With 18 years behind its back, the Budapest exhibition and event series is the most
significant and – with regard to its substance – the most complete unit of the DWB
project; its segments are going to be exhibited subsequently in Bratislava as well.
The venue is the Kiscell Museum; with its rich collection of local history and contemporary visual art, as well as innovative and colourful programmes it is one of
Budapest’s best-loved museums. On the one hand, the DWB project will be housed in
the museum’s magical church hall, its dimensions and milieu serving as the perfect
backdrop for the all-arts project; on the other hand, contemporary carpets and glass art
pieces will be exhibited in the permanent exhibition spaces of the museum’s historical
The aim of the DWB Budapest exhibition is to present visual and performing artists,
who normally appear together only rarely, in the same location as an organic whole.
The exhibition is arranged into thematic units; within these units the works of artists
from different countries, regions and generations are presented with the help of
information boards and films. The exhibited object arrangements are augmented by
modern and contemporary music concerts and contemporary dance performances.
(The concerts will also feature pieces by composers from V4 countries.) DWB creates
a novel all-arts quality. This novel quality is recorded by the DWB films, which –
besides the project’s website and YouTube channel – will form the most important
body of content at the subsequent exhibition in Bratislava and at the presentations in
Helsinki. (The presentations in Helsinki will serve to pave the way for a future
The organisers created the DWB Awards in 2014. The goal of the awards is to
raise awareness to the importance of sponsorship, social responsibility and
supporting culture. Its recipients are primarily up-and-coming designers.
Thus far, the awards have been sponsored by the Visegrad Fund and other
organisations, arts foundations, art collectors and businesses.
The most important themes of the DWB exhibition:
– Presenting eco-conscious projects that promote sustainable development. E.g. the
presentation of the material studies of Alvar Aalto University will receive high
priority. (This will be the core content of the subsequent workshop in Helsinki.)
– Presentation of the objects, creations, films etc. born out of the wider interpretation
of design and conceived on the boundaries of different art disciplines; particularly of
one of the genres most capable of progressive renewal: the major creators of
contemporary jewellery art (eg. selection of Legnica Jewellery Festival); since 2022 is the year of glass art, the representatives of this genre (eg. selection of Czech glass artists – Studio Dechem) will also play a significant role; the so-called TEXHIBITION project is a seven-year tradition whereby the achievements of textile artists and manufacturers are presented; one or two major iconic creators are highlighted each year etc.
– DWB assigns a significant role to the introduction of various arts universities in
order to showcase the works of various universities outside the region to V4 country
students and to facilitate person-to-person contacts at the meeting. The following
universities from the V4 region will be involved – see under Target group 20. – , and from outside the V4 region the works of students from universities outside the V4 region – see under Target group 20. – will be showcased.
– One of DWB’s most important segments is the in-person and/or online meeting
(depending on the epidemiological situation), where 10-minute presentations in
English will introduce us to each other’s work and reveal ideas for concrete joint
projects (this year’s meeting will focus heavily on this latter aspect).
– DWB’s website and social media sites are important both for the general public and
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The Bratislava exhibition is the organic continuation of the DWB Budapest
Its goal is to present the international project beyond the capitol of Hungary in
Bratislava and to take advantage of Vienna’s proximity and reach out to the Austrian
The exhibition will present a topical selection of the Budapest exhibition and the films
of the all-arts events of the Budapest project.The Bratislava venue of the DWB project would be the renewed Umelka Gallery with
its bright spaces and clean architecture, a counterpoint to the historical spaces of
Budapest’s Kiscelli Museum.This aspect will be considered when selecting the exhibition material, thus compelling
textile art creations and statue-like objects, as well as the works of contemporary
jewellery artists will be prioritised for exhibition, augmented by the films and photos
of the Budapest project.
The Bratislava exhibition will primarily reach out to the Slovakian audience, and –
taking advantage of the proximity of Vienna and the cooperation of Austrian
exhibitors and partners – would like to reach out to the Austrian audience too.
Partners of the Visegrad Fund tender: