ARTPOOL ART RESEARCH CENTER
GENERAL INFORMATION ON THE INSTITUTION AND ITS OPERATION (2012)

The Artpool Art Research Center, opened in 1992, is a non-profit institution located in the center of Budapest, housing a public library, multimedia archives and the Artpool P60 exhibition space. Its main agenda is research and theoretical analysis of the changes in and results of recent trends in the Hungarian and international art scenes.

By continuing the tradition and relying on the experiences of György Galántai’s Chapel Studio in Balatonboglár (1970– 1973) and the illegal Artpool Archive (founded by György Galántai and Júlia Klaniczay in 1979), the Artpool Art Research Center focuses its research and documentation activities on new trends in contemporary art and various new media, as well as on the relations between society and art, and/or between art and everyday life.

Receiving and giving information, collecting and preserving documents and publishing materials represent one dimension of Artpool´s activities. Using the archive creatively is another aim.

The Artpool Art Research Center today is a model for others in its use of archival processes in complex art projects that connect past and present to work on future, as yet unanswerable, questions of culture.