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Hungary’s largest-scale photography show, the BUDAPEST PHOTO FESTIVAL 2020, celebrates photographic art for the fourth time with its series of events to run in the MŰCSARNOK from 28 February. This time the Festival opens with an exhibition where visitors can enter a magical pictorial world on the borderline of fine art and photography, fiction and reality.

Estonian artist Kris Lemsalu (born in 1985, EE) in Germany. Kris Lemsalu creates sculptures, installations, and performances that fuse the animal kingdom with humankind, nature with the artificial, beauty with repulsion, lightness with gravity, and life with death. Since Performa 17, Kris Lemsalu has collaborated with New York-based artist and multi-instrumentalist Kyp Malone (born in 1973, US) to create enhanced installations and performances encompassing sculpture, ceramics, animation, performative elements as well as music and sound. The exhibition at KW presents a newly conceived body of work as a continuation of the multifaceted collaboration between the—in the meantime married—duo.

Hassan Sharif (1951–2016) lived and worked in Dubai, was one of the most influential artists from the Middle East of the twentieth century. He is considered a leading pioneer of Conceptual Art and new experimental artistic approaches that reconceived a conventional understanding of time, space, form, and social interactions, and which continue to resonate significantly with the younger generation to this day.

In her art, Lounila examines contemporary life through the experience and recording of time. The new exhibition features videos, sound installations, assemblages, neon work and a VR piece. Characterised by a calculated aloofness and technical precision, the works nevertheless contain a sense of nostalgia and timelessness. They are inspired by the artist’s travels and nature experiences and more broadly by popular culture and visual art.

Ed Atkins’ video works are fascinated by our relationship with contemporary technologies of representation and how they variously exceed or fail in their attempt to sufficiently capture us. His works employ both found and custom-made digital materials, united by music and anxiety.

The first major exhibition devoted to David Hockney’s drawings in over twenty years, David Hockney: Drawing from Life, explores Hockney as a draughtsman from the 1950s to the present by focusing on depictions of himself and a small group of sitters close to him: his muse, Celia Birtwell; his mother, Laura Hockney; and friends, the curator, Gregory Evans, and master printer, Maurice Payne.

The exhibition in the Műcsarnok highlights the most important stations in Kamill Major’s visual journey through thirty paintings, the earliest made in 1979, to give visitors a taste of his art.

Bis vor 30 Jahren teilte der Eiserne Vorhang Europa in Ost und West: eine politische Abgrenzung, die wirtschaftliche und gesellschaftliche Folgen hatte. Hans-Peter Riese, damals als westdeutscher Journalist im Osten unterwegs, gehörte zu den Botschaftern zwischen den beiden Welten. Auf seinen Reisen begegnete er zahlreichen KünstlerInnen. So entstand auch eine beeindruckende Sammlung, die er zusammen mit seiner Frau, der Journalistin Michaela Riese (1943–2000), aufbaute.

Maes was an astute businessman, and produced over 900 portraits, adapting his style to reflect the high fashion and decoration of the second half of the 17th century. But it is his ‘genre’ scenes – which often feature the central character eavesdropping and breaking the fourth wall to interact directly with the viewer – which best reveal Maes’s inventive and distinct style.

The artists Gilbert & George have created art together for half a century. Through this an outstanding body of work has emerged that is still explosive and avant-garde today. This is now generously demonstrated in THE GREAT EXHIBITION, 1971-2016, which allows unique insight into their visually powerful, boundless – and sometimes provocative – artistic universe.

From the destruction of Iraqi treasures (Michael Rakowitz) to the fate of Syrian refugees (Monira Al Solh) while taking in the financial backing of the Taliban through the exploitation of lapis lazuli (Asli Cavusoglu), “Our World is Burning” presents a complex intermeshing of events, to which the artworks allude while offering multiple poetic perspectives. The exhibition opens with a reflexion on the issue of the Anthropocene (John Akomfrah, Yto Barrada, Raqs Media Collective) and the question of the use of natural resources (Monira Al Qadiri, Sammy Baloji, Fabrice Hyber) in order to participate in the debate about the need to change our exploitative relationship with nature.