30 June - 10 September
József Egry (1883–1951) discovered the scenery of Lake Balaton in the 1920s. Lake Balaton’s wide spaces, light-filled atmosphere, the play of light and air, simultaneously made him aware of the pure power of light, luminous colours and the presence of a cosmic world order.
The land in Egry’s paintings is not a form but an energy, with humans as integral parts of the view. His works are informed by this organic approach to the scenery, man’s direct connection to nature, the cosmic dimension of life; they find the perfect context to be displayed in when they are exhibited in Tihany, a scene that bonds mountain, water and sky, a place imbued with history and a spiritual tradition it exudes to this day. The effect of Lake Balaton and the Inner Lakes is particularly keen in Tihany, with the water surfaces etching their undulating pattern into the scenery, or reflecting it in their smoothness, slivering the light and scattering its shards.
Selected from the rich material of the KOGART collections, our permanent exhibition presents the art of one of the greatest sculptors of the 20th century, Miklós Borsos (1906–1990), who spent all his summers in Tihany from 1943.
He was not only fond of music, but played the violin himself. It is not difficult to see his sculptural work as a well-balanced, harmonic musical piece, a composition perfect in form and thought, in which every note and bar has its own character, but is also at the service of the score as a whole.