6 July - 16 September, 2018
The major summer exhibition that opens in the Tihany gallery of the Kovács Gábor Art Foundation seeks to represent the early golden age of Hungarian landscape painting through distinctive themes and motifs in its idealizing and romantic varieties.
The exhibits include a representative selection of mythological themes, a few castle views, and orientalist landscapes—types of works that place specific lands into a mythic or historical perspective. The landscape may serve as a backdrop to a story, or may in itself have some historical aspect. Most of the featured works are by Károly Markó the Elder, who settled in Italy, and his Hungarian students (Antal Ligeti, Károly Telepy, etc.), because these artists were responsible for establishing European standards in Hungarian landscape painting, and for creating the type of the national landscape. Open until 16 September, the exhibition was curated by art historian Péter Fertőszögi, Chair of the Board of Trustees at the Kovács Gábor Art Foundation, and Gábor Marosvölgyi, art historian of the Foundation.
22/04/2018 - 01/07/2018
Recollection is reconstruction, the rearrangement of images of times, impressions, scents, sounds, colours and textures. It is a fictitious world we assemble from the bits that are at hand—making the result to conform to our desires more and more with every recollection. István Orosz’s graphic works and Botond Polgár’s sculptures, however, manifest a different kind of mental process or practice.
Both artists rely on firm precedents that are rooted in the classical tradition of art, but the ways they arrange them in sequences are not the customary ones. On the contrary, they explore new courses of thought, and push the boundaries of memory and imagination, as they look beyond the line of horizon. István Orosz’s anamorphoses and illusionistic spaces, and Botond Polgár’s sculptures, which live in the memory in a fragmentary form, or are only half-shaped by the imagination, show not what can be imagined, but make an attempt at representing the inconceivable.
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.