Rozsda’s One Hundred Surrealisms

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(Rozsda100: A Párka fonala / Le Fil de la Parque / The Parca’s Thread. Várfok Galéria, Budapest, 2013.)

100 years have passed since Endre Rozsda’s birth, and his work seems to emerge now in Hungary as one of the major Hungarian oeuvres connected to surrealism. Almost fifteen years were needed though to achieve this goal: after a 1998 retrospective of his painted work in Műcsarnok, Budapest (followed also by a representative exhibition of his graphic works in 2001 – Szépművészeti Múzeum, Budapest), the most important efforts in promoting Rozsda’s work were carried out by the private gallery Várfok Galéria and its owner, Károly Szalóky. Several exhibitions dedicated to Rozsda’s works have been organized in Budapest during these fifteen years, and some of the major catalogues and articles on his works have been written by the art historians connected to the Gallery. A decisive role in this process was played also by Júlia Cserba, who was very active during the past decades in promoting the works of Paris-based Hungarians, and who was one of the curators of the Műcsarnok retrospective. Art historians like Sándor Hornyik or Gábor Pataki, the most important authors dedicated to the interpretation of Hungarian surrealist painting and to the group of the European School in general, also contributed with their expertise to a better understanding of Rozsda’s work.

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The Network of Artists around Victor Brauner

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(Emil Nicolae, Victor Brauner și însoțitorii [Victor Brauner and His Fellow-travelers], Ed. Hasefer, Bucharest, 2013.)

The volume consists of twenty shorter texts that explore Victor Brauner’s universe in terms of biography, spiritual kinship and artistic analogy. The author succeeds in retracing elements of biography that go beyond the simple factual level, and finding the instants where “facts” often result in works of art, anecdotes worth remembering, and germs of stories that have never been written. The strategy of the book is to present Brauner in his relation to others: how they saw him, how Brauner saw them, how they interacted, how they “met”, often in spiritual ways only, through their shared interests and aspirations.

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The Inner Side of the Object: About Painting and Surrealism

Insiders see what others don’t. They are aware of the shades and details that might seem insignificant for others. But what are the differences when two insiders, namely André Breton and Sarane Alexandrian try to tell the same story: the story of surrealist art?

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Szürrealista hieroglifák

Emil Nicolae: Victor Brauner. La izvoarele operei. Hasefer, Buc., 2004.

Olyan kezdőmondat nem igazán van, hogy „az egyik legérdekesebb szürrealista festő”, vagy ha van, akkor ásításba fullad.

Kezdjük máshonnan: Brauner merész és radikális mítoszokat építő festő, értelmezői szerint „szürrealista hieroglifákat” fest, képei egyfajta szintaktikus gondolkodást hordoznak, erőteljesen nyelvi jellegűek.

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Virágszörnyek, gombaemberek

Rozsda. Szerk.: David Rosenberg. Szépművészeti Múzeum, Budapest, 2001.

Hatalmas képzőművészeti anyag, százhetven reprodukció 414 oldalon, első látásra Miró színeit és formáit, a negyvenes évekbeli képeken pedig Victor Brauner motívumait vélem felismerni.

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