19th Century Hungarian Paintings from the Kovács Gábor Collection
Gallery-Museum Lendava, The Lendava castle
From 10 March, almost 100 works from the 400-piece collection of Gábor Kovács, founder of the Kovács Gábor Art Foundation, will be on view at the Castle of Lendava. The collection encompasses the history of Hungarian painting from the early 18th century to the middle of the 20th century.
As every important private collection, the Kovács Gábor Collection has a distinct character. The collector and patron of the arts has been purchasing artworks for two decades with the intention of building a collection that fittingly represents the history of modern Hungarian painting. The collection encompasses the period from the early 18th century to the middle of the last century, and presently comprises some 400 works of art.
Continuously expanded, it is one of the most prestigious private collections in Hungary. Following a number of exhibitions at home and a few abroad, the collection is now introduced in Lendava with a special selection that guides the viewer through one of the most exciting centuries in the history of Hungarian painting.
In Hungary the 19th century was a time when the national idea came into its own: it saw modernization efforts during the so-called Reform Period, the revolution and war of independence of 1848–49, national resistance against Austrian oppression, and the Austro-Hungarian Compromise, which ushered in decades of dynamic development. The political, economic and social changes were accompanied by a prosperity in culture, a flourishing of the visual arts. By the end of the century, the essential conditions for artist training and art trade had been established, and most of the artists returned home after their studies abroad, seeking a career in Hungary, and raising the quality of the country’s art to European standards.
This exhibition offers an overview of the painting of this complex and colourful period, presenting all important stylistic trends in the art of the 19th century, from the classicist beginnings, through Romanticism and realism, to the naturalism of the end of the century.
The exhibition is presented with support from Hungary’s Ministry of Human Resources, and was jointly organized by the Kovács Gábor Art Foundation and the Gallery-Museum Lendava. It is on view until 14 May, 2017.