György Szemadám remembers half-forgotten artists
Half-light, part of the the group of exhibitions Withdrawals and separate ways at a time of consolidation presents “dissident” painters and sculptors, who, in spite of the circumstances of the age, remained faithful to their moral principles and swam against the current, as a result of which the majority of their works remain little known to the general public.
This exhibition wishes to pay homage to these artists: seven deceased men, whom the powers that be classified as self-taught artists, and whom the majority of authoritative art historians tended to neglect. Consequently, they failed to make it to the canon, and their work has largely remained grey area in the history of contemporary art. We owe a debt to the work of deceased artists, who were not only important in the sixties and seventies, but stand their ground today, providing crucial information to exhaustively charting the art scene of the period.
The seven artists are Bocz Gyula, Cerovszki Iván, Csutoros Sándor, Dombay Győző, Lisziák Elek, Ócsai Károly és Szeift Béla.
Produced in conjunction with the exhibition is a 52-minute film, in which colleagues, scholars in various disciplines and public figures talk about their friendship and memories of the seven artists presented at the exhibition.