Commonpress 51 | Hungary Can Be Yours: A mail art project in the context of the secret service6. 9. - 30. 9. 2019
Artpool Art Research Center is a non-profit organization based in Budapest that follows up on the versatile activities of Hungarian non-conformist artists György Galántai (1941) and Júlia Klaniczay (1954). Since 1979 they have been running an archive focused on non-traditional forms of art, especially postal art. Postal or mail art – small artworks sent by post (drawings, stamps, author's books, graphics, photographs, collages, assemblages, etc.) – was one of few possibilities for Eastern European artists to demonstrate to the world their artistic efforts. In the 1970s and 80s, the community of mail-artists created a global net of contact addresses, "the network", through which the works travelled. In addition to the exchange of works, postal artists participated in joint thematic exhibitions.