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Q Contemporary unveils and promotes the best of CEE contemporary art. We constantly seek and nurture both established and emerging artistic talents, channelling their works to a global audience through education and cultural ventures that inspire an ongoing dialogue throughout the creative community.

 

Q Contemporary was inspired by a rising generation of artistic talents responding to tremendous socio-economic change in the post-communist landscape of CEE.

Today, our collection consists of CEE works with a focus on artists who have been active from the second half of the 20th century to present day. Q Contemporary celebrates these visionaries—whose works we not only love, but are dedicated to promote through our growing ambitions as a global art space and ambassador for CEE contemporary art.

Q Contemporary is a pioneer in the world of CEE art, and the first to group the region’s works into a distinctive collection. Our flourishing and unique gallery forms the foundational cornerstone of Q Contemporary’s identity and activities. From exhibitions and jointly held shows with other museums and galleries, to collaboration with artists and our dedication to education and research, Q Contemporary is committed to unveiling CEE art to the rest of the world.

International in reach and outlook, Q Contemporary’s main presence is in an elegant four-storey 19th century villa in the heart of Budapest. Together with our future pop-ups  in London and Hong Kong, we offer a dynamic global art space for selected CEE artists to display their work, amplify their international exposure, and elevate their careers.

Promoting cultural exchange between CEE & Asia

Q Contemporary’s first space is based in Budapest, Hungary. This fascinating cultural centre was chosen as the group’s first base and headquarters in the CEE region, due to its centralised location in Europe and its vast history.

There are many similarities in the rich cultures of Hungary, the CEE region, and China – forming the cornerstone of our cultural exchange initiatives. With such a wealth of history that was centuries in the making, the CEE region is overflowing with culture that has often been overlooked until now.

Strong relations between China and Hungary provided a solid cultural exchange platform for more than hundred years, as these cultures continued to  influence each other. These parallel worlds have much in common, which will be explored, shared and celebrated by Q Contemporary.

 

Our Team

Hong Kong

Queenie Rosita Law

Q Contemporary was founded by Queenie Rosita Law, an entrepreneur from Hong Kong who was inspired by Central and Eastern European art when exploring the region. She fell in love with the work of a number of its artists and realised that many of them were not known internationally. Queenie has devoted her time to uncovering talents from CEE and founded this state-of-the-art private institution to bring them much-needed attention, making a palpable difference to the content of the contemporary art world.

 

Eszter Csillag

Eszter has been the Artistic Director of the Q Contemporary collection since its formation. She is responsible for programming and cultural exchanges between Asia and Central Eastern Europe, besides building collaborations with other institutions. She has worked for years on mapping the artists of Central and Eastern Europe, with a special focus on emerging artists.

Currently in the last year of her PhD degree at the Art History Department of the University of Hong Kong, Eszter is working on the representation of Chinese natural history in Early Modern Europe, and previously completed an MA in art history at the University of RomaTre, and a BA at La Sapienza University in Rome, Italy.

 

Budapest

Bálint Ferenczy

Bálint is the Managing Director of Q Contemporary, relocating to Budapest after living in London for seven years. Bálint has an MA degree in History of Photography from Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London, as well as a degree in Liberal Arts studied in both Hungary and the USA. The experiences he gained working at Sotheby’s auction house, several galleries and while on the curatorial board of the József Pécsi Photography Grant, fills him with confidence to support the mission of Q Contemporary.

Bálint works closely with the senior management to refine, develop, and implement a progressive programme for Q Contemporary’s exhibitions and community outreach. He is responsible for building visibility through leadership and direction, while overseeing the daily operations of Q Contemporary, including assistance with artwork research and acquisitions. Bálint is currently a part-time PhD student at the Széchenyi István University, researching private art museums in the CEE region. He has been a member of the Studio of Young Photographers Hungary since 2014, being on its board between 2017 and 2019.

 

Mónika Zsikla

Mónika is the Curatorial Director of Q Contemporary Budapest. Between 2003 and 2009, she studied Art History and Aesthetics at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, and from 2015 to 2018, she continued her education in the Aesthetics Programme of the Doctoral School of Philosophy at Eötvös Loránd University, where she is now working on her doctoral thesis.

Between 2007 and 2015, she worked at the Kisterem Gallery of Budapest. In parallel with her studies, as an Ernő Kállai scholar, she has conducted extensive research on the life work of Zsigmond Károlyi (as of 2013) and of Gizella Rákóczy (as of 2016). Since 2007, she has regularly published in Hungarian periodicals, as well as in Hungarian and international publications. Since 2017, she has been a lecturer at the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design, and curator at the Budapest Gallery. In parallel with these activities, she has curated and co-curated numerous exhibitions of Hungarian contemporary art over the past decade. She is member of the AICA.

Her curated exhibition with the artist Zsófia Keresztes- After Dreams: I Dare to Defy The Damage–  will represent Hungary at the 59th Venice Biennale in 2022.

 

Blanka Szalay

Blanka works as the Cultural Programme & Collection Associate  at Q Contemporary Budapest, and is responsible for collection management, artist research and cultural programmes. She has a passion for working with people and loves creating educational programmes and tours that are adapted to every interest and all ages. She received her Tour Guide certification in 2014.

An art historian specialised in Contemporary Art, Blanka graduated from Pázmány Péter Catholic University with a major in Art History and a minor in History. In 2020, she received a certificate as a Cultural Organisation Manager with a Complementary Degree in Law, and plans to pursue doctoral studies in the future.