István Csók: Spring Awakening, 1900

István Szőnyi: Danube Bend, 1940s

Jakab Bogdány: Still Life With Birds, early 1700s

Jenő Barcsay: View Of Szentendre, 1930

József Rippl-Rónai: In The Garden, 1909

Károly Markó the Elder: Women At The Well, 1836

Károly Telepy: River With Boat, 1897

Menyhért Tóth: Icarus Tree, 1950

Sándor Nyilasy: Boating On The Lake, 1910

Tibor Csernus: Courtyard Of The Atelier, 1990

The Retrospective Exhibition of Visual Ertist Zsuzsa Péreli

Opening speech of Gábor Kovács at the retrospective exhibition of Zsuzsa Péreli.

Koszta József: Csónakok, 1906 körül

Oeuvre Exhibition of József Koszta in Hódmezővásárhely

The art of József Koszta (1861-1949), one of the most individual of 20th-century Hungarian painters, has received regrettably little attention in recent decades. Apart from smaller displays, his last retrospective exhibit was at the National Salon in 1948, the year before his death, after he was among the first to receive the Kossuth Prize for an outstanding oeuvre.

A new monograph on Koszta by Anna Szinyei Merse, the exhibition’s chief curator, will also add new details to the currently held general view of the artist, and will offer documentary evidence that will clarify certain details.

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Csók, István: Spring Awakening, 1900

KOGART Exhibitions Tihany Opened

 On 8 June the newest art venue of KOGART opened its doors with two beautiful exhibitions in the main street of the village at lake Balaton. Opening speech was held by Anikó Lévai.

An exquisite selection from the Gábor Kovács Art Collection, entitled Spring Awakening – The Birth of Modern Hungarian Painting in the Early 20th Century (temporary exhibition until 27 October), guides the visitor through what was probably the most exciting half a century in the history of Hungarian painting. In those decades from the end of the 19th century till the Second World War, Hungarian art developed almost in parallel with the painting of Western Europe, particularly of France and Germany.

The permanent exhibition The Attraction of Tihany – A Selection from the Works of Sculptor Miklós Borsos, based on the rich material of the KOGART collections, presents the art of one of the greatest sculptors of the 20th century, Miklós Borsos (1906–1990), who spent his summers in Tihany since 1943.

More information: www.kogarttihany.hu/en

Gábor Kovács banker, art collector, philanthropist and founder of KOGART

Gábor Kovács banker, art collector, philanthropist and founder of KOGART

One of Hungary’s most successful businessmen, banker Gábor Kovács began a career at the Hungarian National Bank that would peak in the position of vice president at Citibank London in the second half of the 1980s. Upon returning home, he decided to indulge his desire for new challenges, and in 1991 founded his own company, which is now called Bankár Holding Plc. The same disposition led him to the world of visual art, the passion of collection, which was to become an essential and decisive experience, something that also opened new vistas for his ideas and activities.

“It was a tapestry, Zsuzsa Péreli’s Aequilibrium, that made me realize in 2002 that I had been looking for equilibrium in my life in the wrong dimension. As a banker, I mainly strove for liquidity, or horizontal, balance, when real balance can in fact be found vertically, between good and bad. Spiritual balance is far more important. A new world opened before me. What matters most is not the goal, but the way there, the gaining of the experience. Fate will set your direction; determining your own direction will lead to an arduous struggle—you have to fulfil the inevitable, your own fate. This is how causes have always found me: KOGART, the Pauline-Carmelite Monastery of Sopronbánfalva, the World Servers Foundation. I am proud to see how they have an effect on others.

We need to be open before new values that help us to preserve our physical and spiritual life, our planet. To safeguard our future, we must be resolute in the times to come to find those energies that help us to release these values, so that we can come up with answers for the new social and economic challenges of the 21st century.” (Gábor Kovács)

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Artists Also Profit from His Money

Born into a world of small farms, and having spent some time in one of the top positions of the City, Gábor Kovács knows the value of self-reliance—and that a little help can go a long way. In 2003 he founded the Kovács Gábor Art Foundation with a capital of HUF 3bn, setting out to support visual artists who stand a fair chance of standing on their own feet in time.

Now one of the 100 richest Hungarians, Gábor Kovács travelled a long way before he decided to devote a considerable portion of his wealth, worth over HUF 40bn, to the cause of art. ...

(From the book Márton-Koczó, Ildikó: Az 50 legjobb magyar üzleti döntés – és 15 a legrosszabbak közül. )

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KOGART House

The Kovács Gábor Art Foundation

Our mission is a voluntarily assumed cause with the purpose of improving openness towards contemporary arts among the Hungarian public.

Our mission’s stated goals are the following:
1. To increase appreciation for the arts, especially the fine arts
2. To promote talented young artists
3. To create an internationally recognized contemporary art collection of primarily Hungarian works of art.

Our task is to convince prominent actors from the business sector to get behind this cause. We aim to encourage broader participation in social causes by the private sector and to establish a new model for art patronage.
We profess that a country must be recognized by the world and introduced to it through its arts and culture. We appreciate any form of support, cooperation, institutional collaboration or any business opportunity to help achieve our goals.

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