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Trencsenyi, Zoltan

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Népszabadság - Hungary | 06/07/2006

Cow Parade in Budapest

The travelling exhibition "Cow Parade" is currently in Budapest. Several artists created life-sized sculptures of cows which can be viewed at different locations in Budapest. A sky-blue cow standing on the square in front St. Stephen's Basilica that looks like a melting ice lolly and has a sign that reads 'Don't lick' protruding from its behind has now triggered a wave of protest. "After the protests of the Catholic Church, residents of Budapest dragged the 100kg statue away one night and placed it in front of the Liberal party headquarters," Zoltan Trencseny reports. "They must have thought that the cow, being blue, was bound to have close affiliations with the Free Democrats." He explains that in Hungary everything is misconstrued as a political provocation: "The Catholic Church was also indignant about Harry Potter, who was originally regarded by Catholics as a creation of Satan but has now risen somewhat in their estimations."

Népszabadság - Hungary | 08/02/2006

Peter Halasz's staged funeral

Theatre director Peter Halasz, who has cancer, probably has only a few weeks left to live. To show once again how tenuous the border between theatre and life is, he constructed his own bier in his Budapest art gallery, laid down in an open coffin, and listened to eulogies by prominent artists and intellectuals. Zoltan Trencsenyi comments: "What at first glance appears to be a rather creepy ceremony is in fact nothing more than the natural continuation of Halasz's theatre work using different means. He has created a strange but realistic situation, and those present must find their own way of coping with it... We observed what a person who is preparing to die did in his coffin. Sometimes he closed his eyes, smiled, tossed and turned, or held on to the side of the coffin – he lived."

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