Bálint Házi meghívó / Invitation from Balint Community Center




Thury Levente gólemkészítő beismerő vallomást tesz önmagáról. Kiállítás a Bálint Közösségi Házban. 1996. Meghívó.Thury Levente gólemkészítő beismerő vallomást tesz önmagáról. Kiállítás a Bálint Közösségi Házban. 1996. Meghívó.
Levente Thury, golem-maker, makes a confession. Exhibition in the Bálint Community Centre. 1996. Invitation.


Thury Levente gólemkészítő beismerő vallomást tesz önmagáról. Kiállítás a Bálint Közösségi Házban. 1996. Meghívó.Thury Levente gólemkészítő beismerő vallomást tesz önmagáról. Kiállítás a Bálint Közösségi Házban. 1996. Meghívó.
Levente Thury, golem-maker, makes a confession. Exhibition in the Bálint Community Centre. 1996. Invitation.



thury levente golemmaker
makes a full confession on himself
with the title
E-G-O-L-E-M

in Bálint Jewish Community Center Budapest, VI. Révay str. 16.
between May 25 and June 25 every day except Saturday

At the exhibition there are only golems which were prepared long time ago, but here and now things hang on them which have, shyly and ordinarily, been in the head and memory storage units of the creator.
The creator now - we don't know why - found a chance to put his stored memories in any kind of witch balls formed by twigs, rolled by desert winds, into golems that belong to them and to make comments on them.
The golemmaker, instead of calling himself "I" (as in Hungarian or Jewish) or "we" (royal, Stalinist or Rákosist plural), calls himself "he" (like writers, officers, children, Torgyán, insane people) in the following texts.
- The memorial of Jakov Frank - a Jew making pogroms from whom the saying "the worse the better" comes from, and Sabbatai C'vi, the pseudo-messiah who became a Muslim.
- The words he heard all over the place. He recognizes all of them, but if he is asked, he would not find them according to their tellers.
- The apron of her mother in which she cooked, her table cloth she put the food on, his child-cup in which he got his white coffee, the beret in which his father masked himself working-class, his uniform hat from Toldi High School which he only put on at the gate of the school, his undercloth from the time when he was not a cowboy yet. Some frames with which he should keep his memories together.
- One-minute things for which he had to bend down here and there on the streets, mainly at the time of junk-clearances, and which interests him more than Mariahilferstrasses.
- Further things which he has spoiled or used up before, a plank from which he should have made something because it was nice and because in the pile of junks it carried the Communist membership card of the social democrat Elemér Chrudinák, a tram-conductor from 1948.
- He remembers Bricks, the great English train robber, and the great leaders who sometimes, as they say, suspended their morals for the sake of an idea.
- Landscapes seen from windows and then left behind, pictures and sentences from books, orders and wishes he agreed or disagreed. The written warning of form-master József Antall (who always stood up for the kids), a lost passport with the traces of border-crossings, his membership card for the Communist Youth Organization, which was a must for entering the college, and a bank account number in München under his name.
- The bag and photos of his grandmother (who resembled Brigitte Bardot) and her glasses, with which she read Victor Hugo when she was ninety, and in which he can still smell the garlic smell of the flat of he old lady, the garlic she ate against heart-problems. And the photo of his three-year-old father: a little boy in a skirt, as it was a habit those days.
- The knitted hat made by his aunt from remaining knitting wool which identifies him with the black guys being outside the society, the soil from the Carmel Mountains in Jerusalem from his uncle in order to put it under his head in the coffin, a little soil from the family cemetery in Auschwitz and Nyírderzs.
Moreover, the golemmaker announces that he intends to create more golems which would serve for holding or which shall animate the enormous pile of mementos he keeps with extra care, as they constitute a large part of his personality.
Later on.
Levente Thury