SILENT, DREAMING GARDENS – Jenő Paizs Goebel


Welcome speech by: Gábor Gulyás museum director
The exhibition will be opened by:
Krisztina Tóth poet

Location: Szentendre Gallery

The exhibition is open: from 1st March 2018 to 6th May 2018 from Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm.
 
For further information about the exhibition click here!
 

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OPENING A WAY TO FREEDOM


Béni Ferenczy (1890–1967) was the sculptor in the eponymous dynasty of artists and one of the most outstanding masters of 20th-century Hungarian sculpture. Throughout his life, even in periods of adversity, he remained faithful to the values represented by all artists in the family, showed respect, humility and commitment towards work.

He grew up in Nagybánya (Baia Mare, Romania) with his brother, the painter and graphic artist Valér, and his sister, Noémi, who breathed a new life into Hungarian tapestry art. Their parents, Károly Ferenczy, the most respected founder of the Nagybánya artist colony, and Olga Fialka, who studied to be a painter, ensured that their children’s education was extensive, and that they visited the major centres of European culture. In a like vein, they instilled their children with a sensitivity towards social problems, which later led Béni to take an active part in the Hungarian Soviet Republic. As a consequence, he had to live in emigration for years.

While learning to master the intricacies of classical sculpture, Ferenczy was not left unimpressed by the avant-garde, and was most influenced during the first decades by Cubism and Expressionism. From the 1930s, he put his knowledge to use to make well-balanced sculptures of monumental effect that are informed by a respect for humanity, as well as medals, and especially beautiful graphic works. The personal tragedy he experienced in November 1956 set back his art for only a short time. Though he was paralyzed on the right side of his body, the desire to create was so strong he slowly learned to draw, and then even to model, with his left hand. It became particularly true of these years that art not only connected him with reality, but also meant a way of life and freedom for him. This was also why several writers and poets looked upon him as a model, and subsequent generations of sculptors consider him a trendsetting master.

Curator: Emőke Bodonyi

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SWINDLERS DREAM TOO


Éva Magyarósi (1981) is an animation film director, artist, sets designer; she also teaches. Collage films, pencil drawings, photographs, public space installations, theater and movie sets are connected to her name. Her first poetry book was published when she was a teenager, and her art’s starting point is still the screenplay-like composition of stories. When she draws, she pictures the object as a film frame of a motion picture part of the movie, as an element of a story the starting point of which is the artist’s own narrative. Her works tell the secrets of the female soul, about loneliness, about the body and about emotions presenting them as polyphonic stories of the situations experienced.
 

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NOVI SAD ORPHEUSES – Új Symposion, the Vojvodina journal (1965–1992)


The Ferenczy Museum Center cordially invites you and your partner to the opening of the exhibition, Novi Sad Orpheuses – Új Symposion, the Vojvodina journal (1965–1992), to be held at 5 pm on 10th February 2018.
 
Welcome speech by: Gábor Gulyás Museum Director

The exhibition will be opened by: Viktória Radics, author, translator and critic, former editor of Új Symposion
Music: Göncölszekér Együttes

 

Location: Ferenczy Museum, Barcsay hall and Alapító Nyolcak hall

The exhibition will be on view between the 11th February 2018 to the 29th April, from Tuesday to Sunday, between 10 am and 6 pm.

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SILENT, DREAMING GARDENS


Jenő Paizs Goebel is a prominent figure of early 20th century Hungarian art. Having started out as a glass painter, he also used vibrant colours on his canvases and drew a great deal of inspiration from István Szőnyi’s neo-classicist paintings. As a young man, following in the footsteps of László Paál, he travelled to Barbizon, where he was influenced by a Rousseauian cult of nature and a representation of the landscape as a state of the soul: during this time, nature as a personal experience – the gnarls of trees, the peculiar, overcast light conditions of the sky, and the stretched out, flat fields by Fontainebleau Forest – comprised the themes of his paintings. After learning about the painting traditions of Barbizon, he spent time in Paris, where his repertoire of skills was further expanded by the clear logic of Cézanne’s visual compositions. After Nagybánya/Baia Mare, he arrived in Szentendre, a city along the Danube with which, as of 1926, the name Jenő Paizs Goebel became inextricably intertwined. He had a prominent role in the establishment of the Szentendre Art Colony and the Society of Szentendre Painters. For Paizs Goebel, this small city became the Hungarian Barbizon, the new Baia Mare – the scene of free self-expression, and the more dissolved forms and colours that characterized his inner world of dreams and landscapes of the soul.

The exhibition primarily focuses on the painter’s perception of nature and landscape, as well as the capacity for self-reflection that lies therein. Paizs Goebel’s paintings reflect the peculiar relationship between the human being and nature, as well as the inherent connections between reality and a world of dreams released in a flood of rich colours. The variedly formulated intimate soulscapes and personal self-portraits that are threaded through his oeuvre form a kind of silent, dreaming garden – creating one of the most fascinating visual worlds in Hungarian painting.
 
Curator: Zsuzsa Iberhalt

 


 

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