Suite of exhibitions celebrate the painting, photography, past and present of Hungary

06/15/16
Boca Raton Museum of Art

The Boca Raton Museum of Art presents four Hungarian exhibitions on view Oct. 18, 2016–Jan. 8, 2017

In the fall of 2016, the Boca Raton Museum of Art presents a suite of four exhibitions celebrating the art of Hungary from the turn of the century to the present. Together these exhibitions celebrate the unique character of Hungarian art and provide a fascinating visual journey through the turbulent decades leading up to the 1956 Revolution and the sixty years of repression, reform, and renewal that have since passed.

Hungarian Art: A Century of Rebellion & Revival
Hungarian Art: A Century of Rebellion & Revival features paintings from the collection of Nancy G. Brinker, former US Ambassador to Hungary, along with key loans from the private collection of Christian Sauska. József Rippl-Rónai, Béla Uitz, Sándor Bortnyik, István Farkas, István Nádler and László Fehér are just a few of the artists represented in over 70 works encompassing the exhibition. A Century of Rebellion & Revival is guest curated by Eva Forgacs, PhD, ArtCenter College of Design, Pasadena.

Hungarian Photography
In partnership with the Hungarian Museum of Photography in Budapest, the Museum presents an overview of the history of photography in Hungary with a selection of over 30 works, from the early to late twentieth century, by such photographers as André Kertész, László Moholy-Nagy, Brassaï, Robert Capa, György Lõrinczy, and others. Péter Baki, Ph.D., director of the museum, is our guest curator for the exhibition.

Sylvia Plachy: The Hungarian Connection
Sylvia Plachy was born in Budapest and emigrated at age 13 to Austria and then the US after the Hungarian revolution in 1958. Her photo essays and portraits have appeared in The New York Times, New Yorker, and Fortune, and she was staff photographer at the Village Voice. She has had six books of her work published and is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, Metropolitan Museum, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Houston Museum of Fine Arts, and other institutions. Her compatriot, the legendary photographer André Kertész, was a friend and mentor and Plachy is often called his artistic heir for her poetic street photography.

Szilárd Cseke: Gone Too Far
To bring our suite of Hungarian exhibitions up to the present, the Boca Museum’s Curator of Contemporary Art, Kathleen Goncharov, works with Szilárd Cseke, the Hungarian representative to the 2015 Venice Biennale, as he constructs an entirely new site-specific installation. Since the mid-1990s, Szilárd has been creating installations that deal with themes of migration and identity assembled from found objects and ephemeral industrial materials with moving parts and neon lighting.

The Art of Hungary is made possible by the Museum’s Exhibition Leadership Fund with major support generously provided by the Estate of Ruth Feigl, Jody H. & Martin Grass, Dalia & Duane Stiller, Lisette Model Foundation, Nancy G. Brinker, Quinnipiac University’s Central European Institute, The Hungary Initiatives Foundation, Kathy and Leslie Megyeri, and the Museum’s Friends Auxiliary. Additional support is provided in part by the City of Boca Raton; the Board of County Commissioners, the Tourist Development Council and the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County; the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture. Additional support is generously provided by our Members and Donors.

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Please contact Kelsey Johnson for interviews with Ambassador Nancy G. Brinker, Sylvia Plachy, Szilárd Cseke, Curator of Collections Marisa J. Pascucci, Curator of Contemporary Art Kathleen Goncharov, or Museum Executive Director Irvin Lippman. High-res images and captions available via Dropbox: goo.gl/Z0Mb20.