria 1051 Budapest, Arany János utca 32.

The exhibition runs from 23rd November - 30th December, 2012.

Free entrance



Budapest 9th Verzio International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival


6-11 November, 2012, Budapest 9th Verzio International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival

Toldi Cinema, Művész Cinema, Cirko-Gejzír Cinema, OSA Archivum, Odeon Underground, Toldi Klub
FILMS ABOUT Ukrainian child laborers; Swedish transsexuals; Chilean political prisoners; Italian homeless;
Paraguayan LGBTQ; Russian anarchist artists; Zambian polygamists; Hungarian prisoners
AND meetings with filmmakers and producers, round table discussions, public pitching forum, late night concerts
The International Panorama contains a selection of the best contemporary creative documentaries from all over the world, including films shown at Cannes, Venice Film Festival, Cinema de Réel, DOK Leipzig, Tribeca, One World Prague and other prominent film festivals. Hungarian Panorama presents seven recent releases. Thematic programs this year are Eyes on Russia and Moving Masses section which looks at mass demonstrations from Egypt to Paris. Festival Crossroads guest is One World Romania.
Festival passes: 4000 HUF till 6 November; 4500 HUF from 7 November
Passes can be purchased in Toldi Cinema and Művész Cinema ticket offices.
Tickets: 790 – 850 HUF
See, think, talk!
Verzio. It's your business!


HOPE in Europeana: Raising Awareness on New Content


On Monday, November 5, 2012 the Open Society Archives at Central European University in Budapest  is organizing a one day workshop to exchange knowledge in the field of digitizing cultural heritage collections in non-state institutions in Central Europe, and to share best practices on digital collection management, digital preservation and providing online access.

The workshop will showcase two of OSA’s EU supported Best Practices Network projects: the HOPE project, which brings together a partnership of European social history institutions aiming to improve access to the vast and growing  amount of highly significant but scattered digital collections on social history, and the EAwareness project, in which libraries, archives, museums, and digital developers work together to publicize The European Digital Library (Europeana) to a broad public and generate new content via user participation.

The English language interactive workshop welcomes the presence of institutions, companies, archivists, librarians, students, researchers interested in digital preservation and online access to European cultural heritage.

Guest presenters come from KARTA Center, Poland; History Meeting House, Poland; Petőfi Literary Museum, Hungary; Monguz Ltd., Hungary; Amsab-Institute for Social History, Belgium; International Institute for Social History, Holland; The Romanian Institute for Recent History, Romania; Institute for the Study of Totalitarianism, Romania; Friedrich Ebert Foundation, Germany; Open Society Archives, Hungary; Institute of Contemporary History, Czech Republic; Europeana Foundation.

The workshop venue is the OSA building at 32 Arany János utca, Budapest, 1051.

Participation at the workshop is free. For a detailed program and further information please contact Nóra Bertalan at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


The first orientation workshop of the Contemporary Central European Theatre

Document/ary vs Postmemory international research project is to take place on 19-20 October at the OSA building at 32 Arany János utca, Budapest, 1051. The aim of the project is to reveal and examine differences between the conceptions of history based on the interpretation of documents (historical narratives) and the ideas of post-memory focused on emotional experience. The project is intended to provide a single platform for interested scholars and theatre experts to engage in a dialogue and explore such a complex problem as the theatrical representations of the past in contemporary theatre.

The event  brings together actors, critics and scholars from the Visegrad countries, presenting their ideas and discussing further project developments.

The project is organized by International Alternative Culture Center in cooperation with OSA Archivum, Polish Cultural Institute, and other project partners.

The project is financed by the International Visegrad Fund.
More details and workshop program at


Two months – Two sheets – To doubt

ketsegGaleria Centralis launches a competition for the use of two flat surfaces (each measuring 440 x 250 cm) in an exhibition. Contestants are invited to submit a design for an artistic/scientific/political work of art or (a) message(s) to be displayed on the surfaces, which are installed in the central area of the Galeria. The projects can be painted, collaged/glued, or projected. One project may cover one surface.

Galeria Centralis will take care of mounting the winning project(s) on the surfaces. HUF 150,000 will be provided for the realization of each of the winning projects.

The projects will be on display between November 14, 2012 and January 6, 2013.

Designs can be delivered personally to the Galeria (Budapest V. Arany János u. 32.) or sent by e-mail in PDF to Nora Bertalan ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).

Deadline for submissions: October 31, 2012.

Only projects created during the last two years will be considered.

Contestants may come and inspect the empty surfaces in Galeria Centralis until October 31, 2012, during opening hours.


Events in Conjunction with the Exhibition of Videos and Photos by Rodolf Hervé

Please, note the programs are all in Hungarian.


Thursday September 27, 2012, 6 p.m.

"Underground above the Ground"

What happened to the underground culture of the 80s in Hungary when it came above ground in the 90s?  

Moderator: Gábor Klaniczay
Participants of the discussion: Jenő Menyhárt
Tamás Szőnyei
Balázs Trencsényi
András B. Vágvölgyi
Anna Wessely

Thursday October 18, 2012, 6 p.m.

The Bermuda Triangle in Budapest – Places where Rodolf Hervé spent his time. Discussion on the cultural revolution after the regime change.

Moderator Ágnes Bárdos Deák
Participants of the discussion: Zsuzsanna Bende
Réka Csejdy
Sisso Szilvia Artner
János Vázsonyi
László Kistamás

Tuesday October 30, 2012, 6 p.m.

Discussion on Polyphony – the social context as the medium in Hungarian contemporary art. Place-specific art objects and installations.

Moderator: Miklós Peternák
Participants of the discussion: Barnabás Bencsik
Balázs  Beöthy
János Sugár

Sunday November 4, 2012, 6 p.m.

Finissage – Is there a place underground?
Discussion on the dire situation and grim future of cultural institutions.

Moderator: Zsófia Iványi, Péter Balassa
Participants of the discussion:

Ákos Filep
Ágnes Garancsi

Márton Gulyás
Balázs Kovalik

Kornél Mundruczó
György Szabó


Venue: Galeria Centralis, 1051 Budapest, Arany János utca 32. (Tel: 327 3250)


On the Ground 1989-94

herveVideos, Photos from Rodolf Hervé's Works

The exhibition is a compilation of Rodolf Hervé’s work on the underground culture and the ongoing social transformation in Budapest, including video recordings and photos created between 1990 and 1994. In 1989 Hervé moved from Paris to Budapest and became an iconic figure in the Budapest art world both as a participant and as a spectator documenting events.

The video footage and photographs, captured in some of the most iconic sites, exhibitions, and performances in the city, serve as visual records of these times. The main figures of the period, such as Tamás Király, Ágnes Bárdos Deák, András Szirtes, Miklós Barcs, and Zsuzsa Bende, often appear in his works amidst scenes representing the social changes of the early 1990s.

Centrális Galéria 1051 Budapest, Arany János utca 32.
The exhibition runs from September 19 till November 4, 2012.

Free entrance.

Partner institution:

Association des Amis de Lucien Hervé & de Rodolf Hervé


"Who Can Erase the Traces?"


A panel discussion on the role of archives in the protection and promotion of human rights

"Who Can Erase the Traces?" The Role of Archives in the Promotion of Human Rights

Presented by the CEU Summer University course  Policies and Practices in Access to Digital Archives: Towards a New Research and Policy Agenda

This panel discussion brings together archivists and other practitioners to consider the role and responsibilities of human rights archives in preserving historical memory, pursuing justice and facilitating reconciliation and historical dialog in post-conflict societies. Speakers will share personal experiences and best practices drawn from their work with human rights documents and archives.


Gabrijela Gavran, War Crimes Database Manager, Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb, Zagreb
Gabriella Ivacs, Chief Archivist, Open Society Archives, Budapest
Nikola Mokrovic, Archivist, Documenta, Zagreb
Alice Nemcova, Senior Documentation and Information Assistant, OSCE, Prague
Stana Tadic Pantic, Chief Archivist, Humanitarian Law Center, Belgrade

Csaba Szilagyi (Moderator), Head of the Human Rights Program, Open Society Archives, Budapest

Date and time: July 5, 2012, 5:30 – 7:00 pm
Location: Popper Room, CEU, Nador u. 9.


“Culture Box” on OSA TV

Culture Box is a new, never-before-seen selection of archival footage compiled for OSA TV by Márta Elbert and Júlia Kende from the rich collections of the Black Box Foundation. The compilation includes footage from the cultural life and events after the change of the regime in Hungary, such as the celebration of the 25th issue of the then samizdat periodical Beszélő as well as the 85th birthday of poet György Faludy. Most of the footage was shot in 1994 at the tenth anniversary gala of the Soros Foundation in Hungary where poets, writers, musicians, dancers and other artists thanked George Soros for his support.

The language of the videos is Hungarian.


Kádár 100 – In His Own Words

kadar1Historical exhibition on the 100th anniversary of the birth of János Kádár in Galeria Centralis, OSA Archivum.

János Kádár was born 100 years ago. As General Secretary of the Hungarian Socialist Workers’ Party, he dominated the period between the crushed revolution of 1956 and the fall of the communist regime. Kádár’s career was shaped by Hungary’s turbulent 20th century, with its lost wars and dictatorships. For many, Kádár is still a living memory – and a highly controversial historical personality. Surveys show that the majority of Hungarians consider Kádár either as a highly influential and popular political leader or as a dictator, the traitor and blood-stained suppressor of the 1956 revolution.

By objectively presenting Kádár’s life and career, the exhibition is intended to compare the nostalgic image that still remains in public memory with the real historical person, in order to dispel the “Kádár-myth” and offer the public a true picture of his character as a statesman and of the decades of his reign. Using well and less well known documents, sound and film recordings of Kádár’s speeches and talks, our intention is not only to invoke the figure created by contemporary official propaganda but also to present a close-up image of the politician in his own environment.

Director András Sólyom’s latest film montage of Kádár will be screened at the exhibition. Furthermore, several hours of voice and film documents will offer an insight into the details of his career, including Kádár’s speeches at the meetings of the Political Committee in the 1980s and excerpts from the address that he delivered to a select audience on the occasion of his 60th birthday in 1972. A separate section, built up of materials from the Institute for the History of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution and the Historical Interviews of the National Széchenyi Library, is devoted to opinions about Kádár expressed by his contemporaries. At the exhibition, visitors can also examine the most important documents of the post-1989 literature on Kádár.

The exhibition runs from May 31 to July 29 2012
in Galeria Centralis, Budapest, V. ker. Arany János u. 32.

Opening hours:
Tuesday to Sunday, 10 a.m to 6 p.m.
Entrance is free.

Partner institutions:

Hungarian National Museum
National Archives of Hungary
The Institute for the History of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution
Collection of Historial Interviews, National Széchenyi Library
Library and Archives of the Institute of Political History
Angyalföld Museum of Local History

Please, note the language of the exhibition is Hungarian.


Chachipe Map Contest Winners Announced

chachipe2012The international jury of the Chachipe Map photography contest has selected nine winning photos from among the 1,117 photos entered in the contest. In June, an exhibition of the best photos from the contest will open to the public in Budapest.

The Chachipe Map online photography contest generated great interest when it was announced in October 2011, and the entry deadline was extended at the beginning of this year. By the final deadline on January 15, 2012, 1,177 photos had been submitted through the contest website.

Chachipe Map was open to anyone who had taken photos during the period 2005–2011 in countries participating in the Decade of Roma Inclusion 2005–2015: Albania, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia and Spain.

The contest organizers sought non-stereotypical photographs, free of prejudices, that show Roma and non-Roma living together, that approach topics in an open manner, and that might even employ radically new perspectives.

In the end, the international jury headed by Gabriella Csizek, curator at the Hungarian House of Photography, had a large number of high-quality photos to choose from.   

Contestants entered photos in three categories—Local Hero, Common Denominator, and Dream Come True—and the jury awarded three prizes in each of these categories. Among the winning photos, four were taken in Hungary, two in Romania, two in Serbia, and one in Bulgaria.

The winning photos can be viewed on the Chachipe website at, along with all of the contest entries. An exhibition featuring the winning photographs and a selection of the best photos entered in the contest will open on Friday, June 22, 2012 at Akvarium Club in Budapest.   

The winners are:

Local Hero Category
1. Tamango – A Story from Valea Plopilor (2011) by Tudor Stefan Vintiloiu, Romania
2. Madonna with Pink Ribbon (2011) by György Virág, Hungary
3. Tamango – A Story from Valea Plopilor* (2011) by Tudor Stefan Vintiloiu, Romania

*The photographer entered a series of photos under this title.

Common Denominator Category
1. Summer Neighbors (2008) by Nina Nikolova, Bulgaria
2. Blonde – Brown (2011) by Fanni Jágity, Hungary
3. Community Cleanup (2010) by Zoltán Balogh, Hungary

Dream Come True Category
1. Free Time (2010) by Boris Kocis, Serbia
2. Borsod: Hole in the Wall (2011) by Kristóf Cabello-Colini, Hungary
3. Daily Bread (2010) by Oliver Molnar-G., Serbia

Chachipe Map is organized by the Open Society Foundations and OSA Archivum.

The catalogue of the Rodolf Hervé (1957-2000) Collection

at OSA Archivum is available online.The 173 footages are video documentation of the period from the regime change to 1994 and served as raw material for the artist’s art projects. The Hervé family and his onetime colleagues actively collaborated in the preservation and digitization of the collection. On September 18, 2012 OSA Archivum launches a major exhibition of Rodolf Hervé’s oeuvre and the evolution of the cultural underground in Budapest. The video collection is freely researchable in the Archives. Short excerpts will be uploaded on the Facebook page of the exhibition on a weekly basis.

Narrative interviews with 334 Holocaust survivors

OSA Archivum has recently acquired a collection of narrative interviews with 334 Holocaust survivors.

The "European Spirit and Totalitarianism" research project, sponsored by NKFP (National Cultural Development Programs), was conducted between 2004 and 2010 by the Institute of Philosophy of the Faculty of Arts of the University of Debrecen and by Vulgo Research Group at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. The interviews were carried out within the framework of the "European Spirit and Totalitarianism" sub-project headed by sociologist and psychologist Júlia Vajda, at whose suggestion a copy of the research material was deposited with OSA. The interviews were recorded and some of the audio recordings have already been transcribed. Depending on the wishes expressed by the interviewees, some of the interviews are available for research purposes while the rest are restricted or available only with permission.


Reflections in the Dead Library

Events in conjunction with the exhibition in OSA Archivum

Forgotten Authors

Thursday March 22, 2012, 6 p.m.

Ferenc László, historian and critic
György Vári, writer and literary critic
Zoltán András Bán, writer and literary critic
Host: Sándor Turcsányi, deputy editor-in-chief of weekly Magyar Narancs

Pros and Cons: Groszman and the Soviet Literature

Thursday April 5, 2012, 6 p.m.

Zsófia Szilágyi literary historian
Ákos Szilágyi, poet and aesthete
Host: Andrea Tompa writer and theater critic and Sándor Mészáros editor-in-chief of Kalligram Kiadó Publishing House

Really Dead?

Thursday April 12, 2012, 6 p.m


Balázs Bodó, researcher of pirating, assistant professor
Gábor Mikulás, information advisor
Dániel Takács, Budapesti Bar Assocation
Zsuzsanna Vajda, ELTE

Hosted by the curators of the exhibition:
Katalin Dobó (OSA Archivum) and György Cséka (ELTE University Library)

Discussion forum with professional community

Thursday April 12, 2012, 6 p.m.

Like It Or Not…

Thursday April 19, 2012, 6 p.m

Anna Gács aesthete
Zsófia Bán, writer
Ilona Kiss, literary historian
Endre Bojtár, literary translator
György Jovánovics, sculptor
Zoltán Galántai, esearcher of the future

Host: András Mink, historian


OSA Arhivum, Galeria Centralis
1051 Budapest Arany János u. 32.

Dead Library – Books Unread

polc1acThe Dead Library exhibition is an experiment in modeling holdings of Hungarian libraries that have not been read since 1989. For the purposes of the exhibition we have selected five thousand books that were published between 1945 and 1989, in Hungary, in Hungarian, on topics of general interest, which have not been checked out since 1989.

OSA Archivum has already organized several exhibitions on preservation, classification, collection and sharing. It also ran projects involving unread books. The Dead Library is the latest event in the series.

The exhibition is a library installation, showing a typical branch library. The 300-square-meter space is dominated by bookshelves, on which the books are arranged in the standard library thematic order from technical and agricultural works to youth literature, arts and fiction. The only difference between a traditional library and the Dead Library is that here visitors will find only unread books – ones that have not been checked out since 1989 (or longer). Visitors taking one book or another off the shelves will become their first readers in decades. Our hope is that the Dead Library will inspire public thinking on libraries/archives, the preservation and re-use of information, and, by making the thousands of books available for browsing and reading, it will give visitors/readers the exceptional experience of re-discovering books otherwise destined for oblivion.

We wish to express our gratitude to the management and staff of ELTE University Library for making their huge collection available for selection and for their invaluable advice in the course of the work.

The exhibition runs until April 22, 2012, from 10 am to 6 pm every day, except Monday. Entrance to the Dead Library is free of charge.


Galeria Centralis

1051 Budapest, Arany János utca 32.

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New Sources on the 1956 Hungarian Revolution

filermanIn the past few months, OSA acquired two collections to complement its already rich archives on the 1956 Hungarian Revolution.

The first was donated by Professor Gary Filerman, one of the founders and long-time board members of the American Refugee Committee. In 1956-57, under the auspices of the World University Service, Filerman was the director of the student reception center at Camp Kilmer in New Jersey. His task was to process and place Hungarian refugee students entering the US under special immigration permits.

The documents from his experience there include official manuals and reports on the operation of the camp, letters from officials and former students, a few publications, as well as photographs on fighting in Budapest and everyday life in the camp. See HU OSA 412.


The other donation contains the personal papers of Gábor Magos (1914-2000), an agricultural engineer and politician, and a prominent member of the intellectual circle around Prime Minister Imre Nagy during the Hungarian revolt. Among others, he was responsible for liaising between the revolutionary government and the police forces in Budapest. In November-December 1956, Magos was involved in activities against the newly established Kádár government, including preparation of political documents and secret meetings with foreign diplomats. In the last days of 1956 he escaped to Vienna, then went on to Switzerland, and testified before the UN Special Committee on the Problem of Hungary as Witness XXX.

His papers include original documents relating to the revolution and his life in emigration, articles and unpublished manuscripts, interviews, correspondence with the UN and fellow émigrés, and rare Hungarian publications printed in exile.

The documents were preserved, arranged and donated to OSA by his widow, Judit Gimes-Magos, who is the sister of Miklós Gimes, a journalist and politician executed together with Imre Nagy in 1958.

Visegrad Scholarship at OSA

For a better and deeper understanding of the interdependent recent history of (the center of) Europe, the International Visegrad Fund offers 15 research fellowship grants annually at the Open Society Archives at Central European University, Budapest on a competitive basis to support scholars who wish to conduct research in the holdings of OSA, and whose current research projects are relevant to the holdings and the given research priorities of the Fund and the Archives.

For more information please see Visegrad Scholarship at the Open Society Archives.


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