Under the patronage of the Hungarian Ambassador in Kuwait Ferenc Csillag, Contemporary Art Platform (CAP) in collaboration with Art Moments and Hybrid art, Hungary, is proud to present the video installation of the Hungarian artist Zsolt Asztalos, ”Fired But Unexploded”, exhibited recently at the Hungarian Pavilion in the 55th international exhibition, Venice Biennale 2013.

The installation comprises sixteen videos, each presenting an unexploded projectile found in Hungary. The vision of the destructive weapons, which hover in a homogeneous, indefinite space, is complemented with the sounds of the world around them, and thus the films open the way to new narratives.

Each bomb has its own story. Which is essentially one of two kinds. Bombs may explode and thus fulfill their role as objects made specifically for the purpose of destruction, and then enter history books and the personal histories that families maintain. Zsolt Asztalos Hold, in his turn looks into the other possible story in his installation, the story of the malfunctioning device (unexploded bomb) as it leaves behind its original function, assumes a life of its own, starts writing a narrative, becomes a director of our lives through the contingency it introduces. It stays with us humans as it generates and symbolizes conflicts among us.

It is an object of mercy, a threat, or a memorial. In HOLD’s work, unexploded bombs are revealed to have several functions and fields of interpretation. Floating in an indeterminable space, the bombs seem to exist, thanks to the sound effects that surround them, in a matrix defined by the continuous interaction of the past and the recent past, the present and the future.


Zsolt Asztalos HOLD’s objects trouvés are multiple representations of conflict situations, open to simultaneous interpretations on personal, local, regional and global levels. This brave and thought-provoking installation belongs to the praxis of visual art that has been instrumental, through research and exhibition, in processing the brutal traumas of the late 20th and 21st centuries.

The website *Fired but Unexploded* http://www.fired-but-unexploded.com is an integral part of the installation: it not only provides further information on the exhibition, but also aims to create a worldwide map of conflicts with its interactive interface. An application available for all smartphone platforms will guide visitors through the exhibition and will provide more information for those who want to further immerse themselves. This Exhibition is part of Zenith Art Exchange program between Contemporary Art Platform, Kuwait, and Art Moments, Hungary.


*FIRED BUT UNEXPLODED*, organized by Contemporary Art Platform. VIDEO INSTALLATION BY ZSOLT ASZTALOS HOLD, Exhibition of Hungarian Pavilion, The 55th Venice Biennale, *Exhibition Dates: 12/12/2013  – 11/1/2014, Contemporary Art Platform (The Art Room*). CAP Kuwait.



“Zenith Art Exchange / Hungary (2013-2014)” is  a series of events and exhibitions organized and curated by CAP (Contemporary Art Platform) in partnership with “Art Moments Festival 2013” (one of the major public art festivals in Hungary) aiming to promote Hungarian and Arab contemporary visual art and strengthen the international dialogue between artists from both nationalities.

In its first season the program will cover the summer and autumn period by presenting three exhibitions curated by CAP Director Abed AlKadiri to be held in museums and institutions such as Modem Museum, Zsolnay Cultural Quarter and Design Terminal. In addition to an artist in residence program in University of Pécs, Faculty of Arts. The first event was “Kursi, A Tribute to a Chair” (Date: 4/9/2013 – 12/9/2013) Artists and designers were always fascinated by the chair and its potential weight of meaning, from its religious allusions to its social, political, and humanistic implications. In “Kursi”, the graphic and architectural dimensions explored by these artists and designers from Kuwait highlighted the infinite possibilities of their creativity. Participated Artists: Amira Behbehani, Aseel Al Yaqoub, Bader Al Mansor, Dana Al Jouder, Faisal Al Fouzan, Jassim Al Saddah, Mohammad Sharaf, Mohammed Al Kouh and Yousef AlMehdari.



“Sacred Paths / Photography Exhibition from the Middle East”

Date: 26/9/2013 – 16/11/2013

Location: Modem Museum Debrecen / Hungary

About the show: “The Sacred Paths” examines the fine line dividing the sacred with the metaphysical dimension associated with religion and the liturgical and social practices developed from a continuous search for belonging, through the exploitation of religion as means for political power. The exhibition presents the works of twelve Middle Eastern photographers whose work predominantly falls under the category of photojournalism. “The Sacred Paths” engages the symbolic , political, social and personal meaning of the term ‘path’ and is not concerned solely with its physical geographical meaning.

Photographers: Abbas Kowasri, Boushra Al Moutawakel, Dalia Khamissy, Farah Nosh, Issa Touma, Laura Boushnak, Laura El Tantawy, Newsha Tavakolian, Raed Bawayah, Reem Al Faisal, Samer Mohdad, Tamara Abdulhadi and Tanya Habjouqa.


“Marwan / The Head as A Cosmos”

Date: 24/10/2013 – 24/11/2013

Location: M21 Gallery, Zsolnay Cultural Center

About the show:  This exhibition celebrates “Marwan Kassab Bachi “body of work, featuring one of the largest collections of portraits / Heads assembled by the artist himself. “The Head as a Cosmos” outlines Marwan’s adaptation to the “Head” as a dominant theme in his work through the years and an identity to his name by bringing together more than 90 works of watercolors and etchings and a small selection of canvases, part of Contemporary Art Platform collection. For Marwan the head is a “landscape, a world, or even a universe”.

Marwan was born in Damascus, Syria, in 1934, he did his studies in literature at the University of Damascus and then went to Berlin, Germany, to pursue painting with Hans Trier in 1957. He has remained in Berlin, and draws on both Arab and modernist German recognizable artistic influences.

Artist: Marwan Kassab Bachi


Zenith Artist in Residence program

Date: 15/10/2013 – 29 /10/2013

Location: Zsolnay Cultural Quarter/ University of Pécs, Faculty of

Arts, 6 Middle Eastern artists.

Program summary and submission:  “Zenith Artist in Residence Program 2013” provides a unique opportunity for young Middle Eastern artists to spend 14 days abroad in Central Europe. Within the frames of “Zenith Artist in Residence Program 2013, the artists delegated by Contemporary Art Platform (CAP) Kuwait will visit Pécs the European Capital of Culture 2010 and spend 12 days in the ateliers of the institution of Fine Arts, where they will get the opportunity to have professional discussions with the professors and artists the of the University of Pécs and discuss new concepts and techniques and refine their artistic methods. The goal of the program is to facilitate the international networking of the participants and their exchange with the local art scene, providing appropriate working conditions and the possibility of international presentation through which artists may have significant opportunities for career development.

After their staying in Pécs the artists will visit Budapest, the capital of Hungary where they become familiar with the cultural and social highlights of this vivid city. The program offers visits with professional guidance to galleries, ateliers and museums.

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