Visegrád Group in focus at Budapest Art Market

The Visegrád Group countries of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia will be in special focus at this year’s Art Market international contemporary art fair in Budapest between October 11-14, the founder and director of the event said on Tuesday.

The event will highlight sculptor Lukas Rittstein from the Czech Republic, photographer Anikó Robitz from Hungary, painter Tomek Baran from Poland and media artist Erik Sikora from Slovakia, Attila Ledényi told a press conference.

British photographers Jimmy Nelson and Thomas Hodges will personally attend the event, as well as the French artist Michel Platnic who lives in Israel.

Coinciding with the fair Budapest will host a Visegrád Contemporary art festival and a New Visegrád Photography exhibition presenting the works of a new generation of V4 photographers, he said.

The Art Market fair will this year show works by some 500 artists from four continents in the Millenáris cultural centre, he said.

For that matter, Hungarian incubator Design Terminal is mentoring four startups from the region before taking them on a roadshow in the Visegrád Group countries.

The startups, one each from the V4 countries of Hungary, the Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia, were selected as finalists in Design Terminal’s V4 Startup Force programme.

They are Aeriu, from Hungary, which uses commercial drones to do inventory control; Aibrace, from the Czech Republic, which makes an emergency bracelet for people with life-threatening health problems; Freya, from Slovakia, which focuses on family planning; and Runvido, from Poland, which uses the latest technology to ease business communications.

Design Terminal is partnering on V4 Startup Force with the Visegrád Fund, the Foundation for Technology Entrepreneurship, 0100 Campus and UP21.

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