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Art Research Center "Artpool" (ArtPool)

Original Name
Art Research Center "Artpool" (ArtPool)

Institution Type
Research Center


Budapest VI, Liszt Ferenc tér 10, first floor

+36 1 268 01 14

+36 1 121 08 33



The Artpool Art Research Center is a non-profit alternative art research institution in Hungary, with the objective to register changes in art, to present and document the most interesting art experiments and to promote artistic communication.

Since it was established in the 1979 as a center of officially proscribed avant-garde art and until 1990, Artpool organized many exhibitions and art events, published several anthologies and art catalogues. Artpool's aim was to provide contemporary Hungarian artists with information and potential contacts on the international art scene, as well as to publicize and document the activities of Hungarian artists out of favor with those who dictated the cultural policy of the time.

Between 1983 and 1985, Artpool published eleven "illegal" issues of "Aktu?lis Lev?l," a samizdat art magazine that continues to serve as the sole documentary source on the non-official art of those years. Artpool publications on varius topics related to arts are represented at http://www.artpool.hu/publications.html, including a number of online publications at http://www.artpool.hu/onlinepublication.html.

Collecting what documents were extant on the alternative art of the `60s, `70s and `80s, Artpool set up an archive. In the ten years of its "illegal" existence, the archive accumulated several rare collections of international significance.

Subsequent to the political changes of 1989, Artpool, which already had an international reputation, was officially recognized, and was open to the public. The Artpool Art Research Center has been operating with funding from the Budapest Municipal Council since 1992.

The collection available to public at the Artpool Art Research Center covers 300 meters of shelving. The archive and library primarily house documents pertinent to the Hungarian avant-garde movement of the 1970s and 1980s, namely correspondence, notes, plans, ideas, interviews, writings, works of art, photo documents, catalogs, invitation cards, bibliographies, chronologies, diagrams, video and sound documents, CD-Roms, etc.

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