“Main Road – Private Property” signpost (1973 Balatonboglár)
Artwork for practical use. Re-functioned road sign. Re-interpretation of the road. (Inscription on the signpost: “private property”.)
Contradiction between visual and verbal information.
Péter Donáth and Mihály Csákó at the entrance to the chapel
with György Galántai’s work “Main Road – Private Property” in the background.
A work made later, titled a “Group of Main Road Signs” (1975)
If you take the original meaning of the signpost, repeating is nonsense. It is the repetition itself that lifts it into the realm of art.
(We need a multitude of main roads.) A specifically Eastern European problem.(?)
The “Group of Main Road Signs” expresses the desire for something that is non-existent, while the work “Main Road – Private Property” conveys the acceptance of an existing situation.
György Galántai leaving the chapel locked down by the authorities with the sign of László Najmányi’s lecture titled “Friendly Treatment” (1973)