Curated by: Mónika Zsikla
Q Contemporary’s inaugural exhibition, XY_now, Q_now features emblematic works from artists of the last, so-called Generation Y or Millennials of the 20th century, as well as of the preceding Generation X, living and working in the Central Eastern European region. Most of the exhibited works represent the collection of Q Contemporary, complemented by works of five young artists with whom the institution seeks closer collaboration in the future. Among the generations, Generation X and Y represent a new type of age group whose experience of the world is already extremely determined by the rapid development of technology. According to the definition of social sciences, members of Generation X were typically born between 1960 and 1979 who, based on their age, could be the parents of members of the late Generation Y as well as Generation Z.
The group exhibition, presenting the works of 17 artists, focuses on the experiences of this age group. Through the works of some of the exhibited artists, one may be confronted with elaborations and reflections on the collective history and referenced traditions of the region. In the case of other artists, we can encounter the retuning of architectural and art historical references, elements of the visual tone of the digital image culture of the 21st century that is constantly incorporated and distilled into the reflections of contemporary painting, or even the (post) effects of techno culture in the last decades of the 20th century.
Catalogue of the exhibition