Szalay Lajos: Szent György (litográfia, papír 60 × 43 cm)

March 01, 2013 - March 31, 2013

Koller Galéria

1014 Budapest, Táncsics Mihály street 5.

Open every day 10:00 – 18:00

Szalay Lajos: A modell (szitanyomat, papír)

Exhibition of world-famous graphic artist, Lajos Szalay

An exhibition of a selection of Lajos Szalay's drawings was opened in Koller Gallery in Buda Castle, Budapest in March. 
Lajos Szalay is a posthumous honorary member of MMA. The exhibition is part of the anniversary exhibition series of Koller Gallery which celebrates its 60th anniversary. In 1953 within the narrow possibilities of the law back then György Koller founded the Associaion of Hungarian Engravers, which became to be - after the political and economical change in 1989 - the first private gallery in Hungary. György Koller passed away in 1996.
Lajos Szalay was born in 1909 and died in 1995. He lived, worked and taught in several countries (Paris 1946-47, Argentina 1948-59, New York 1960-88, Hungary 1909-46 and 1988-95). His exhibitions, drawing books and illustration series earned him international recognition and success. The most important of his drawing books was Genesis (New York, 1966), a graphic interpretation of the first book of the Bible.
After coming home in 1988 he bestowed 450 of his drawings on Hungarian museums. His permanent exhibition can be seen in Miskolc Gallery, Miskolc. Pablo Picasso once said of him: "If two names from graphic art remain to posterity from the 20th century, the other one will be me, if only one name remains, that will be Lajos Szalay."
Hungarian art historian, György Sümegi has described Szalay's drawings as the folowing: They "are confessions, visual self-expressions of a lyrical character, so many self-addressing poems. Through a rich inventory of emotions, dramatic states and situations, they successfully uncover the diversity of human life, from the depths of the psyche, its hidden motives and hard-to-express fears, to the cataclysmic events of 20th century history. Szalay created individual structures, morphologically intricate line textures, drawing apparels for his figures, whether they be the heroes of Greco-Roman mythology, the dramatis personae of the Bible, the immortals of love (Erato, Song of Songs) or the victims of wars and revolutions. So many sovereign artistic forms for Man elated and tortured by the joys and horrors, the opportunities and restrictions of the 20th century."
March 21, 2013