|From 29 May to 24 September 2017 the Jewish Historical Museum in Amsterdam will be placing work by nineteen Hungarian avant-garde artists in the limelight. The exhibition From Fauvism to Surrealism: Jewish avant-garde artists from Hungary presents the innovative paintings of these artists from the first half of the 20th century, when the country was plagued by nationalism, Communism, and war. Most of the artworks included have never been shown in the Netherlands before.
The exhibition displays work by celebrated Hungarian artists such as Vilmos Huszár, Béla Czóbel, László Moholy-Nagy, and Lahos Tihanyi. Also on display will be Róbert Berény’s masterpiece Self-Portrait with Top Hat. Some of the artists spent part of their working lives in the Netherlands. Huszár was one of the founding members of the movement De Stijl, a hundred years ago. Czóbel was involved with the Bergen School and produced the first known portrait of the poet Adriaan Roland Holst. László Moholy-Nagy also lived and worked in the Netherlands for a few years. Some of his early works are on view here.
|Hungary provided a vibrant artistic milieu in the first half of the 20th century. The country was a magnet for artists from Eastern, Central and Western Europe, becoming a hub of countless artistic movements. Artists experimented with French Fauvism and Cubism, Italian Futurism, German Expressionism, and Soviet cinema and Constructivism.
The exhibition shows some ninety paintings that illustrate both the urge for experimentation and a range of different styles. For instance, we see Béla Kádár’s cubist landscapes, painted in the style of Chagall, and images of Budapest’s night life by Armand Schönberger, painted in the style of Italian Futurism. The artworks also capture the atmosphere of the times. Lili Ország portrays the consequences of the Holocaust in dark, grim paintings.
The works on display have been provided on loan by a range of museums and private individuals in Hungary and the Netherlands, including the Hungarian National Gallery and the Jewish Museum in Budapest. With this display of Hungarian art, the Jewish Historical Museum is continuing along the lines of earlier successful exhibitions of work by Jewish artists from Russia and avant-garde artists from Romania.
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