Memory of Love

Sam Havadtoy was born to Hungarian parents in London in 1952. His family moved back to Budapest in the summer of 1956, from where, as a 19-year-old, he escaped through Yugoslavia and returned to London. Having then settled in New York City, he was soon living and working in the centre of the progressive art scene of the seventies and eighties, in the proximity of such prominent artists as Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, Agnes Martin and Robert Rauschenberg. Havadtoy, who was in increasingly high demand as an interior designer, gradually shifted his focus towards fine art, and, in the early eighties, began creating his paintings. While his art – which showed increasing diversity in terms of genres – reflects the influence of American abstract geometrism, pop art, and conceptual art, there is also a palpable sense of the airless scarcity that characterized the experience of the artist’s youth spent in Hungary.

The majority of the showcased works are exhibited for the first time. The latest works created in Havadtoy’s Szentendre studio also fall in line with the artist’s “lacework” series, which has by now become his trademark. The exhibition features a series that began with the transformation of a delicately thin Hungarian lace glove, as well as Walt Disney and Modigliani paraphrases and a miniature bronze version of the iconic Fiat 500. While all appears to be overrun by, and covered in, lace, the silenced, discrete presence of the created objects, as well as of the artist’s confessions and stories inherited in the form of lace, shine through the carefully laid layers and diversely structured gaps.



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.



Forest Hideout, Róbert Csíkszentmihályi’s exhibition will open on Friday, 8th December at 5 pm at Ferenczy Museum.

Welcome speech by: Gábor Gulyás,
director of Ferenczy Museum Center

Opening speech by: Dorottya Gyürk,
Szentendre’s Deputy Mayor for Culture

The exhibition will be opened by:
Péter Gothár film director

Musical contribution:
Dorottya Richter, viola da gamba
Márk Miskolczi, contrabass

Curator of the exhibition:
Katalin Kopin art historian

Photographer Dániel Kovalovszky‘s Green Silence photo series will also be displayed at the exhibition.