If you think you've seen it all in Budapest, there is a suggestion for you. Take a look at 'Alternative Budapest' photo exhibition by KoPé from 20 May to 30 June at Courtyard by Marriott Hotel Budapest.
The photo series ‘Alternative Budapest' by Péter Kovács (a.k.a KoPé) is strung on a unified concept: he enriches the main characteristic objects of our beloved city with elements of imagination. The collection is truly reinforces the philosophy that there is no dull place or moment. KoPé fills Budapest with monsters, super heroes, stars, strange natural phenomena, crossing the boundaries of imagination. Or sometimes just draw attention to some of the existing, but often almost absurd phenomenon in our city. The result is amazing anyway.
The artist is working as graphic designer, finds out and implements the Alternative Budapest in his spare time. Originally, he began to publish his works of the amended city pictures on Instagram, but soon these pictures became so popular, that nowadays exhibitions are organized to show them.
To the question of how to get inspired, KoPé told that sometimes he’s just see something interesting walking down the street, while other times he is looking for a scene for an existing topic.
Looking at the pictures it seems there’s a lot of inspiration from movies, especially disaster films. But why are people so interested in scenes that contain destroyed their own city? According to KoPé maybe it's because we have seen countless times already as in New York or another big city happens something special, but these incidents would be fairly uncommon in Budapest. So on his photos the typical monuments of our capital are supplemented with elements of imagination, sometimes cinematic, sometimes iconic motifs. The Gellért Hill erupts, a meteorite impacts to the Basilica, the Beatles walking across the crosswalk in front of the Eastern Railway Station. There are monkeys, horses and jellyfishes in the city, we can boat in the Castle and a statue is built for the Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst.
His pictures remind me of those mind-breakers when you had to figure out what's wrong with the picture. And the thing is that everything is in place. Although not the reality, but it could be. And this is the real added value. That is what makes these images different from the millions of instagram and photoshop-made pictures. This is what makes it worth to exhibit and worth checking out. This exhibition shows what is or what could be the city we live in.
If you desire something different, something new, you should definitely pop in to the Marriott Hotel on Blaha Lujza square until 30 June and discover Péter “KoPé” Kovács’ alternative reality of Budapest!