Zoltán Molnár: Spaceship Ruckus (Budapest 1990–2021)


March 28, 2022 | Monday | 19:00

opens: Miklós Tamási, editor of Fortepan photoarchive

contributes: Fluidian musical performance (

curator: Gabriella Uhl

                   finissage: 2022 04 25


The exhibition is part of the Budapest Photo Festival 2022.


The photographer is lonely, sharply observing person, always ready for challenges, for newer and newer self-inflicted missions, to explore, to learn, to understand the field, the space. Zoltán Molnár is also such an open-minded adventurer-photographer, who chose metropolises as field for his numerous photo series. Spaceship Ruckus takes place in Budapest full of challenges, there he gets into joyful and gloomy, faint and bright adventures strenuously.

In each and every Budapest-shot, one can see the caring love of the photographer with which he turns to document and understand a phenomenon of a complex worlds of a metropolis. How do marginalized people, dogs and pigeons feel in Budapest? Why is a train or underground station sad? – for all these questions one can get an answer if we look through the lens of Zoltán Molnár. Despite the strong emotional effects, his works do not seek to represent feelings, but irrevocable facts behind the semblance. These facts are the layers of time, hence the exhibition presents chronologically the personal stories of few selected localities of Budapest chosen by the photographer.

The built reality of contemporary photography, the exploration of manipulative elements hidden in the medium, are accompanied by the exhilarating spontaneity of Zoltán Molnár that is capable of making the visitor believe in the ideal of the heroic age of photography “from the grasping of the second

Zoltán Molnár’s photos conserves such urban moments, the works guide us in the exuberant, colorful, mixed world of metropolises. The camera of the artist observes us, urban inhabitants, without a rest, observes our urban behavior’s inside and outside, our hiding and disclosure, that are bordered by the physically invisible walls of the city, that represent the exclusion and another lifestyle.