The exhibition has been extended an extra week due to its popularity:
September 20 - November 12, 2005
Art Gallery of The Graduate Center, CUNY
365 Fifth Avenue at 34th Street, NYC
Gallery Hours: Tuesdays – Saturdays, 12:00 - 6:00 PM

Hungarian Modernist

Photos: Courtesy of the István Farkas Foundation
Photographer: Gabriella Gyorffy

A rare opportunity to see this extraordinary group of 50 paintings, water-colors and drawings by István Farkas (1887-1944).

"Between the two world wars, István Farkas created a remarkable body of work which today is largely unknown. Much of the acclaim he received from 1926 through 1932 as a prominent figure in the École de Paris was forgotten after his departure from that city, and upon his return to Budapest, he did not participate in contemporaneous groups or movements. Compelled to assume responsibility for his family's publishing company, he had limited time for making art. Nonetheless, Farkas forged a deeply personal and symbolic visual language during this difficult and ultimately tragic period."

Expert from the Foreword by Diane Kelder, Curator

Vilma in Pink Hat, 1923

"Correspondences", a series of lithographs, were published in
Paris, for which André Salmon wrote poems in prose, 1928

Two Self-Portraits, 1928-29, Black Woman, 1930

Black Women, 1931

Drunk Poet and his Mother, 1932

Szigliget, 1937

On the Seashore, 1937

The Márkuses with Barcsay, 1938

Woman at the Window, 1939


Erika Koncz, Deputy State Secretary, Ministry of Cultural Heritage, Hungary

After greetings by William Kelly, President of The Graduate Center, CUNY
and an introduction by Diane Kelder, Curator;
Ms. Koncz expressed her enthusiasm for the exhibition as a great opportunity
to share Farkas’s work and continue rediscovering his once forgotten art

Charles Farkas, son of István Farkas, a sculptor himself...

...his wife and niece were among the guests

Diane Kelder, Curator of the István Farkas Exhibition

"First and foremost, we are indebted to Charles Farkas and the members of his family for lending so many works, for securing critical loans from the Kecskemét Museum (home of a permanent István Farkas Exhibition), and for involving the American Friends of the István Farkas Foundation in the organization of this exhibition." states Ms. Kelder in the catalogue. She also expresses gratitude for the "enthusiasm and knowledge of Janos Gat, for the support of the Hungarian Ministry of National Cultural Heritage, Malev Hungarian Airlines, and the Consulate General of Hungary, Katalin S. Nagy, Peter Fitz and Peter Mattyasovszky" among others.

Charles Farkas and Erika Koncz

Peter Fitz, Director of the Museum Kiscell, Michael Szarvasy (Hungarian Art Foundation) and Janos Gat, owner of lots of exhibited paintings
(Janos Gat Gallery, NY) standing in front of:

Lights (Chestnut Roasters), 1941

The painting belonged to Gizi Bajor, the great Hungarian actress.
Via collaboration of Mr. Szarvasy, Mr. Gat and as a gift of the
most recent owner Ms. Carol A. Ross, now it is on permanent
exhibition at The Jewish Museum, New York

v. Imre Pakh, art collector, Michael Szarvasy, Erika Koncz, Jakab László
Orsós, Director of the Hungarian Cultural Center, NY, and György Szotyori