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					From the Collection of           An Exhibition of Passion,
The Honorable Nancy G. Brinker   Interludes and Progress




Hungarian Artists
Cover:                       Sandor Bortnyik     Károly Patkó     Molnar Farkas
Josef Nemes Lamperth         Lady on the Beach   Bathers          Cubist Landscape
Street on the Gellert Hill   1930                1922             1920
1916
                             Oil on canvas,      Oil on canvas,   Oil on board,
Oil on canvas,               51cm x 71cm         100cm x 76cm     40cm x 36cm
65.5cm x 90.5cm




                                                                                     The Brinker Collection represents
                                                                                     a rich survey of the achievements
                                                                                     of the Hungarian culture and
                                                                                     presents to a world audience our
                                                                                     shared aesthetic heritage. The span
                                                                                     of styles, the range of references,
                                                                                     and the variety of media in the
                                                                                     Brinker Collection attest to the
                                                                                     expansiveness of Hungarian art,
                                                                                     both of the classical avant-garde
                                                                                     era and of contemporary times.

                                                                                     In this stimulating assembly of
                                                                                     great paintings and small master-
                                                                                     pieces, the Brinker Collection
                                                                                     affords a new vision of an art
                                                                                     and a history that belongs as
                                                                                     much to us as it does to Hungary.
Cover:                       Sandor Bortnyik     Károly Patkó                                                                                  László Fehér                        László Fehér
Josef Nemes Lamperth         Lady on the Beach   Bathers                                                                                       Portrait of Nancy Brinker           Self Portrait with Staircase
Street on the Gellert Hill   1930                1922                                                                                          2004                                2001
1916
                             Oil on canvas,      Oil on canvas,                                                                                Oil on canvas,                      Acrylic on Canvas,
Oil on canvas,               51cm x 71cm         100cm x 76cm                                                                                  180cm x 100cm                       200cm x 140cm
65.5cm x 90.5cm




                                                                  My passion for Hungarian art          recognition they deserved for
                                                                  began at a tumultuous time: in        their contribution, which was
                                                                  September 2001, when I was            more valuable than generally
                                                                  fortunate enough to be sworn          acknowledged.
                                                                  into office to serve our country
                                                                  as the United States’                 As I made progress in my study
                                                                  Ambassador to Hungary -- just         of Hungarian art I grew more
                                                                  five days before September 11.        and more involved, and could
                                                                                                        not resist developing my own
                                                                  Due to the delay my art collec-       vision - and, eventually, my own
                                                                  tion had failed to arrive from        collection.
                                                                  America. In the meantime, I
                                                                  asked my friend, historian and        I concentrated my explorations
                                                                  collector István Rozsics if the       on modern Hungarian painting,
                                                                  artists I had befriended through      which I found both familiar and
                                                                  him in Budapest would like to         surprising, highly energetic but
                                                                  display their art in the American     not shying away from revealing
                                                                  Residence? There began my             melancholy; an intriguing mix
                                                                  love affair with Hungarian Art.       between well known idioms and
                                                                                                        idiosyncratic expression; featur-
                                                                  The show, including works by          ing strong structures and strong
                                                                  László Fehér, István Nádler,          color but also a poetic sensibility;
                                                                  Károly Klimó, Imre Bak, Tamás         and often exhibiting a sense of        Czóbel, Sándor Bortnyik, Béla
                                                                  Soós, and Attila Szucs, among         humor and complexity which are         Uitz, Farkas Molnár, and
                                                                  others, gave me instant – and         the unmistakable water-marks of        Moholy-Nagy. I have a particu-
                                                                  constant – comfort. As I saw          Central European art.                  larly soft spot for the represen-
                                                                  their paintings day by day, I                                                tatives of the “Szentendre
                                                                  grew to appreciate the historic       My involvement began as an             group”, active since the 1930s
                                                                  and emotional quality of their        effort to honor Hungarian artists      and named after the village of
                                                                  work, and I became passionately       as seen through the eyes of an         their residence, including Lajos
                                                                  interested in knowing more            American. Spanning the period          Vajda, Endre Bálint, and the lat-
                                                                  about Hungarian art. With the         from shortly before the Austro-        ter’s disciple Lili Ország.
                                                                  help of István and the expert         Hungarian Empire to the pres-
                                                                  auction house owners he               ent, my collection mirrors this        Each of my pictures has its
                                                                  acquainted me with, I began my        country’s tumultuous past,             own story and artistic and
                                                                  adventures with the Hungarian         highlighting historic, and in some     expressive value to the viewer.
                                                                  art of the early 20th century.        cases drastic, times. There are        I am eager to share my excite-
                                                                                                        paintings by artists killed in the     ment about these works, and
                                                                  I was struck by the richness and      Holocaust. One of my favorites         feel very, very fortunate to be
                                                                  powerful quality of Hungarian         is a portrait completed in 1905        able to give some visibility to
                                                                  painting. Despite the stormy          by János Vaszary of Countess           modern Hungarian art, which
                                                                  twentieth century history of this     Ilona Batthyány, a Hungarian           deserves so much more study,
                                                                  country, her artistic tradition has   woman born into the aristocracy,       exposure, and appreciation.
                                                                  remained consistent and has           who herself celebrated the arts.
                                                                  featured several revivals. Most       I am particularly fond of my Aba       I am indebted to Richard
                                                                  of the early Hungarian mod-           Novák watercolor of the New            Merkin for sharing and
                                                                  ernists studied and exhibited in      York skyline from 1935: the mir-       indulging me in this odyessy.
                                                                  France and Germany, some of           ror image of my own journey, it        His support has enabled me to
                                                                  them even in the United States,       shows America as seen through          elevate my collection to
                                                                  with some occasional presence         the eyes of a Hungarian artist.        include a richness and depth
                                                                  in Italy and Austria, but few of      Also among my favorite artists         that I could not have imagined.
                                                                  them – with the exception of          are the true early modernists of       It is my sincere pleasure to
                                                                  László Moholy Nagy, for exam-         Hungary, including József              share this with each visitor.
                                                                  ple – had access to international     Nemes Lampérth, Róbert
                                                                  markets and few gained the            Berény, Lajos Tihanyi, Béla            Nancy G. Brinker
Cover:                       Sandor Bortnyik     Károly Patkó                                                                                  László Fehér                        Istvan Szonyi              János Vaszarys             László Fehér
Josef Nemes Lamperth         Lady on the Beach   Bathers                                                                                       Portrait of Nancy Brinker           Villagers (Conversation)   Portrait of                Child with Vase
Street on the Gellert Hill   1930                1922                                                                                          2004                                XXXX                       Countess Ilona Batthyány   XXXX
1916                                                                                                                                                                                                          1905
                             Oil on canvas,      Oil on canvas,                                                                                Oil on canvas,                      Medium,                                               Xxxxxx,
Oil on canvas,               51cm x 71cm         100cm x 76cm                                                                                  180cm x 100cm                       XXcm x XXcm                Oil on canvas,             XXcm x XXcm
65.5cm x 90.5cm                                                                                                                                                                                               79cm x 94cm




                                                                  My passion for Hungarian art          recognition they deserved for
                                                                  began at a tumultuous time: in        their contribution, which was
                                                                  September 2001, when I was            more valuable than generally
                                                                  fortunate enough to be sworn          acknowledged.
                                                                  into office to serve our country
                                                                  as the United States’                 As I made progress in my study
                                                                  Ambassador to Hungary -- just         of Hungarian art I grew more
                                                                  five days before September 11.        and more involved, and could
                                                                                                        not resist developing my own
                                                                  Due to the delay my art collec-       vision - and, eventually, my own
                                                                  tion had failed to arrive from        collection.
                                                                  America. In the meantime, I
                                                                  asked my friend, historian and        I concentrated my explorations
                                                                  collector István Rozsics if the       on modern Hungarian painting,
                                                                  artists I had befriended through      which I found both familiar and
                                                                  him in Budapest would like to         surprising, highly energetic but
                                                                  display their art in the American     not shying away from revealing
                                                                  Residence? There began my             melancholy; an intriguing mix
                                                                  love affair with Hungarian Art.       between well known idioms and
                                                                                                        idiosyncratic expression; featur-
                                                                  The show, including works by          ing strong structures and strong
                                                                  László Fehér, István Nádler,          color but also a poetic sensibility;
                                                                  Károly Klimó, Imre Bak, Tamás         and often exhibiting a sense of        Czóbel, Sándor Bortnyik, Béla
                                                                  Soós, and Attila Szucs, among         humor and complexity which are         Uitz, Farkas Molnár, and
                                                                  others, gave me instant – and         the unmistakable water-marks of        Moholy-Nagy. I have a particu-
                                                                  constant – comfort. As I saw          Central European art.                  larly soft spot for the represen-
                                                                  their paintings day by day, I                                                tatives of the “Szentendre
                                                                  grew to appreciate the historic       My involvement began as an             group”, active since the 1930s
                                                                  and emotional quality of their        effort to honor Hungarian artists      and named after the village of
                                                                  work, and I became passionately       as seen through the eyes of an         their residence, including Lajos
                                                                  interested in knowing more            American. Spanning the period          Vajda, Endre Bálint, and the lat-
                                                                  about Hungarian art. With the         from shortly before the Austro-        ter’s disciple Lili Ország.
                                                                  help of István and the expert         Hungarian Empire to the pres-
                                                                  auction house owners he               ent, my collection mirrors this        Each of my pictures has its
                                                                  acquainted me with, I began my        country’s tumultuous past,             own story and artistic and
                                                                  adventures with the Hungarian         highlighting historic, and in some     expressive value to the viewer.
                                                                  art of the early 20th century.        cases drastic, times. There are        I am eager to share my excite-
                                                                                                        paintings by artists killed in the     ment about these works, and
                                                                  I was struck by the richness and      Holocaust. One of my favorites         feel very, very fortunate to be
                                                                  powerful quality of Hungarian         is a portrait completed in 1905        able to give some visibility to
                                                                  painting. Despite the stormy          by János Vaszary of Countess           modern Hungarian art, which
                                                                  twentieth century history of this     Ilona Batthyány, a Hungarian           deserves so much more study,
                                                                  country, her artistic tradition has   woman born into the aristocracy,       exposure, and appreciation.
                                                                  remained consistent and has           who herself celebrated the arts.
                                                                  featured several revivals. Most       I am particularly fond of my Aba       I am indebted to Richard
                                                                  of the early Hungarian mod-           Novák watercolor of the New            Merkin for sharing and
                                                                  ernists studied and exhibited in      York skyline from 1935: the mir-       indulging me in this odyessy.
                                                                  France and Germany, some of           ror image of my own journey, it        His support has enabled me to
                                                                  them even in the United States,       shows America as seen through          elevate my collection to
                                                                  with some occasional presence         the eyes of a Hungarian artist.        include a richness and depth
                                                                  in Italy and Austria, but few of      Also among my favorite artists         that I could not have imagined.
                                                                  them – with the exception of          are the true early modernists of       It is my sincere pleasure to
                                                                  László Moholy Nagy, for exam-         Hungary, including József              share this with each visitor.
                                                                  ple – had access to international     Nemes Lampérth, Róbert
                                                                  markets and few gained the            Berény, Lajos Tihanyi, Béla            Nancy G. Brinker
László Fehér, 1953
Brigade Excursion
(Genre Paintings II)
1979

Oil on fiberboard,
160cm x 220cm




                       Hungarian artists of the 20th                 With this collection, Nancy
                       century developed the styles                  Brinker has embarked on a
                       and defined the content of                    process of self-discovery and
                       modernity from Budapest to                    selfless cultural advocacy.
                       Berlin, Kecskemét to Chicago.                 The artwork embodies the
                       Legions of Hungarian painters,                collector’s uncurbed excitement
                       designers, sculptors, and                     about the vital culture of modern
                       architects brought innovative –               Hungary and its future, just as
                       and often revolutionary –                     it reflects an understanding of
                       aesthetics they had first                     that nation’s complex and often
                       articulated in their native land.             contradictory past. Indeed,
                                                                     it is this very history – one of
                       The Brinker Collection                        accomplishment, openness,
                       extends and complements                       innovation, and years of con-
                       the acknowledged masters                      straint and tribulation – that
                       of Hungarian modernism –                      makes Hungary’s art compelling
                       Róbert Berény, Béla Uitz,                     for both a native and a world
                       Sándor Bortnyik – while it                    audience.
                       introduces us to original artists
                       of more modest reputation.                    Steven Mansbach
                       The Collection demonstrates                   Professor of the History of
                       the dynamic qualities and                     Twentieth-Century Art
                       variability of modern art itself,             University of Maryland at
                       while reflecting the creative                 College Park
                       curiosity, open-minded nature,
                       and discriminating taste of
                       Ambassador Brinker.




                       Collection Curator     Exhibition Manager:
                       and Historian:         Michael Ennis
                       Istvan Rozsics
                                              Graphic Design:
                       Curatorial Advisors:   Beveridge Seay, Inc.
                       Eva Forgacs
                       Steven Mansbach        Photography:
                       William Heidrich       Brandon Webster
                       Lazslo Baan            Kelly Marin
László Fehér                   Molnar Farkas                                            László Fehér, 1953                                                                                       From the Collection of           An Exhibition of Passion,
Self Portrait with Staircase   Cubist Landscape                                         Brigade Excursion
2001                           1920                                                     (Genre Paintings II)                                                                                     The Honorable Nancy G. Brinker   Interludes and Progress
                                                                                        1979
Acrylic on Canvas,             Oil on board,
200cm x 140cm                  40cm x 36cm                                              Oil on fiberboard,
                                                                                        160cm x 220cm




                                                                                                                                                                                                 Hungarian Artists
                                                  The Brinker Collection represents                            Hungarian artists of the 20th
                                                                                                               century developed the styles
                                                                                                                                                             With this collection, Nancy
                                                                                                                                                             Brinker has embarked on a

                                                  a rich survey of the achievements                            and defined the content of
                                                                                                               modernity from Budapest to
                                                                                                                                                             process of self-discovery and
                                                                                                                                                             selfless cultural advocacy.

                                                  of the Hungarian culture and                                 Berlin, Kecskemét to Chicago.
                                                                                                               Legions of Hungarian painters,
                                                                                                                                                             The artwork embodies the
                                                                                                                                                             collector’s uncurbed excitement

                                                  presents to a world audience our                             designers, sculptors, and
                                                                                                               architects brought innovative –
                                                                                                                                                             about the vital culture of modern
                                                                                                                                                             Hungary and its future, just as

                                                  shared aesthetic heritage. The span                          and often revolutionary –
                                                                                                               aesthetics they had first
                                                                                                                                                             it reflects an understanding of
                                                                                                                                                             that nation’s complex and often

                                                  of styles, the range of references,                          articulated in their native land.             contradictory past. Indeed,
                                                                                                                                                             it is this very history – one of

                                                  and the variety of media in the                              The Brinker Collection
                                                                                                               extends and complements
                                                                                                                                                             accomplishment, openness,
                                                                                                                                                             innovation, and years of con-

                                                  Brinker Collection attest to the                             the acknowledged masters
                                                                                                               of Hungarian modernism –
                                                                                                                                                             straint and tribulation – that
                                                                                                                                                             makes Hungary’s art compelling

                                                  expansiveness of Hungarian art,                              Róbert Berény, Béla Uitz,
                                                                                                               Sándor Bortnyik – while it
                                                                                                                                                             for both a native and a world
                                                                                                                                                             audience.

                                                  both of the classical avant-garde                            introduces us to original artists
                                                                                                               of more modest reputation.                    Steven Mansbach
                                                                                                                                                             Professor of the History of
                                                  era and of contemporary times.                               The Collection demonstrates
                                                                                                               the dynamic qualities and                     Twentieth-Century Art
                                                                                                               variability of modern art itself,             University of Maryland at
                                                                                                               while reflecting the creative                 College Park

                                                  In this stimulating assembly of                              curiosity, open-minded nature,
                                                                                                               and discriminating taste of

                                                  great paintings and small master-                            Ambassador Brinker.


                                                  pieces, the Brinker Collection
                                                  affords a new vision of an art
                                                  and a history that belongs as
                                                  much to us as it does to Hungary.


                                                                                                               Collection Curator     Exhibition Manager:
                                                                                                               and Historian:         Michael Ennis
                                                                                                               Istvan Rozsics
                                                                                                                                      Graphic Design:
                                                                                                               Curatorial Advisors:   Beveridge Seay, Inc.
                                                                                                               Eva Forgacs
                                                                                                               Steven Mansbach        Photography:
                                                                                                               William Heidrich       Brandon Webster
                                                                                                               Lazslo Baan            Kelly Marin

				
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