The Dorottya Gallery presents in the spring of 2004 Valentin Lustig, Swiss painter originally from Transylvania, with his series entitled "Hóka-Néni, Seven paintings" within the framework of the Budapest Spring Festival. The painter was born in 1955 in Cluj (Romania), emigrated to Israel with his family in 1974, later continued his artistic studies at the Academy in Florence (Italy), and finally settled in Switzerland. With the series previously exhibited at the Frick Art Museum in Pittsburgh, and now shown here in Budapest, the artist raises a memorial to his aunt who perished in the death camp at Auschwitz. In the seven paintings that follow the arrangement and subject matter of mediaeval winged altarpieces, with the aid of quotations taken from Christian and secular iconography, Lustig evokes the principal stations of the life of Aunt Hóka, enriched with real and fictive elements. Thus, Tischbein's famous Goethe painting is echoed in the teaching of Aunt Hóka, as the painter evokes the suffering and tribulations of Auschwitz with the aid of mediaeval compositions of the Temptation of Saint Anthony. The exhibition of Valentin Lustig's paintings that are at once dramatic and grotesque, and of a surrealistic tone, is the artist's first presentation in Hungary.
The exhibition will be opened by poet Géza Szőcs on Tuesday, 23 March 2004 at 5 p.m. Composer György Selmeczi's piece composed for the occasion of the vernissage will be delivered in a performance of opera singer László Böröcz and the author.
On Thursday, 25 March at 5.30 p.m., Edith Balas, professor of art history at the Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh), will hold a lecture on the paintings of Valentin Lustig.