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.
"Like a tree that runs its roots deep so as to be able to outgrow its peers in the forest, this outstanding figure of 20thcenturyHungarian art was profoundly attached to the universal values of humanity, the world of the Bible and Christian culture, Greco–Roman mythology, the humanism of the Renaissance and its praise of the mind, to music and to nature.
His schooling was not formal, he did not attend academies of art. Wandering around the streets of Nagyszeben (Sibiu), he watched for hours on end the work of stonemasons and goldsmiths. He learned the essential tricks of their trades by watching, almost subconsciously. He later "enrolled" in the oldest, and to this day best, "academy" known to art history, when he spent a long time in Italy, and then travelled on foot along the coastal region of the Mediterranean Sea, from Marseilles to Venice. In the great museums of Europe, the galleries and churches of Florence, he honed his knowledge on the ancient sculpture of Egypt and Greece, the work of later masters like Masaccio, Leonardo, Michelangelo, Dürer, Rembrandt and Rodin. At the same time, he also became familiar with the major trends of contemporary painting and sculpture. In addition to Picasso, Brâncuşi and Henry Moore, his interest was stimulated mostly by the work of László Mednyánszky, Lajos Gulácsy, József Egry, Gyula Derkovits, Jenő Barcsay, Fülöp Beck Ö., Ferenc Medgyessy and Pál Pátzay.
Beside visual artists, he soon became acquainted or friends with some of the nation's best writers, poets, composers and other intellectuals, whose writings, music and ideas became integral parts of his own artistic world."