The painter Gyula Kandó (1908–1968) and his wife, photographer Ata Kandó (1913–2017) had an adventurous life and a heartfelt relationship. The two passionate artists had three children. They got attached to Szentendre through their friend Endre Bálint. As a result, Gyula Kandó lived for almost ten years in the city.
According to his wife, if Gyula Kandó hadn’t had returned to Hungary, he would have become a world-famous abstract painter, just like Kandinsky or Paul Klee. Thanks to her, the Ferenczy Museum Centre’s collection of Gyula Kandó’s works – together with an other part of the legacy, which has already earlier been deposed in the museum – now encompasses several hundred pieces. Gyula Kandó’s paintings are represented in the Hungarian National Gallery, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, as well as private collections. To this exhibition, actor Gábor Nagy has lent paintings.
Ata Kandó (born as Etelka Görög in Budapest, Hungary) had a similarly interesting life and remained active well over the age of 100. She died shortly before her 104th birthday in September 2017. Her career connected her to many of the iconic figures of photography. In Paris, for example, she was assistant and protégé to Robert Capa. After his husband left Paris, she earned her and her children’s living by herself, working as fashion photographer and publishing the photographs that she made during her travels around the world. Her photographs are represented in private and public collections as well. The Hungarian National Museum holds her photos of the 1956 revolution. For the current exhibition, the Museum for Hungarian Photography in Kecskemét has lent 13 vintage photographs. Her kind and charming personality are reflected in the exhibited works.
As a special feature to the exhibition, paintings by Endre Bálint demonstrate the evolution of Gyula Kandó’s artistic attitude. Also on display is a series of abstract erotic graphics, formerly not shown to the public, and some excellent photographs that he has made of his wife.
The latest exhibition in the series of outstanding artists from the collection of Ferenczy Museum Centre is to showcase their works.