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Hungarian Art: Confrontation and Revival in the Modern Movement

Hungarian Art: Confrontation and Revival in the Modern Movement

Hungarian Art: Confrontation and Revival in the Modern Movement

By Éva Forgács

“I was unable to put down [this book]; one that will be used by those interested in the field for a long time to come.” —Dr. Oliver Botar, Hungarian Cultural Studies

"Éva Forgács is a brilliant guide to the history of modern and contemporary art in Hungary. These essays—whether appraising the achievements of Modern Movement heroes like László Moholy-Nagy or excavating the overlooked practices of neo-avant-garde artists of the 1970s and 1980s—combine deep understanding of modern art with a critical perspective on the many myths which have been attached to it. Hungarian modernism now seems far more vivid." David Crowley, Royal College of Art

"Éva Forgács has a remarkable ability to condense her cosmopolitan breadth of scholarship into admirably coherent, easily comprehensible writing. She situates the subject of her research within the broader sociocultural context of its times in such a readable manner that it is informative for the layperson and professional alike. We come away with the feeling that our time has been well spent indeed. Her publications exemplify art history at its best." —Hattula Moholy-Nagy

Insightful essays and rarely-seen images tracing, from birth to maturation, several generations of Hungarian modernism, from the avant-garde to neo-avant-garde. This wide-ranging collection by Éva Forgács, a leading scholar of Modernism, corrects long-standing misconceptions about Hungarian art while examining the social milieu and work of dozens of important Hungarian artists, including László Moholy-Nagy and Lajos Kassák. This book paints a fascinating image of twentieth-century Budapest as a microcosm of the social and political turmoil raging across twentieth-century Europe.

320 pages
DoppelHouse Press, 2017
6 x 0.8 x 8.9 inches
ISBN  9780997003413
Art History, Essays

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