Reconsidered and unknown works at the Czóbel Museum

– season three in the spirit of expressionism


The exhibition Czóbel Reconsidered 3.0 on view all year round at the Czóbel Museum also features works that have never been seen before in Hungary and are completely unknown in Europe. This time around, the exhibition focuses on Béla Czóbel’s connection to German expressionism, during his Berlin period (1919—1925). The showcased material includes a work that was last exhibited in Hungary in 1971, and since then has been adorning the walls of the Centre Pompidou, as well as numerous paintings uncovered by Hungarian art literature, which has arrived from the Buchheim Museum in Germany. And, while his work entitled Windmill in Bergen, painted in the Netherlands in 1917, has been part of the FMC Collection for quite some time, no one has bothered to turn it over and look: the reverse side of the canvas contains a detail of what is presumably a Vilmos Huszár painting. Czóbel painted his A Corner of the Studio on a similarly recycled canvas – but that is all that will be revealed for now. Light will be shed on other secrets as well: visitors will find out which works, regarded by Czóbel as a source of inspiration, did he reproduce (in manner similar to his fellow painters of The Eight) and which portrait did he reject, completely covering it up in paint. An unusually large-size plein air study from 1904, from the Baia Mare period, constitutes an especially lucky find. This masterpiece painted in vibrant colours was tucked away in a foreign art collection and it was two weeks before the opening of the exhibition that the collector got in touch with the curator, Gergely Barki. In addition to these special pieces, we can also see pictures of everyday life; our favourite is the photo of the naughty-faced artist and his model, sprawled on the sofa wearing nothing but a satisfied smile.

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