OFF-Biennale

The OFF-Biennale (Budapest) started in 2015 as a grassroots statement project that was to testify to the independence, resilience, and capability of the local art scene.

Gladness Demo, a restaging of Endre Tót’s Gladness demonstrations of the 70s by Kristóf Kovács at Telep Gallery, Budapest, October 8, 2017, as part of GAUDIOPOLIS 2017/OFF-Biennale

OFF-Biennale Budapest, Archive: Gladness Demo, restaging of Endre Tót’s Gladness demonstrations of the 70s by Kristóf Kovács at Telep Gallery, as part of GAUDIOPOLIS 2017/OFF-Biennale, Budapest, 2017, Photo: Zsolt Baláz

Started and sustained by a handful of art professionals, the one-time event has since turned into an independent platform where art engages with pressing issues, and the underlying dialogues and collaborations of artists, curators, researchers, students, and various civil groups and organizations can be nurtured and promoted on a local as well as international level.

OFF has never applied for Hungarian public funding and steered clear of state-run art institutions — a policy that, while it counters the project’s principles of cooperation, sharing, and serving the common good, is still deemed necessary in order to preserve freedom of expression and professional integrity. The third OFF-Biennale took place from April 23 until May 30, 2021.

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