Mónika Üveges

Cairo Contemporary

2023.07.13 - 09.03.
Soft opening: 2023 July 13., 8-9.30pm

1071 Budapest, Lövölde tér 7.

musca rosea: 
In Hungary it exists only within the greenhouse circumstances of Lövölde square, since its fine membrane leaves are not resistant to natural impacts in lack of assistance. In more pleasant climate, it exists in the wild, too. Taxonomically it belongs to the family of muscidae and to the subfamily of muscinae. It is named, on the one hand, after its pale pink tone and lapping petals, and on the other hand, after the art nouveau style illustrations of Ernst Haeckel that introduce mosses in the encyclopedia Kunstformen der Natur, published in 1904. The taxonomical definition of muscinae refers to the subfamily of flies, so it is a mystery how Haeckel mistook it with mosses.

Mónika Üveges has a degree of visual artist from the Academy of Fine Arts, Budapest, Faculty of Painter. She is a member of MAMŰ Association and Studio of Young Photographers, as well co-founder of SKURC artist-run space.

As a visual artist, she is interested in the differences of organic and syntactic, animalistic and vegetal.


Cairo Contemporary

Parallel Art Foundation opens its new exhibition space Cairo Contemporary on Lövölde square, Budapest. Beyond its unique atmosphere, the special characteristic of the space is that the exhibited works can only be seen and interpreted thought the windows. Artists are invited from Hungary and abroad, representing various genres, including painting, sculpture, photography, design, as well as their peripheries. The exhibited site-specific artworks are fit to the character of the blue box in different ways; the creation and installation process can be an inspiring challenge to the artists.

The name refers to Cairo Coffee House existed on Lövölde square from the end of the 19th century, opened by József Tichy, a well-known butcher. To achieve a nice oriental design, he sent Zsigmond Vajda, painter of the murals, to Alger for a study trip. Sándor Bortnyik, Hungarian painter was one of the famous guests.


Photo: Linda Gergely
riporter: Katica Kocsis, cameraman-editor: Dániel Török, for ArtKartell Magazin

Supported by Erzsébetváros Municipality - Cultural District Catalyst Grant
Partner: Bischitz Johanna Integrated Human Service Centre


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Parallel Art Foundation
1067 Budapest, Hungary