Forsaken World. The Art of István Farkas (1887-1944)

Building C, Ground Floor - 12 December 2019 – 1 March 2020


István Farkas, one of Hungary’s leading modernist painters, left behind a unique œuvre that defies stylistic categories. This exhibition displays pieces from his earliest period, through his time in Paris in the 1920s and early 1930s when he was regarded as one of the greatest painters of the École de Paris, to his works of the 1930s and early 1940s that often seem to presage his own tragic death. The art and personality of István Farkas captured the imagination of French critics such as the poet, André Salmon, who wrote a monograph on him in 1930 in which he stressed the artist’s “ability to express dreams with the most complete symbols of reality.” After the death of his father, József Wolfner, in 1932 Farkas returned to Budapest where, while keeping pace with his Parisian contemporaries, he went on to create his own very personal and symbolic visual language. In 1944 he was deported because of his Jewish origins and was killed upon arrival at Auschwitz. This monographic exhibition pays tribute to this great artist on the 75th anniversary of his death.

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