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Exhibitions Várfok Gallery 2019

Lucien Hervé & Rodolf Hervé: One-On-One

By 2019.08.21. September 2nd, 2019 No Comments

The exhibition is open: 12. January, 2019 - 14. March, 2019

Opening: 24. January, 2019, 7 p.m.

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The Várfok Gallery’s latest exhibition entitled ’One-On-One’ showcases a special selection of photographs taken by father and son, Lucien Hervé and Rodolf Hervé. The images not only complement each other, they also highlight the different characteristics of the art of both photographers. The pairs of photographs emphasise the essential elements of both oeuvres, and the sharp differences between the two artists’ ways of seeing and creating. However, the pictures also reflect the photographers’ common spirit with regard to social sensitivity, social criticism, humour, irony, and their affinity with abstraction.

Lucien Hervé (1910-2007) was born in a small town in Hungary in 1910 and moved to Paris in 1929 where he spent the rest of his life. He began taking photographs at the end of the 1930s and, in 1949, he met a leading proponent of modern architecture, Le Corbusier, and became his “official photographer” between 1949 and 1965. The most important characteristics of his photographs are a clear, geometric approach and a powerful presence of light-shadow effects. Lucien Hervé’s photographic work has become world-renowned and exhibitions of his work have been held around the world, from Athens to Tokyo.

The presentation of his work in Hungary was initiated by Máté Major, an architect and university professor, in the early 1960s. Since then, his photographs have been shown in several prestigious Hungarian art institutions, such as the Budapest Gallery (1989) and the Hungarian House of Photography – Mai Manó House (2008). Most recently, in 2010, the Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest organised a grand-scale retrospective exhibition on the occasion of the centenary of the artist’s birth witch was complemented by an exhibition at the Tornyai János Museum in Hódmezővásárhely, the artist’s home town. His works can be found in prominent international collections, such as in the Albertina, Vienna (A), Centre Pompidou, Paris (F), Victoria and  Albert Museum, London (UK), and The Getty Institute, Los Angeles (USA).

The versatile art of Rodolf Hervé (1957-2000) was well-known in 1990s’ Hungarian underground circles. The artist came to Budapest through the invitation of the Vasarely Museum in the last days of 1989. He stayed for several years after the change of regime when he became an important character of the alternative art scene. Following in his father’s footsteps, he started to experiment with photography at a young age. However, because of his rebellious personality, he was more attracted to very intense, emotional forms of expression rather than his father’s strict geometric vision. Rodolf Hervé’s art can be characterised by sharp contrasts: tenderness and violence, realism and surrealism, the lyrical and dramatic go hand in hand in his photographs. In addition to photography and other visual arts, such as video art, electrographic art, collage and painting, he also involved himself with music and performance. Although his promising artistic career was broken by his death in 2000, his works have lost nothing of their impact and remain as influential contemporary artworks.

Rodolf Hervé’s first major Hungarian exhibition was held in 1990 at the Vasarely Museum of Budapest, followed by a special solo exhibition at the Marble Hall of the Széchenyi Spa in 1991. Later on, his oeuvre was presented in other important art environments, such as the Xantus János Museum in Győr (1992), the Centrális Gallery in Budapest (2011), and the Szent István Király Museum in Székesfehérvár which organised the joint exhibition of Lucien and Rodolf Hervé in 2001. His video works are held in the OSA Archive and C3.

The exhibition is sponsored by the National Cultural Fund of Hungary. 
The exhibition is part of the Budapest Photo Festival’s official programme series.

EXHIBITED WORKS:

Rodolf Hervé: ‘Dagály’ Bath
RODOLF HERVE

‘Dagály’ Bath
1990 - 26x40 cm
coloured print - Ed. 3
In the Várfok Gallery

August 21, 2019
Rodolf Hervé: ‘Dagály’ Bath
RODOLF HERVE

‘Dagály’ Bath
1990 - 22,5x16,5 cm
signed vintage print
In the Várfok Gallery

August 21, 2019
Rodolf Hervé: “… Pigeons, Pigeons…, Nice Pigeons”
RODOLF HERVE

"… Pigeons, Pigeons…, Nice Pigeons"
n.d. - 38x26 cm
vintage print with the artist’s handwriting
In the Várfok Gallery

August 21, 2019
Rodolf Hervé: Assburned Stakhanovite
RODOLF HERVE

Assburned Stakhanovite
1990 - 17x22,5 cm
vintage print
In the Várfok Gallery

August 21, 2019
Rodolf Hervé: Black Hole
RODOLF HERVE

Black Hole
1990 - 20x30 cm
coloured print - Ed. 3
In the Várfok Gallery

August 21, 2019
Rodolf Hervé: Black Hole
RODOLF HERVE

Black Hole
1990 - 29,5x19 cm
coloured print - Ed. 3
In the Várfok Gallery

August 21, 2019
Rodolf Hervé: Black Hole
RODOLF HERVE

Black Hole
1990 - 36x28 cm
inkjet print - Ed. 3
In the Várfok Gallery

August 21, 2019
Rodolf Hervé: Black Mother
RODOLF HERVE

Black Mother
1980-as évek - 23,5x14,5 cm
signed vintage print
In the Várfok Gallery

August 21, 2019
Rodolf Hervé: Budapest
RODOLF HERVE

Budapest
1991 - 45x79 cm
coloured print - Ed. 3
In the Várfok Gallery

August 21, 2019
Lucien Hervé: Cathedral
LUCIEN HERVÉ

Cathedral
1963 - 50x54 cm
inkjet print – Ed. 3
In the Várfok Gallery

August 21, 2019
Lucien Hervé: Children in front of a Wall
LUCIEN HERVÉ

Children in front of a Wall
1951 - 36,5x26,5 cm
signed modern print
In the Várfok Gallery

August 21, 2019
Rodolf Hervé: Cocktail Dress for Tamás Király’s Birthday
RODOLF HERVE

Cocktail Dress for Tamás Király’s Birthday
1992 - 100x66,9 cm
coloured print - Ed. 3
In the Várfok Gallery

August 21, 2019
Lucien Hervé: Communicant
LUCIEN HERVÉ

Communicant
1949 - 33,5x25,5 cm
signed modern print
In the Várfok Gallery

August 21, 2019
Lucien Hervé: Congress Center
LUCIEN HERVÉ

Congress Center
1964 - 50x55 cm
inkjet print – Ed. 3
In the Várfok Gallery

August 21, 2019
Rodolf Hervé: Eiffel Tower
RODOLF HERVE

Eiffel Tower
1989 - 70x50 cm
signed modern print
In the Várfok Gallery

August 21, 2019
Lucien Hervé: Eiffel Tower – Reflection
LUCIEN HERVÉ

Eiffel Tower - Reflection
1961 - 27,5x37,5 cm
signed modern print
In the Várfok Gallery

August 21, 2019
Lucien Hervé: Garden of Luxemburg
LUCIEN HERVÉ

Garden of Luxemburg
1950-es évek - 22,5x14,5 cm
signed vintage print
Private Collection

August 21, 2019
Rodolf Hervé: Ildikó Molnár, Member of the Orchestra Luna
RODOLF HERVE

Ildikó Molnár, Member of the Orchestra Luna
1991 - 40x26 cm
coloured print - Ed. 3
In the Várfok Gallery

August 21, 2019
Lucien Hervé: In the Port of Marseilles
LUCIEN HERVÉ

In the Port of Marseilles
1951 - 34x18 cm
signed modern print
In the Várfok Gallery

August 21, 2019
Rodolf Hervé: In the Steinhof in Vienna
RODOLF HERVE

In the Steinhof in Vienna
1990 - 20x21 cm
cibachrome print
In the Várfok Gallery

August 21, 2019
Lucien Hervé: J.H.
LUCIEN HERVÉ

J.H.
1953 - 14,5x22 cm
signed modern print
In the Várfok Gallery

August 21, 2019
Rodolf Hervé: Lucien Hervé
RODOLF HERVE

Lucien Hervé
1990 - 43x34,5 cm
inkjet print - Ed. 3
In the Várfok Gallery

August 21, 2019
Lucien Hervé: Lucky in Dior Dress
LUCIEN HERVÉ

Lucky in Dior Dress
1948 - 33x15 cm
signed modern print
Private Collection

August 21, 2019
Lucien Hervé: Lucy Valor (Wife of Utrillo)
LUCIEN HERVÉ

Lucy Valor (Wife of Utrillo)
1947 - 30,5x15,1 cm
signed modern print
In the Várfok Gallery

August 21, 2019
Lucien Hervé: Marcel Marceau Mime Artist
LUCIEN HERVÉ

Marcel Marceau Mime Artist
1990 - 22x36 cm
inkjet print – Ed. 3
In the Várfok Gallery

August 21, 2019
Lucien Hervé: Marseille
LUCIEN HERVÉ

Marseille
1938 - 30x40 cm
signed modern print
In the Várfok Gallery

August 21, 2019
Lucien Hervé: Mass
LUCIEN HERVÉ

Mass
1960-as évek - 13,4x12,2 cm
signed vintage print
In the Várfok Gallery

August 21, 2019
Rodolf Hervé: Members of the ‘Rézonnance’ Group
RODOLF HERVE

Members of the ‘Rézonnance’ Group
1990 - 37x30 cm
coloured print - Ed. 3
In the Várfok Gallery

August 21, 2019
Lucien Hervé: Multan, Pakistan
LUCIEN HERVÉ

Multan, Pakistan
1961 - 36x23 cm
inkjet print – Ed. 3
In the Várfok Gallery

August 21, 2019
Lucien Hervé: Munition-Factory
LUCIEN HERVÉ

Munition-Factory
1952 - 30x39 cm
signed modern print
In the Várfok Gallery

August 21, 2019
Lucien Hervé: Museum
LUCIEN HERVÉ

Museum
n.d. - 20x28,5 cm
inkjet print – Ed. 3
In the Várfok Gallery

August 21, 2019
Lucien Hervé: Noun in Audincourt
LUCIEN HERVÉ

Noun in Audincourt
1951 - 24x33,5 cm
inkjet print
In the Várfok Gallery

August 21, 2019
Rodolf Hervé: Nude
RODOLF HERVE

Nude
1970-es évek - 26x20 cm
modern print - Ed. 3
In the Várfok Gallery

August 21, 2019
Rodolf Hervé: Old Man
RODOLF HERVE

Old Man
1970-es évek - 45x30,5 cm
vintage print
In the Várfok Gallery

August 21, 2019
Rodolf Hervé: Paris
RODOLF HERVE

Paris
1980 - 44,5x35,5 cm
inkjet print - Ed. 3
In the Várfok Gallery

August 21, 2019
Lucien Hervé: Paris From My Window
LUCIEN HERVÉ

Paris From My Window
1947 - 29x33 cm
inkjet print – Ed. 3
Private Collection

August 21, 2019
Lucien Hervé: Perugia
LUCIEN HERVÉ

Perugia
1949 - 30x26 cm
signed modern print
In the Várfok Gallery

August 21, 2019
Rodolf Hervé: Renewing the Moscow Square
RODOLF HERVE

Renewing the Moscow Square
1990 - 30x45 cm
coloured print - Ed. 3
Private Collection

August 21, 2019
Lucien Hervé: Riverside of the Seine
LUCIEN HERVÉ

Riverside of the Seine
1949 - 50x54 cm
inkjet print – Ed. 3
In the Várfok Gallery

August 21, 2019
Lucien Hervé: Rodolf Hervé
LUCIEN HERVÉ

Rodolf Hervé
1990 - 30x45 cm
inkjet print – Ed. 3
In the Várfok Gallery

August 21, 2019
Lucien Hervé: Sad Little Girl in Marseille
LUCIEN HERVÉ

Sad Little Girl in Marseille
1951 - 28x26 cm
signed modern print
In the Várfok Gallery

August 21, 2019
Lucien Hervé: Self-Portrait
LUCIEN HERVÉ

Self-Portrait
1938 - 31x30 cm
inkjet print – Ed. 3
In the Várfok Gallery

August 21, 2019
Rodolf Hervé: Self-Portrait
RODOLF HERVE

Self-Portrait
1992 - 42x35 cm
coloured print - Ed. 3
In the Várfok Gallery

August 21, 2019
Rodolf Hervé: Slaughterhouse
RODOLF HERVE

Slaughterhouse
1991 - 59,5x40 cm
cibachrome print
In the Várfok Gallery

August 21, 2019
Lucien Hervé: Strawberry Grean
LUCIEN HERVÉ

Strawberry Grean
1947 - 15x20 cm
vintage print
In the Várfok Gallery

August 21, 2019
Lucien Hervé: Street in Delhi
LUCIEN HERVÉ

Street in Delhi
1955 - 29,2x37,3 cm
signed modern print
In the Várfok Gallery

August 21, 2019
Rodolf Hervé: Street in India
RODOLF HERVE

Street in India
1980-as évek - 21x15,8 cm
cibachrome vintage print
In the Várfok Gallery

August 21, 2019
Lucien Hervé: Swimmers
LUCIEN HERVÉ

Swimmers
1956 - 23,5x10,5 cm
signed modern print
In the Várfok Gallery

August 21, 2019
Lucien Hervé: The Accuser
LUCIEN HERVÉ

The Accuser
1955 - 27x29 cm
signed modern print
In the Várfok Gallery

August 21, 2019
Rodolf HervÉ: The Arm
RODOLF HERVE

The Arm
1990 - 16,5x23 cm
vintage print
In the Várfok Gallery

August 21, 2019
Lucien Hervé: The Leg
LUCIEN HERVÉ

The Leg
1955 - 20,5x24,5 cm
signed modern print
In the Várfok Gallery

August 21, 2019
Rodolf Hervé: The Pyramide of the Louvre
RODOLF HERVE

The Pyramide of the Louvre
1993 - 23x23 cm
inkjet print - Ed. 3
In the Várfok Gallery

August 21, 2019
Lucien Hervé: Three Women
LUCIEN HERVÉ

Three Women
1951 - 10,5x15 cm
signed modern print
In the Várfok Gallery

August 21, 2019
Rodolf Hervé:  Untitled
RODOLF HERVE

Untitled
1991 - 20,3x22,5 cm
coloured modern print - Ed. 3
In the Várfok Gallery

August 21, 2019
Rodolf Hervé: Untitled
RODOLF HERVE

Untitled
1980-as évek - 59x40 cm
coloured print - Ed. 3
In the Várfok Gallery

August 21, 2019
Rodolf Hervé: Untitled
RODOLF HERVE

Untitled
1988 - 50x62 cm
inkjet print - Ed. 3
In the Várfok Gallery

August 21, 2019
Rodolf Hervé: Untitled
RODOLF HERVE

Untitled
1970-es évek - 32x44 cm
vintage print
In the Várfok Gallery

August 21, 2019
Rodolf Hervé: Young Couple
RODOLF HERVE

Young Couple
1990 - 15,5x21 cm
vintage print
In the Várfok Gallery

August 21, 2019

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