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Exhibitions Várfok Gallery 2018

El Kazovsky: Monument

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The exhibition is open: 15th. June, 2018 - 28th. July, 2018

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On the occasion of the Kossuth Prize awarded El Kazovsky’s (1948, Saint Petersburg /RUS/ – 2008, Budapest/H) 70th anniversary of birth and the 10th anniversary of death, the Várfok Gallery organizes a monumental, individual exhibition, where selected works from the grandiose lifework will be on view, thus paying respect to the artist who worked with the Várfok Gallery since the early 1990s. 

Despite his Russian origins, El Kazovsky quickly became one of the most characteristic and determinative figures of the Hungarian contemporary art scene. The artist, whose artistic career begun at the end of the 1970s, had outstanding achievements not only in painting, but in the genre of performance and installation art as well. The most comprehensive exhibition of Kazovszkij titled the Shadow of the Survivor took place at the Hungarian National Gallery in 2015, and became one of the most visited contemporary exhibitions of the recent years.

The exhibition of the Várfok Gallery focuses on idols embodying unavailable beauty ideas in the ubiquitous oeuvre: the protagonists of the exhibited artworks are idols present in the form of works in various ways, such as faceless, winged torsos, ballerinas, parkas, Venus’ or swans.

The artworks on view are based on Kazovsky’s personal mythology, which derived from the classic antique mythology and philosophy. The tools and themes of his personal mythology is strongly bound to a two-millennial tradition: the Metamorphosis of Ovid, especially to the story of Pygmalion. Kazovsky, as well as the mythological sculpture, always created some sort of embodiment of the ideal beauty, thus experiencing the abstract mystery of creation. To the Kazovsky’s inverted version of the story of Pygmalion and Galatea another anniversary can be related as Ovid published his book describing also the legend of the Cypriot artist, exactly 2010 years ago.

Kazovskys artworks are chasing the ideal beauty and having relations to the artist’s personal life, we gain insight into the bittersweet pathos story – which is at least as much as it is repulsive to the depth of thought.

Curator: Vanda Dillmann, Art Historian of the Várfok Gallery
Associate Curator: Gabriella Kolle, Art Historian

EXHIBITED WORKS:

El Kazovszkij: Double Storey Dancer 2. / Double Storey Coppelia
EL KAZOVSZKIJ

Double Storey Dancer 2. / Double Storey Coppelia
1988 - 80x60 cm
oil on woodpanel
Private Collection

June 27, 2019
El Kazovszkij: Untitled (Parcae with Scythes)
EL KAZOVSZKIJ

Untitled (Parcae with Scythes)
n.d. - 121x90,5 cm
oil on woodpanel
Private Collection

June 27, 2019
El Kazovszkij: Venus From the Blue Mountain
EL KAZOVSZKIJ

Venus From the Blue Mountain
n.d. - 68x55 cm
oil and acrylic paint on woodpanel
Private Collection

June 27, 2019
El Kazovszkij: Little Angel’s Choir / Purgatory 22
EL KAZOVSZKIJ

Little Angel's Choir / Purgatory 22
1992 - 115x148 cm
oil on wood
Private Collection

June 27, 2019
El Kazovszkij: New Galathea Plantation
EL KAZOVSZKIJ

New Galathea Plantation
1996-99 - 16x136 cm
mixed technique on cardboard
Private Collection

June 27, 2019
El Kazovszkij: Who’s Nature is this Nature? (Paperfrieze I.)
EL KAZOVSZKIJ

Who’s Nature is this Nature? (Paperfrieze I.)
2002 - 133x210 cm
tempera and ink on paper
Private Collection

August 22, 2019
El Kazovszkij: Standing War
EL KAZOVSZKIJ

Standing War
2002 - 160x140 cm
mixed technique on wood
Private Collection

August 22, 2019
El Kazovszkij: Desert Sandpit III.
EL KAZOVSZKIJ

Desert Sandpit III.
1988 - 130x100 cm
oil on canvas
Private Collection

August 22, 2019
El Kazovszkij: Three Parcae (Three Graces)
EL KAZOVSZKIJ

Three Parcae (Three Graces)
1989 - 100x150 cm
oil on canvas
Private Collection

August 22, 2019
El Kazovszkij: Organ-grinder
EL KAZOVSZKIJ

Organ-grinder
1995 - 170x150 cm
oil on canvas
Private Collection

August 22, 2019
El Kazovszkij: The Distanced Spectator II.
EL KAZOVSZKIJ

The Distanced Spectator II.
n.d. - 60x49,5 cm
oil and acrylic paint on canvas
Private Collection

August 22, 2019
El Kazovszkij: Half-Angel with Shadow
EL KAZOVSZKIJ

Half-Angel with Shadow
n.d. - 80x80 cm
oil on wood
Private Collection

August 22, 2019
El Kazovszkij: Guardian Angel Twins
EL KAZOVSZKIJ

Guardian Angel Twins
1999 - 100x76 cm
oil on canvas
Private Collection

August 22, 2019
El Kazovszkij: Three Parcae in the Desert
EL KAZOVSZKIJ

Three Parcae in the Desert
1995 - 60,5x50,5 cm
oil on canvas
Private Collection

August 22, 2019
El Kazovszkij: Monument
EL KAZOVSZKIJ

Monument
1997 - 110x90 cm
oil on canvas
Private Collection

August 22, 2019
El Kazovszkij: Small Purgatory II.
EL KAZOVSZKIJ

Small Purgatory II.
n.d. - 28x33,5 cm
oil on wood
Private Collection

August 22, 2019
El Kazovszkij: Me and My Swan
EL KAZOVSZKIJ

Me and My Swan
2002 - 115x95 cm
oil on canvas
Private Collection

August 22, 2019
El Kazovszkij: Golden Room. Two Swans on the Wall. Sitting Red Cloud II.
EL KAZOVSZKIJ

Golden Room. Two Swans on the Wall. Sitting Red Cloud II.
n.d. - 115x95 cm
oil on canvas
Private Collection

August 22, 2019
El Kazovszkij: Mountain Ballet VII
EL KAZOVSZKIJ

Mountain Ballet VII
1983 - 75x60 cm
oil on canvas
Private Collection

August 22, 2019
El Kazovszkij: Little Parisien-Blue Picture
EL KAZOVSZKIJ

Little Parisien-Blue Picture
n.d. - 75x70 cm
oil on woodpanel
Private Collection

August 22, 2019
El Kazovszkij: Untitled
EL KAZOVSZKIJ

Untitled
n.d. - 65,5x45x2 cm
oil on wood
Private Collection

August 22, 2019

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