“There should be an exhibition after all…”

– Júlia Vajda exhibition at Szentendre Gallery


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.
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