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An Unknown Oeuvre – István Szita’s exhibition at Resident Art Budapest Gallery [photo gallery]

Friday June 30th, 2017

Only a few people might be familiar with István Szita’s art, which is not too surprising, if one has read his life story. The young István Szita, who was dedicated to choosing the profession of an artist from his early childhood, was admitted to the College of Arts, but due to his religious ambitions could not begin his studies, even with the recommendation of master Barcsay. But, as a consequence […]

Only a few people might be familiar with István Szita’s art, which is not too surprising, if one has read his life story. The young István Szita, who was dedicated to choosing the profession of an artist from his early childhood, was admitted to the College of Arts, but due to his religious ambitions could not begin his studies, even with the recommendation of master Barcsay. But, as a consequence of an open conflict with the bishop, his religious career soon crashed, and he could never return to the profession of a clergyman. Afterwards, he was occupied as a laborer, while he continuously worked as an artist on the side, always completely excluding the public. His paintings, which were inspired by intensive experimentations, the art school of István Szőnyi in Zebegény and international influences, can be clearly divided into two groups.

 

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His religious paintings are mainly characterised by naive, narrative and mostly unoriginal art, but they constitute a unified world, which is definitely worth introducing.

In parallel with this, István Szita developed a completely autonomous, colourful and non-figurative painting style, which ignores expectations, and the pieces of which remained only in the artist’s studio for many long years. As a result of that continuous work, an unknown heritage of nearly 2,500 paintings is waiting to be introduced. For our current exhibition, we selected some pieces from this unknown part of his oeuvre – none of the pictures have ever been presented for an audience. So, the exhibition is a posthumous introduction and also a retrospective exhibition.

The two main motifs in his art are absence and the arrangement of accidentally developing forms into colour harmonies and plane compositions. In this non-figurative world of paintings, in which all kinds of publicity were foregone, he could unfold his desire for freedom, which could not evolve in reality, but which continuously found its way into István Szita’s life – mainly through his paintings. Similarly to some artists of the European School, István Szita painted only for himself throughout the decades. In his style, the influence of paintings in the European School can be discovered. His pictures, which are based on pure colour surfaces, reveal the impact of the colours and shapes of Árpád Illés. The evolution of this freedom was on one hand prevented by the suppressing regime of socialism, which controlled individuals, and on the other hand by the ambivalent relations with the church of that period, as well as by his work, in order to make ends meet. Considering this, only an extremely persistent steadiness and an inner motivation can justify the systematic self-instructed artistic work, the result of which is the presented world of paintings, which did not have the opportunity for an introduction or a positive reception for a long time. The solitude of the study room, however, provided an appropriate environment for him to create his paintings in freedom, without assumed or real expectations towards himself.

 

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The exhibition was curated by Zsuzsa Gadó and János Schneller, opened by János Schneller art historian. It runs until 18 August.

[fotók: Lukács Gabi]

 

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Sun-City exhibition opening by Attila KONDOR in Resident Art Budapest Gallery

Tuesday May 9th, 2017

On 18 May starts the exhibition Sun-City by artist Attila KONDOR in Resident Art Budapest Gallery. Sun-city an exhibition by Attila Kondor – painting-installation and painting-animation The works of art of the exhibition ’Sun-city’ are constatly pushing the envelope of the medium of painting. The artist dosen’t only surprise us by the fact that he cuts the canvas or wooden board by the edge of the contours of the depicted […]

On 18 May starts the exhibition Sun-City by artist Attila KONDOR in Resident Art Budapest Gallery.

Sun-city an exhibition by Attila Kondor – painting-installation and painting-animation

The works of art of the exhibition ’Sun-city’ are constatly pushing the envelope of the medium of painting. The artist dosen’t only surprise us by the fact that he cuts the canvas or wooden board by the edge of the contours of the depicted view and interprets them as spacious forms but by combining two different images into one composition he creates a new one. Late antiquity, renaissance architecture and horticulture types have been playing an important role in Kondors’ painting since the beginning of his carreer as an artist. One of his main approaches is to addopt and reinterpret these

Attila Kondor started the painting-animation project in 2014 in which he ellaborates the ways of perception, reception and cognition.Resident Art Budapest After the A38 Ship Gallery, the Kiscelli Museum Space and the B32 Gallery the next exhibition of „The Ways of Attention” project is the „Sun-city” which is going to be on show in Resident Art Budapest Gallery until the middle of June. The paintings, graphics and animations complement each other and lead the viewer to a contemplative observation. The moving and standing images effect the senses and propose questions at the same time which through the perception of art opens the way for self-reflection and our ultimate questions.

opening speech: Szegedy-Maszák Zsuzsanna art historian

curator: Schneller János art historian

date: 18 May 2017 Thursday 19:00

venue: Resident Art Budapest – Tours & Showroom
1061 Budapest, Andrássy út 33. II./1., bell No 29
opening hours: Thursday-Friday 13.00-18.00

on show until 16. June 2017

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Finissage

Finissage: Passage – Tour & Talk

Tuesday April 25th, 2017

On Thursday, April 27 we finish Stefan Osnowski‘s Passage exhibition with a guided tour and talk in the Resident Art Budapest gallery. (1061 Budapest, Andrássy úAvenue 33.)  The event starts at 7 pm and we are looking forward to welcoming all our guest. Programme: • Guided tour with Stefan Osnowski • Conversation with artist Stefan Osnowski and art historian Gábor Szilágyi. The conversation is moderated by art historian and curator János Schneller. The entry free program’s language is English. […]

On Thursday, April 27 we finish Stefan Osnowski‘s Passage exhibition with a guided tour and talk in the Resident Art Budapest gallery. (1061 Budapest, Andrássy úAvenue 33.) Resident Art Budapest

The event starts at 7 pm and we are looking forward to welcoming all our guest.

Programme:

• Guided tour with Stefan Osnowski

• Conversation with artist Stefan Osnowski and art historian Gábor Szilágyi. The conversation is moderated by art historian and curator János Schneller.

The entry free program’s language is English.

Facebook event >> HERE

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Fine Art & Antique Shops – classic art tour in Budapest [video]

Tuesday April 18th, 2017

We offer our Antique Shops tours for those primarily interested in antiques, classic paintings, sculptures, furniture, and artworks. Throughout our tours we mostly target the antique shops and galleries at the heart of the city that are most vibrant with art dealing. We visit Budapest’s famous gallery and antique shop street to get a look at some of the most prestigious galleries and auction houses in town, moving on to […]

We offer our Antique Shops tours for those primarily interested in antiques, classic paintings, sculptures, furniture, and artworks. Throughout our tours we mostly target the antique shops and galleries at the heart of the city that are most vibrant with art dealing. We visit Budapest’s famous gallery and antique shop street to get a look at some of the most prestigious galleries and auction houses in town, moving on to cosier antique stores; then an art deco antique and gift shop displaying furniture and souvenirs dating back to the 19th century. We then descend into the city’s largest cellar-gallery, where antique furniture is displayed alongside vintage paintings and contemporary art works. The tour ends here with a conversation about art and antique trade in Budapest.

Further information and booking: www.residentart.com/en/tours

Book a private tour! Contact us: [email protected]

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