Almost 90 works representing the Golden Age of Hungarian Painting (1836-1936) are shown at the exhibition at the Main Building of the National Museum in Krakow. They were selected from the internationally-acclaimed Gábor Kovács Collection, one of the most important private art collections in Hungary, and the collection of modern art at the Hungarian National Gallery.
The exhibition forms part of the celebrations of the Year of Hungarian Culture in Poland. It focuses on the period of 100 years, starting from the birth of national Hungarian painting through the artistic effervescence of fin de siècle to the interwar period, characterised by the coexistence of various trends. The paintings reveal how local trends and motifs were revived in Hungarian art under European influences, resulting in a diversity typical for art of Central Europe.
The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue introducing the history of Hungarian painting during the 19th century and its development in the following century, when it kept up with the latest trends for several decades laying the foundation for today’s attitude to the arts in Hungary. (dd, "Karnet" monthly)