Hungarian Orange
Budapest, 23.10.2012
Hungarian Orange
Filmstill of the original movie "A Tanu" (The Witness) from Peter Bacso (1969) to which the parody of the Hungarian Orange refers. The Hungarian Orange became the logo of the oppositional party Fidesz in 1989 in the shape of an orange circle. In 2012 Fidesz formed the majority in parliament and we intervened with the symbolism of the hungarian orange again.
Hungarian Orange
The inflatable "Hungarian Orange" got pierced within 30 seconds after entering the government supported march. The text "Its a bit more yellow a bit more sour, but it´s ours.." is from the film "A Tanu" (The Witness).
Hungarian Orange
Intervention with the inflatable "Hungarian Orange" at the 6 o clock state television live broadcast about the oppositional demonstration Milla.


Size: 500 x 350 x 350 m Material: Foil, double sided tape, drinking bottle.

Object created during a workshop of Tools for Action together with Lena Ures and artists and activists in Budapest in collaboration with Müszi - Müvészeti Program and Milla - One Million for Freedom of Press.

Video: 2:46
edit by Artúr van Balen

On 23.10.2012 government supporters of the right conservative party Fidesz and opposition flood the streets in Budapest to commemorate the revolution against the Soviet Union in 1956. For the occasion artists and activists built a 5 meter inflatable lemon, that intervened at the pro-government demonstration of Fidesz. The object provoked violent reactions of the government supporters.

The object's name refers to an attempt in communist times to cultivate oranges in Hungary. As the climate is not suitable for subtropical fruits the mission failed. The mission was parodied in the movie “A Tanu” (The Witness) of Péter Bacso in 1969 and became a symbol for expressing the gap between the sweet party propaganda and the daily sour reality of socialist life. As the leading right-conservative party Fidesz has an orange circle as its logo, the sour “Hungarian Orange” is now commonly associated with the party politics of Fidesz.