Exhibition of György Jovián in Nagyvárad

A solo temporary exhibition of the works of painter György Jovián, a regular member of HAA opened on 13 May on the second floor of the Roman Catholic Baroque Episcopal Palace in Nagyvárad (Oradea), in the Patachich Visitor Center, as part of the 31st Festum Varadinum. The exhibition, which can be seen until September, was organized by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Nagyvárad, in partnership with the Consulate General of Hungary in Kolozsvár (Cluj-Napoca) and with the support of the HAA.
Visitors can glimpse György Jovián's aesthetics of decay. The artist examines the deterioration and destruction of the man-made world through 22 canvases created with technical feats.
The elements of György Jovián's specific aesthetics of decay have been known for several decades. The artistic processing of the deterioration of the Episcopal Cathedral in Nagyvárad is more than forty years old. The super- or hyper-realism of the Demolition series started with a 2009 picture inspired by Paris. And the years that have passed since then, as a result of serious research and field work, gave birth to new and new visions of the destruction of the man-made world, of the bleeding of the man-made world, of the prelude to warfare. However, Jovián's depiction of ugliness is not a denial of anything at all, nor does he intend to create an ironic or satirical effect by increasing the characteristic elements into ugliness. Ugliness, like decay and passing away, is a part of life, and it must find its place within it.
May 22, 2023