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Memory of the Summ er of '74 (1974)

"Oftentimes, when I listen to pop music for example, I almost feel touched by the simplicity of this metropolitan suslik-existence, by the everyday nature of its poetry. Then I feel the modest enjoyment of life, the banality and defencelessness of housing projects, buses, groceries, and in the end - of course, as a matter of curiosity - I even like kitsch." The virtuosity of the painting technique, the expressive brushstrokes, and the succinct, compact painting style endows the exhibited image sequences with a sweeping energy. The expressive painting-series and the film is a subjective interpretation of the everyday life of the 1970s' Budapest, depicting the city's atmosphere and its overall spirit of life in the summer of 1974. It is an intriguing mixture of popular culture (music) and high art (composition of images).

Unlike in traditional animated cartoons, he repainted the cells bellow the film camera that was set to shoot the individual frames, thus creating the sense of movement. The preserved original group of aquarelles is one of his most masterly works in his painterly opus. In his essay entitled Self-Interview, in which he questioned himself about the nature of this anthropological openness and his devotedness to the depict the universal human condition: "So you're urban-minded, aren't you?" "I don't get the meaning of urban or rural. Hardly anyone has composed a more "urban" piece of music than the greatest of our composers, Béla Bartók, in The Miraculous Mandarin; unless we also include here Gershwin's An American in Paris, although, he belongs to a quite different category. I am half lowlander and half Transylvanian, but it has never occurred to me to profit from my origins by constructing a private mythology; even though Sándor Kovásznai was an 18thcentury ancestor of mine, whose translations of verses by Janus Pannonius and other works have just been recently published in a volume. Still, I believe that there's no use making a big deal of our ancestors and origins."

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