The retrospective exhibition of Lajos Gulácsy, one of the most unique figures of twentieth-century Hungarian art, opens in the National Gallery from 6 April 2023. The large-scale show of some two hundred works, including eighty-four paintings, reveals the diversity of Gulácsy’s profound art by highlighting new contexts. Besides the many well-known masterpieces, visitors can view several recently identified works. His paintings, drawings, and illustrations are complemented by Gulácsy’s manuscripts, photographs taken of him and characteristic works by his contemporaries.
The exhibition presents the many colours of Gulácsy’s oeuvre arranged in several sections, its connections with the art of the past and the present, and with his contemporaries. Gulácsy’s self-portraits, his home, Italy, and the artistic periods he evoked are shown in separate chapters, and so are his theatrical and literary connections, his illustrations, his drawings of Na’Conxypan, as well as the last period of his oeuvre with images of war that convey with dramatic force the artist’s ever-gloomier state of mind.
GULÁCSY. The Prince of Na’Conxypan. The Art of Lajos Gulácsy (1882–1932),Hungarian National Gallery, 7 April – 27 August 2024