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Hungarian Modernists in Berlin 1910–1933

Mann steht neben einem Tisch, im Hintergrund großes Fenster mit Blick auf Häuser
Lajos Tihanyi, Großes Interieur mit Selbstbildnis – Mann am Fenster, Detail, 1922
© Museum der Bildenden Künste, Budapest, 2021

This exhibition breaks new ground by devoting extensive attention to the Hungarian contribution to modern art in the German capital. Berlin plays a special role in the history of Hungarian art and culture. Even before the First World War, Hungarian artists used the growing metropolis as an exhibition stage to reach an international audience. When reactionary forces put an end to Hungary’s political transformation in 1919, progressive artists in exile found refuge in the cosmopolitan Berlin of the Weimar Republic. They found the space for creative freedom on the banks of the Spree, where they established a significant visibility in various avantgarde contexts. Berlin was a formative influence for many Hungarian artists who, in turn, were a defining force in the art market. Restoring memories of this reciprocal cultural inspiration is the principal aim of this exhibition. It brings together paintings, prints, photographs and architectural drawings, deeply enriching our perception of artistic achievements from East Central Europe.

Artists (Selection):

Béla Balázs, József Bató, Róbert Berény, Aurél Bernáth, Eva Besnyö, Vera Biller, Mihály Biró, Dezsö Bokros Birman, Sándor Bortnyik, Marcel Breuer, Robert Capa geb. Endre Friedmann, Béla Czóbe, Lajos d’Ébneth, Sándor Ék, Jenö Feiks, Béni Ferenczy, Károly Ferenczy, Noémi Ferenczy, Etel Fodor, Alfréd Forbát, Imre Góth, Gyula Hincz, Béla Kádár, György Kákai Szabó, Ernö Kállai, Judit Kárász, Lajos Kassák, Oskar Kaufmann, György Kepes, Károly Kernstok, Kálmán Lengyel, Hajnal Lengyel-Pataky, Stefan Lorant, János Mattis-Teutsch, László Moholy-Nagy, Martin Munkácsi, Jószef Nemes Lampérth, Gyula Pap, László Péri, Bertalan Pór, György Rauscher, János Reismann, József Rippl-Rónai, Hugó Scheiber, Jolán Szilágyi, Lajos Tihanyi, Béla Uitz, Andor Weininger

The exhibition is a partnership between the Berlinische Galerie and the Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest.