Godot Institute of Contemporary Art Logo Design
Another jewel of Budapest's vibrant life has found a home in Óbuda, within the crumbling walls of a long-abandoned industrial zone. The Godot Institute of Contemporary Art opened its doors on 1 October 2020 as Óbuda's latest visual arts venue. The building at 21 Fényes Adolf street, the historic site of the Goldberger textile factory in Óbuda, was used by its former owner as a furniture restoration workshop and later rented out as a club space with rehearsal rooms. The factory interior has recently been given a new function, filling the old industrial area with cultural content as an exhibition space. As its creators succinctly put it, they are "Budapest's new, independent, contemporary art experience centre". The roots of the exhibition space go back to the Godot Gallery founded by Zoltán Sáfár. The gallery's director decided to expand its activities on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the space's existence. Thus, a new representative of the Hungarian art scene was created, giving space to young artists, creators, curators and, last but not least, the receptive side. The Godot Institute of Contemporary Art (GICA) boasts a total area of 1100 square metres. It consists of a 700 square metre hall space and a directly adjacent 4-storey building unit, providing ample space for project rooms and studio apartments. Visual education, making contemporary art accessible and lovable, is an important part of their programme. Their aim is to collaborate with as many Hungarian and international institutions and galleries as possible, towards a common goal of bringing progressive thinking and artistic expression to as wide an audience as possible. The new cultural space will welcome art lovers with temporary exhibitions every 2-3 months. These are open and accessible to all. Guided tours and museum education programmes for different age groups are also organised during the exhibitions.