The “MAGMA” Contemporary Art Centre in SepsiszentgyörgyIn 2007, at the symposium of the exhibition Maybe 2.0 organized at the “Gyárfás Jenő” Art Gallery the attendees expressed the need for an exhibition hall for contemporary art. The demand is not at all a new one, as it was seen as a replacement for the “Üvegcsűr”, which was demolished in 1992. Realizing the importance of this initiative, in 2010 the Kovászna County Council and the Székely National Museum offered to the Magma Contemporary Art Society the spaces from the ground floor and basement of the so-called Bazaar building, while also assuring the continuity of their functioning through an annual budget.
Among the objectives of the Magma project was the opening of an independent exhibition hall, exposing experimenting innovative works, respectively workshops, presentations and interdisciplinary creative initiatives. The aim of the founders was to form such an artistic and social atmosphere which would help to the carry on of Imre Baász’s endeavour: let Sepsiszentgyörgy become a centre of contemporary art!
The “Magma” Contemporary Art Gallery was opened in 2010 with the aim of becoming the expansion in time, up to our days, of the collections and exhibitions of the “Gyárfás Jenő” Art Gallery and of the Transylvanian Art Centre. In this space are put on show art works that later on could enter the collections of the museum.
The exhibitions of the artists using new media find their place in this almost 200 m² exhibiting space. The institution offers a presentation opportunity for the young artists, helping the common thinking and cooperation of different art branches, and mediating the contemporary art programmes for the public. The gallery gives preference to inter-media, fine art photography, video art, installation, experimental music and public art.
In the first year of its existence 52 events took place in the “Magma” Gallery, and through them all those interested were able to have a cross-section of the latest achievements of regional or Eastern-Central-European contemporary art. Through frequent workshops the visitors get interpretative “references” from artists, art historians, aestheticians, and through other workshop events even the youngest generations can contact the new works of art based on interaction.
At the end of the year our occasional three-language pocket catalogues are published with a festive cover, and we deliver them to libraries and collections of art centres. The electronic version of these catalogues had been consulted by more than 30 000 people, and our web site – www.magmacm.ro – registered more than 215 000 visits.
The most important challenge in the future would be to consolidate the regional position of the gallery regarding the presentation of contemporary art, and to integrate its own collection together with that of the “Gyárfás Jenő” Gallery and the Transylvanian Art Centre into the European art circuit.
On January 15, 2015 at 19:00 MAGMA Contemporary Art Space from Sfântu Gheorghe cordially invites you to the opening of the exhibition entitled The geometry of water by Hungarian artist Ágnes PÉTER winner of the first prize at the second edition of the International Graphic Art Biennial in Szeklerland.[ details ]
SALON VIDEO and MAGMA Contemporary Art Space cordially invite you to the opening of the archive-exhibition salonvideo_SUBmissions.[ details ]
The commune Árkos and the Covasna County Capital, Sepsiszentgyörgy will host an extraordinary event: the ‘Spiral’ International Contemporary Art Symposium takes place here at the Training Center and the garden of the Szentkereszty Castle. [ details ]