press release

This installation, created by the London-based Hungarian artist, Balázs Kicsiny, is inspired by London's Great Fire of 1666.

The artist has created an environment that he describes as a “cabin of anxiety.” Falling curtains and glowing red windows create a claustrophobic atmosphere in which he has positioned two central statues representing London firemen. The figures are resting on either side of a pair of bullion scales and suggest a tenuous balance. If either one of them moves, the equilibrium will collapse. Kicsiny has related this fragile balance to the space in-between catastrophes, something that could be broken at any moment.

The installation has a particular relevance today but also makes us consider London’s past, and how fire and calamity have shaped the city.

"The origin of the installation came from the story of the Great Fire of London... the artwork's main subject is the great city's continual threat from a forthcoming catastrophe... a metaphor... which attempts to create a psychological space expressing this anxiety." Balázs Kicsiny

Balázs Kicsiny is a Hungarian artist living in London. His Museum of London installation is a continuation of the work he has done for major one-man exhibitions, including Winchester Cathedral, the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery in Bournemouth, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Ludwig Museum and the Municipal Picture Gallery in Budapest.

He is represented in a wide range of public collections in Britain and Hungary, and also in the Albertina in Vienna, and has received awards in Hungary and in France (Special Jury Prize at the international sculpture exhibition in Voiron).

This exhibition is part of Magyar Magic – Hungary in Focus 2004, a year-long celebration of Hungarian culture in the UK.


Balazs Kicsiny: Waiting for Fire