February 20 - September 4, 2005. - 300 Somerset Street, New Brunswick, NJ

Museum of the American Hungarian Foundation

CALM BETWEEN THE STORMS

István Szőnyi and Hungarian Art Between the World Wars

Works from the Salgo Trust for Education
and the Michael Szarvasy
Collection, NYC

CELEBRATING THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE AMERICAN HUNGARIAN FOUNDATION

Photos: Gabriella Győrffy

Dr. Oliver Botar, curator of the exhibition

Prof. August J. Molnar, President of Hungarian American Foundation

Patricia Fazekas, curator of the Museum of the American
Hungarian Foundation and co-producer of the exhibition

Michael Szarvasy of the Hungarian Art Foundation participated
as advisor and lent several works from his collection

Ms. Christina Salgo, daughter of Nicolas Salgo

Patricia Fazekas and Evelyn Domján, artist, author of several books,
life-long partner in the arts and wife of József Domján, master of the color woodcut

Michael Szarvasy, Patricia Fazekas, Dr. Mickey Salgo (Nicolas Salgo's son),
Dr. Oliver Botar, Christina Salgo, Evelyn Domján., Prof. August J. Molnar


Over the past twenty years, Ambassador Nicolas Salgo has assembled one o f the most important collections of Hungarian art to be found outside of Hungary. It is now part of the Salgo Trust for Education and is housed at Mille Fleurs, a gracious former Guggenheim mansion near Port Washington, Long Island. In accordance with the Trust’s mandate to make this remarkable collection available to a larger public, the American-Hungarian Foundation is sponsoring an exhibition of Hungarian Art produced between the two World Wars of the 20th century. The show is comprised of some 80 paintings and works on paper that reflect the general inward-turning tendency of the period in Hungary. Themes such as the Hungarian landscape, the peasantry, village life, religion, mythology and images of women are represented. Included in the show are works by important artists such as István Szőnyi (the featured artist of the show), Béla Uitz, Vilmos Aba-Novák, Béla Kádár, József Rippl-Ronai, János Vaszary, Béla Czóbel and István Csók. The show, curated by Dr. Oliver Botar, celebrates the 50th anniversary of the American-Hungarian Foundation and is a unique opportunity to see outstanding works by artists rarely seen in this country.

"Calm Between the Storms: István Szőnyi and Hungarian Art Between the World Wars" is curated by Oliver I.A. Botar and produced in conjunction with Patricia Fazekas, Curator of the American-Hungarian Foundation, and Eileen Baral of the Salgo Trust for Education.

Dr. Oliver Botar is associate professor of Art History at the University of Manitoba, Canada, and he curates the collection of Hungarian fine art in the Salgo Trust. He received his Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Toronto, and has published, lectured and organized exhibitions on Hungarian, Canadian, and Central European art and architecture.

For more information about the show please contact:
Patricia Fazekas
Museum of the American Hungarian Foundation
300 Somerset St.
New Brunswick, NJ 08903
Phone: 732-846-5777
email: info@ahfoundation.org

Source: Exhibition Press Release


After the opening Dr. Botar gave an inspiring tour of the exhibition

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The centerpiece of Calm Between the Storms:
István Szőnyi: The Harvest - Aratás

In 1939 the IBM Corporation maintained business contacts with 79 countries around the world. The first corporate art collection was formed by acquiring two paintings from each of the 79 countries and exhibited simultaneously at the New York and San Francisco World Fairs. The Harvest by Szőnyi represented Hungary in San Francisco, while a painting by Oscar Glatz was exhibited in New York. Last year the Salgo Trust acquired The Harvest from a New York private collection.

Dr. Miklós Érdy at the showcase containing original exhibit catalogues from the Hungarian Pavilion of the 1937 Paris International Exposition and the 1939 San Francisco Golden Gate Exposition IBM Pavilion...

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...as well as a vintage phototograph of Szőnyi with his mural The Harvest
(M. Szarvasy Collection and Archives, NYC)

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Below see a selection from the 80 works on exhibit just to inspire
you to visit the Museum of the American Hungarian Foundation
Note: neither color nor proportions can be reproduced with these photographs,
please visit the exhibition to enjoy original, true art

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Béla Uitz: "Nursing Mother" and "Bathers"

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Béla Uitz: "Head of a Boy in Profile"
István Szőnyi: Portrait of Melinda Bartóky
(Melinda Bartóky became the artist's wife in 1924)

The Rural Scene

Grouping One - Labours:

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Oszkár Glatz: "Sheafbinders"

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István Ilosvai Varga:
"Man with a hoe on the banks of the Bükkös, Szentendre"

Grouping Two - The Rural Scene:

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Vilmos Aba-Novák: Study for Felsőbánya

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Lajos Kunffy: "Winter Scene at Somogytúr"

Grouping Three - Leisure:

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Béla Iványi-Grünwald: The Painter

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Vilmos Aba-Novák: "Fair in Csík County, Transylvania"

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Images of Women
Depicting Others - Depicting Ourselves:

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Erzsébet Korb: "Portrait of a Young Blonde Woman"
(This may be a self-portrait)

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József Rippl-Rónai: Portrait of Mrs. Géza Papp

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Eszter Mattioni: "Peasant Girl at the Spinning Wheel"

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Back to the Church - Religious Art Between the Wars:

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László Rozgony: "Annunciation"

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Pál C. Molnár: "Flight into Egypt with Italian Peasant Family"

Szép Itália - Visits to the South:

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Still Lifes - Calm Nerves:

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Dávid Jándi: "Still Life with Red Peppers"
Armand Schönberger: "Still Life with Pitcher"

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Béla Czóbel: "Still Life with Vase of Flowers"
Móric Gábor: "Still Life with Red tulip and Three Vases"

The Mythical Past:

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Gyula Rudnay: "Scene with Grape Harvest and Dancing"

Between the Woods and the Water - Landscapes:

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István Csók: Balaton

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Oszkár Glatz: Buják Landscape

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József Egry: Hillside at Badacsony

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László Rozgonyi: "Trees"
Light Between Green Trunks"

Some works form the Michael Szarvasy Collection, NYC:

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István Szőnyi: Self-Portrait

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Gyula Derkovits: Summer

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János Kmetty: Concert

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János Kmetty: Removal from the Cross


Related links:

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