Esterházy Marcell’s art practice focuses on the processing of the history of the Esterházy family, which connects to Hungarian and European history in many ways. In his works, he typically works with these family and found archival materials, appropriating and reinterpreting them, alternating great historical narratives and personal family stories in his poetic solutions.
The special feature of TIMELINES is that it is an exhibition of his oeuvre, which is also a group exhibition. The multitude of timelines, i.e. the main background material of Marcell’s works, are collected in an unusual “control centre” in the space of the exhibition, where family relics and portraits and the related works of Marcell Esterházy’s co-creators and artist friends are placed next to each other chronologically, yet on a peculiarly emotional basis. The complex collection of objects reflects on the intersection of twentieth-century global and Hungarian history, as well as literary history and family histories, presenting the process of personal past processing, highlighting its compassionate attitude.