Ani Molnár Gallery, established in 2009 by Annamária Molnár, developed a high international profile and is one of the most active galleries in Budapest. Its emphasis lays on the international representation of Hungarian and foreign artists, mainly from the CEE region. The gallery predominantly works with well-established artists, but also considers its mission to be the support of emerging artists from younger generations.
The artists represented by the gallery rely on a big variety of media, such as installations, painting, photography, new media and video art. Based on the curatorial concept, the gallery organises exhibitions bimonthly with artworks that reflect current and relevant ideas. Facilitated by the international and generational diversity of its artists, the gallery aims to encourage a discussion on contemporary cultural, social and political issues.
The gallery represents highly acclaimed Hungarian and foreign artists who regularly exhibit on major international art events like the Venice, Sao Paolo, Liverpool, Turku, Bucharest, Moscow or Lyon Biennale, but also the Manifesta and Ars Electronica. Moreover, the works of the artists can be found in the private and public collections of prestigious international and domestic institutions, such as the MoMA in New York, the Getty Museum in Los Angeles, the Parisian Pompidou, the Spanish MUSAC and MACBA, the Estonian KUMU, as well as in the collection of the Hungarian National Gallery and Ludwig Museum.
With the goal of making contemporary art more accessible to wider audiences, Ani Molnár Gallery organises public space exhibitions as well. From 2007 to 2014, a contemporary non-profit exhibition series was organised at Park Gallery located within MOM Park. Curated by Ani Molnár, the monumental and site-specific installation works of prominent Hungarian contemporary artists were displayed. For this project the gallery received the Summa Artium Award for the Project of the Year in 2009.
From the very beginning, Ani Molnár Gallery has aimed to establish a close relationship with the international art scene, since one of the prior goals of the gallery is the international integration of the Hungarian contemporary art. Hence, the gallery has been representing artists at international art fairs too. Since 2011 the gallery regularly participates on the viennacontemporary, and since 2012 on the Turin Artissima as the first Hungarian gallery. Ani Molnár Gallery was also the first Hungarian gallery to partake on the Armony Show in New York in 2014 and 2015. In 2021 it is the gallery’s fourth time to exhibit on ARCOmadrid, and the seventh on Art Brussels.
In 2013 Ani Molnár Gallery was the first Eastern European gallery to receive the F.E.A.G.A. Innovation and Creativity Award in Basel. At Artissima 2017, in the representation of Ani Molnár Gallery Sári Ember’s installation has won the Campari Award for young artists, which provided the artist with the opportunity of a solo exhibition at the Galleria Campari in Milan. In 2018 the video entitled ‘Venom’ by Péter Forgács received the Acquisition Award 2018 at LOOP Barcelona and thus was included in the LOOP collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona (MACBA). In 2019 Sári Ember received the Leopold Bloom Art Award. 5 of Ani Molnár Gallery’s artist represented Hungary, and 4 artists represented other countries at the Venice Biennale.
Between 2011 and 2014, Annamária Molnár was the president of The Association of Hungarian Contemporary Art Galleries, and from 2014 to 2016 she was actively involved in the management board of Talking Galleries. Similarly, she has been a board member of the F.E.A.G.A. ever since 2017.