Published: November 30 2023
A new exhibition at the Hungarian National Gallery in Budapest is honoring the internationally renowned Hungarian artist Ilona Keserü. The exhibition focuses on her graphic art and showcases works that have not been widely seen before. It offers a retrospective overview of seven decades of Keserü's graphic work, including iconic pieces made using printmaking techniques and her unique drawing style.
Keserü's Evolution as an Artist
The exhibition traces the evolution of Ilona Keserü's artistic style, starting with her early figurative drawings influenced by her studies with Ferenc Martyn and her experiences in Bulgaria and Italy. Over time, she moved towards abstraction and incorporated tombstone motifs into her works. The exhibition also highlights her experimentation with color, showcasing her most recent concepts.
Incorporating the Past into Contemporary Art
Ilona Keserü's art stands out for its ability to seamlessly integrate the past into contemporary art without relying on quotation marks. Her work is a testament to her skill in making the past an intrinsic part of a truly modern oeuvre.
Highlights of the Exhibition
The exhibition at the Hungarian National Gallery features 64 carefully selected works from Keserü's Budapest studio. These include early studies, ink drawings created abroad, pieces with tombstone motifs from the late sixties, afterimages from the eighties and nineties, and her present-day Being-Color Leaps. The exhibition provides a comprehensive overview of Keserü's graphic work and offers an opportunity to appreciate her artistic journey.
Details and Duration of the Exhibition
The exhibition, curated by Krisztina Csizmadia, will be on view at the Hungarian National Gallery from the opening day until January 28, 2024. It provides art enthusiasts and admirers of Ilona Keserü's work with a chance to explore and appreciate her lesser-known graphic oeuvre.
(Image source: MTI/Kovács Tamás)
Questions & Answers
Who is Ilona Keserü? Ilona Keserü is a renowned figure of contemporary Hungarian art.
What is the title of Ilona Keserü's exhibition in Budapest? Ilona Keserü's exhibition in Budapest is titled "Önerejű képek" (Self-Powered Works).
Where is Ilona Keserü's exhibition taking place in Budapest? Ilona Keserü's exhibition is taking place in the Hungarian National Gallery's Graphic Cabinet.
What does the exhibition showcase? The exhibition showcases Ilona Keserü's graphic oeuvre, which is a less showcased aspect of her work. It provides a retrospective overview of her art, from her early figurative drawings to her intuitive color and sign painting.
Are there any works being shown for the first time? Yes, the exhibition presents several works that are being shown for the first time.
How long will the exhibition be open for? The exhibition will be open from Thursday to January 28, 2024.
How many works have been selected for the exhibition? The exhibition will show 64 works selected from the artist's Budapest studio.
Who curated the exhibition? The exhibition was curated by Krisztina Csizmadia.
What is Ilona Keserü's unique drawing technique? Ilona Keserü's unique drawing technique includes methods of printmaking and a unique approach to using ink and color in her works.
Can the past be seen in Ilona Keserü's artwork? Yes, Ilona Keserü incorporates the past into her art, making it an integral part of her contemporary oeuvre.