No More Secrets!

Our exhibition entitled No More Secrets! – Selection from the Art Collection of László Gerő, which was as on view at the ArtMill between 8 April and 9 September 2018, offered a representative overview of László Gerő’s carefully constructed and rich art collection. Economist and art collector László Gerő is the owner of one of the most exciting art collections in Hungary. Viennese Actionism, which represents the torments of the human body in the form of orgiastic actions, comprises the core of this broadly-arced collection. In addition to what are now regarded as classic works by Günter Brus, Rudolf Schwarzkogler and others, the collection also contains numerous pieces from the older generations as well as the young artists of today – ranging in scope from Tibor Hajas to Rita Ackermann. The exhibition showcased the most distinctive works from past decades, born of the impactful – often secret-laden – narratives of the recent past.
An online English-Hungarian catalogue of the exhibition is now available and can be accessed here.


The Kmetty Museum will soon be open to visitors again!

The newly renovated museum, located on the Main Square of Szentendre, will present the permanent exhibition entitled
János Kmetty – An Unceasing Search.

János Kmetty is regarded as a Hungarian representative of Cubism. Rather than adopting all its characteristic features, however, he formulated his own personal interpretation of Cubism, tailored to his unique painterly vision. Kmetty felt compelled to seek out both the perspectivic truths of painting and the zeitgeist of his age. In summing up his artistic program, he referred to himself as a seeker – as also alluded to by Lajos Kassák’s words: “He is constantly working, not because he had not found anything interesting and worth exploring, but because he would like to bring into being something even more significant.”

To provide a more comprehensive overview of the oeuvre, the works from the collection of the Ferenczy Museum Center are supplemented by rarely seen masterpieces on loan from private and public Hungarian collections. The exhibition is periodically rearranged in order to reflect the latest research developments.

Since the foundation of the Kmetty Museum in 1981, this has been the first major renovation, as a result of which an exhibition space of international European standards has been created. The renovation project has been supported by the Kubinyi Program (which aids and facilitates the development of museums in Hungary) and the Municipality of the City of Szentendre.

The dedication of the renovated building, along with the opening of the exhibition János Kmetty – An Unceasing Search, will take place on 8 December 2018, at 6:00 pm.


We are reorganizing the exhibition showcasing Margit Kovács’s œuvre

The collection housed in the museum named after Margit Kovács – which has been one of Szentendre’s most popular destination for museum goers since its opening in 1973 – presents the Kossuth Prize-winning ceramic artist’s œuvre. The material presented here has been donated to the Museum in 1972 by the artist herself, who is regarded as a true innovator of Hungarian ceramic art. The majority of the over three hundred works on display, which span Margit Kovács’s entire life’s work, are figural compositions. The material, which was showcased in an unchanged manner for many years, will now be reorganized; in the spring of 2019, it will be presented to visitors in accordance with a new curatorial concept.


“There should be an exhibition after all…”

The career of Júlia Vajda (1913–1982) started in the middle of the 1930s, when she was closely associated with Lajos Vajda, Dezső Korniss and Endre Bálint, and finished in the 1970s, when she was an enthusiastic and acknowledged fellow traveller of the young artists of the neo-avant-garde. History was not easy on those who lived during this period of almost five decades: the precariousness of life during the war and the Holocaust was followed by the professional marginalization or suppression that was the lot of modernist artists in “the fifties.” To varying degrees, the artistic milieu had always been, and continued to be inauspicious. The setbacks of the scene were followed by new starts, revivals: the war was followed by the wonderful period of the European School (1945–1948), and the atmosphere and intellectual effervescence of the West in the 1960s would also filter through to Hungary. As was the case with her contemporaries, Júlia Vajda’s career was marked by a succession of involuntary halts and optimistic advances and an unparalleled vibrancy that was powered by an abiding youthfulness that kept her in sync with the times.
The exhibition is curated by Noémi Szabó and György Petőcz. Official opening is at 5 p.m. on 10 November at the Ceremonial Room of Szentendre Municipal Office.