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In conversation with …
... is a series of first-person encounters with Canadians and their links to Hungarian culture, things, and ideas. It presents an eclectic mix of conversations with people of all ages and from all walks of life. Each conversation will be presented as a readable article that will also contain audio clips...
Welcome to the first in the new series In conversation with …
Oliver Botar - a child of ’56 - Part One.
Oliver Botar brings László Moholy-Nagy back to Berlin
December 15th 2014
Shortly before University of Manitoba art-historian Oliver Botar left Winnipeg for the opening of Sensing the Future: László Moholy-Nagy, the Media and the Arts, the exhibition he curated for Berlin’s Bauhaus Archiv Museum für Gestaltung, he spoke to CHEF website contributor Kevin Burns.
“In his artistic work and experimental use of new media, the avant-gardist and Bauhaus teacher László Moholy-Nagy (1895–1946) overstepped the boundaries of the conventional view of art. His methods were marked by interdisciplinary approaches, while at the same time fundamentally questioning the traditional perception of art. His approach was thus far ahead of his time and was already raising issues that are still relevant today.”
One Last Time – An exhibition of works by Tavi Weisz is a first for Ottawa’s Karsh-Masson Gallery
December 13th 2013
After years of uncertainty, Ottawa’s city managed Karsh-Masson Gallery has a new home inside City Hall. To mark this new beginning in its new permanent surroundings, the gallery has assembled a collection of new works by the Romanian born, Hungarian trained, and Ottawa based visual artist, Tavi Weisz.
Assisted by Ottawa mayor Jim Watson, Weisz pulled back the curtain at the official opening on Thursday December 12th 2013. They then invited the crowd to enter the new gallery and take a closer look at the paintings that comprise One Last Time.
The gallery walls are a subdued pink, a colour chosen by Weisz, as he explained in a brief interview inside the crowded gallery, “to draw out all those pink tones on these canvases.”
The works are large. They reference totalitarianism and a troubled European past. And they depict an often naked human frailty. Read more...
Picking up the threads: Anna Torma’s Bagatelles
March 14th 2012
The visual artist Anna Torma uses the word Bagatelle in inverted commas because she says she has borrowed the word from the world of music. “It’s usually used to describe small things, not a full symphony.” An exhibition featuring her work, titled “Bagatelles” has been on display since fall, 2011 at the New Brunswick Museum in Saint John.
Entering a darkened gallery, visitors encounter six large hanging silks in the centre of the space. “This is art that moves gently with you,” she explains. As people move about the gallery their actions cause the hangings to dance delicately. “It is something you experience haptically and visually, not verbally. It is a kind of fantasy.”Read more...
It’s all about the collaboration: Nina Czegledy’s boundary crossing approach to visual art
December 10th 2010
Nina Czegledy doesn’t have much time to unpack her suitcase. She’s the Canadian-based art curator who divides her time between Canada and Hungary, when she’s not traveling elsewhere around the world researching or installing interdisciplinary art exhibitions. She recently returned from Budapest where she co-curated The Pleasure of Light: György Kepes and Frank J. Malina at the Budapest’s Ludwig Museum. Soon she’s off to New Zealand to open Scanz 2011, a multidisciplinary exhibition and conference on art and the environment. In between these two events she took time to talk about her work with CHEF contributor Kevin Burns. Read more...
Re:InSitu: Artists and their Insights into "Here" and "There" and the Idea of Home
Saint John Arts Centre, New Brunswick, November 5, 2010 – January 8, 2011
November 14th 2010
In her exhibition catalogue, Dr. Mary Keczan-Ebos says that the intent of Re:InSitu is to provide Canadian visual artists with a Hungarian-Canadian connection an opportunity to go “on a journey ‘home’ as well as a journey abroad.” In some cases, that home, says the curator, takes the form of the physical landscape or an actual place in Hungary. In other cases, “home” is more of a metaphoric space that the participating artists – members of the Canadian Hungarian Artists Collective – have created in their work or carry within themselves in their thoughts and feelings. “Those of us who are the descendants of the Hungarians who immigrated to Canada, our family’s histories as well as our ephemeral memories of our homeland are connected to the place we are – “in situ,” explains Keczan-Ebos. Read more...
Les Jozsa’s latest wood carving to Pecs
September 6th, 2010
Leslie Jozsa, one of the original Sopron-UBC forestry graduates - who had spent his working life as a forestry research scientist in BC before retiring to pursue his passion, wood carving – is off to one of this year’s three designated European Cities of Culture, Pecs. Les (or Laci as he is known to friends) had been commissioned by the City of Seattle to do a West Coast carving to be donated to Seattle’s sister city Pecs on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the twinning of the two cities.
The unveiling will take place in Pecs on September 23rd and will be attended by the US ambassador, H.E. Eleni Tsakopoulos as well as City of Pecs officials and a representative of the Canadian embassy. Read more...
Janos Buda at The Bluffs Gallery: Rediscovering an artist’s legacy
July 12, 2010
Toronto – A life in art will be revisited at Scarborough’s Bluffs Gallery this month. Drawings, paintings and prints from the estate of Hungarian-born artist Janos Buda will be shown in the Scarborough Arts Council’s gallery from July 17 – 27.
Buda’s life was consumed with art-making, and his early years as an artist included numerous exhibitions in European galleries. From his arrival in Toronto in 1955, Buda was involved in this city’s art community, and was a well-recognized visitor to concerts and exhibitions. He was an active member of many groups, including Scarborough Arts Council, where he remained a faithful volunteer until shortly before his death. Read more...
Exhibition of Hungarian visual artists in Hamilton
May 20th 2010
An exhibition of Hungarian visual artists in Canada is taking place at the Pearl Company, a theatre and arts facility in Hamilton from April 30th to June 1st 2010. The group exhibits together to help promote each other’s work and to share experiences as contemporary visual artists. For information visit the website of the Perl Company here:
Gabor Szilasi wins Governor General’s Award for Visual Arts
Gabor Szilasi has won the Governor General’s Award for Visual, Arts, one of eight Canadian artists this year.
The others are: Haida sculptor Robert Davidson, filmmaker André Forcier, painter Rita Letendre, video artist Tom Sherman, and painter Claude Tousignant.. Glass sculptor Ione Thorkelsson won the Saidye Bronfman Award for excellence in fine crafts, while Terry Ryan received the Outstanding Contribution Award as long-time general manager of West Baffin Eskimo Co-operative in Cape Dorset, Nunavut and director of Dorset Fine Arts in Toronto.
For more information about the Award, see the Canada Council’s news release.
March 10th 2010
For more on Gabor Szilasi click here.
Oliver Botar’s book on Weininger wins award
We are happy to announce that A Bauhausler in Canada: Andor Weininger in the 50s has been awarded the Melva J. Dwyer Book Award for creating an exceptional reference or research tool relating to Canadian art or architecture.
For more information, click here.
March 19, 2010
Gabor Szilasi exhibition at National Gallery of Canada
Well-known Montreal photographer Gabor Szilasi who came to Canada after the 1956 uprising is being recognized with a one-man show at the National Gallery of Canada which opens on October 8th and runs till January 17th. On October 9th at 12.15 pm David Harris, the exhibition’s curator and Associate Professor of at the School of Image Arts, Ryerson University, Toronto is doing a talk about why and how he came to put the exhibit together. This will be followed at 1.30 pm by a presentation by Mr Szilasi himself about his work. Mr Szilasi was one of the fifty Canadians of Hungarian origin whose portrait by V Tony Hauser was included in the National Arts Centre’s Hungary 50th anniversary project “ New Lives” in 2006. See our webpage: http://www.hungarianpresence.ca/Anniversary/newlives.cfm.
For more information on the exhibit click here.
October 1, 2009
The graphic designer and painter József Halmy was born in 1929 in Putnok, in the North of Hungary. In 1945, he was deported to Germany. After World War II, he spent four years in Paris, where he studied at the Ecole de Beaux Arts. In 1952, Halmy emigrated to Canada and from 1962 to 1966 he studied at the Ontario College of Art in Toronto. After his studies, he worked at the National Art Gallery in Ottawa as a painting and paper conservator, all the while continuing to create his own work as an artist and exhibiting in Canada and Hungary. Read more...
November 9th, 2009
“Re: In Situ Exhibition of Contemporary Canadian-Hungarian Artists”
For information about CHAC’s exhibitions in Hungary in the summer and fall of 2009, please click here.
Organized by the Canadian-Hungarian Artists’ Collective (CHAC), this multimedia exhibition will showcase the work of over 40 Canadian- Hungarian artists, highlighting the important role that Hungarian descent artist have played within Canada’s multicultural tapestry. The exhibitions series will travel to public galleries during 2009 and 2010 across Canada and tour the following museums in Hungary: the Muveszetmalom, Szentendre, the Helikon Kastely Muzeum, Keszthely, the REOK Muzeum, in Szeged and finally the Székely Nemzeti Múzeum, in Sepsiszentgyörgy, Romania
CHAC urgently needs your help to realize this unprecedented project. You can make a donation by downloading the fundraising letter and donor form HERE. Otherwise contact CHAC through their website: www.chaccanada.org or CHAC President Andrea Blanar at email@example.com
Click on the above image for the PDF of the Exhibit Flyer.
June 6th, 2009
Toronto Exhibition: HUVAC Invites Toronto and Montreal Artists to the Hungarian Canadian Cultural Centre
From May 3 to 10 Hungarian artists from Montreal and Toronto will have the opportunity to jointly display their work at the Hungarian Cultural Centre in Toronto.
It’s an opportunity for the artists’ organizations in the two centres to develop ties and friendships and discuss future collaborations. Sixty per cent of the sale price of their work will be returned to the artists.
Montreal artists are asked to deliver a small, ready-to-hang work (maximum size, 20” x 30”) on April 27 between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. to the Youth Centre, 90 Guizot St. next to the Hungarian Catholic Church. Artwork must be properly labeled and there will be a transportation fee of $60 per artist.
Toronto artists should take their work and a brief CV and photo of themselves to Hungarian House, 840 St. Clair Ave. West.
To see a video clip of the opening of the exhibition click on this link to the website of Magyar TV in Toronto:
For more information on the Hungarian Visual Artists of Canada association in Toronto, visit their website at
For more information on the Canadian Hungarian Artists’ Collective (CHAC), visit their website at http://chaccanada.org/en/index.htm
The Art Gallery of Hamilton is putting on display its famous “Christ Before Pilate” by one of Hungary’s best-known painters, Mihály Munkácsy. This painting (measuring 4m by 6m) is part of a triptych on Christ’s Passion, the other parts of which are in the Dery Museum in Debrecen, Hungary. The Hamilton work was donated to the Gallery by Joey and Toby Tanenbaum in 2002 and was on loan to the Debrecen gallery for the last few years. Christ Before Pilate will be on display between February 16th and April 27th with a special public lecture on February 28th. For more information visit the Gallery’s website at:
Read Rose Dancs’s review of the Munkacsy exhibit at the Hamilton Art Gallery in Magyar Kronika (in Hungarian) http://www.magyarkronika.com
At the same time as the Munkacsy masterpiece is getting special attention, the Gallery is opening an exhibition by Hungarian Canadian sculptor, Ora Markstein (February 16th – April 27th). Markstein, who came to Canada in the 70’s became an artist in her new homeland. For more information about this show, click here:
Last but not least, we would like to draw the visitor’s attention to our first story Loki Gili, a collection of photos and a mural by Hungarian Canadian Roma - from an exhibition recently held at two Hamilton art galleries.