There will be four exhibition openings during the Biennial.
The opening ceremony, awards ceremony and accompanying events of the 7th Graphic Art Biennial of Szeklerland will take place between 5 and 7 October in Sfântu Gheorghe and Miercurea-Ciuc.
On 5 October 2022 at 17:00, the series of events of the Biennial will begin with the opening of the solo exhibition of the Thai artist Mettrai Pongchomporn, winner of the 6th Graphic Art Biennial of Szeklerland, in Sfântu Gheorghe at the Lábasház (Arcaded House). The exhibition will be opened by Fruzsina Vargha, Deputy Mayor of Sfântu Gheorghe. The opening of the exhibition THE BIRD LIVES / Imre Baász – testimonies and the idea of printing will also take place on 5 October at 19:00 in the MAGMA Contemporary Art Exhibition Space. The exhibition was organized by the graphic artists Dénes Miklósi and Vilmos Koter, and the staff of MAGMA Contemporary Art Exhibition Space.
On Thursday, 6 October, from 17:00, the official opening and award ceremony of the 7th Graphic Art Biennial of Szeklerland will be held at the Transylvanian Art Centre. The exhibition will be opened by Apor S. Ferencz, curator of the Biennial, and Dr. Iréne Kányádi, art historian.
The series of events continues on Friday in Miercurea-Ciuc, on 7 October from 17:00 at the Szekler Museum of Ciuc, with the opening of the exhibition of the 7th Graphic Art Biennial of Szeklerland, which will be opened by Apor S. Ferencz, curator of the Biennial, and Eszter Túros, art historian.
The Graphic Art Biennial of Szeklerland has become a significant international forum for the graphic artist profession. Its importance is also confirmed by the fact that this year artists from 62 countries have submitted their works. During the ten-week application period, nearly 2,000 entries were received from a total of 844 artists. The jury selected 303 works for the exhibition of the Biennial.
The main aim of G7 is to continue to focus on contemporary graphic art, providing a comprehensive overview of current trends and developments in reproductive image creation. In 2022, several artists have responded with their works to the call of the Biennial’s title, Strategies, also in response to the current social situation.
The G7 jury is made up of internationally renowned representatives of the profession: Prof. Dr. Bogdan Achimescu, a Professor at the Cracow University of Arts, Prof. Dr. István Erőss, Rector of the Hungarian University of Fine Arts, Prof. dr. Adriana Lucaciu, Professor at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the Western University of Timișoara, Dr. Andrea Pézman, Assistant Professor at the Department of Graphic Arts at the University of Fine Arts in Bratislava, Dr. Beáta Bordás, art historian, head of the Transylvanian Art Centre in Sfântu Gheorghe, Dr. József Szurcsik, Deputy Rector of the Hungarian University of Fine Arts, Associate Professor and Head of Department, and graphic artist Apor S. Ferencz, curator of the Biennial. This year, the jury awarded 12 prizes to the best entries.
The event is jointly organized by the Covasna County Cultural Centre, the Councils of Covasna, Harghita and Mureș Counties, the Mayor’s Office of Sfântu Gheorghe, the Transylvanian Art Centre, the Miercurea-Ciuc City Hall, the Szekler Museum of Ciuc, the Cultural and Art Centre of Lăzarea, the Mureș County Museum, the MAGMA Contemporary Art Exhibition Space, and the Szekler National Museum.
The sponsors of the prizes:
Main Prize of the biennial – Kurkó Árpád; Nagy Pál Prize – Maros County Council, Mureş County Museum; Nagy Imre Prize – Harghita County Council, the Cultural and Art Centre of Lăzarea; Plugor Sándor Prize – Covasna County Council, Covasna County Cultural Centre; Baász Imre Prize – Association of Romanian Artists – Covasna County Branch; The prize of the Consulate General of Hungary in Miercurea Ciuc – Consulate General of Hungary in Miercurea Ciuc, MVM Energy Romania; The prize of the Hungarian University of Fine Arts – Hungarian University of Fine Arts, Budapest; Eszterházy Károly University’s Prize – Eszterházy Károly University, Visual Arts Institute, Eger; Partium Award by the Partium Christian University – Partium Christian University, Department of Fine Arts, Oradea; Pulzus Art Camp Prize – Pulzus Art Camp, Odorheiu Secuiesc; Lăzarea Art Camp Prize – Cultural and Art Centre of Lăzarea; MAMŰ Society Prize – MAMŰ Society Cultural Association, Budapest