An exhibition presenting the roots and traditions of Roma culture through the works of Hungarian painter and poet János Balázs (1905-1977) has opened in Brussels, the director of the Hungarian Cultural Center in Brussels said on Tuesday.
The exhibition showcases the works of Balázs which can be considered the foundations of Roma painting, Adrienne Burányi told MTI.
Balázs, who lived a life of solitude, began painting at the age of 63, Burányi said. Known for his use of vibrant colours and archaic shapes, Balazs was active for eight years, producing more than 300 paintings and releasing two poetry collections during this time, she said.
“The surrealist paintings combining the mystical world of Gypsy stories and elements of reality are considered a real curiosity in Belgium, the birthplace of surrealism and home of surrealist artist Rene Magritte,” Burányi said.
The exhibition will be on display until March 8, she said, adding that the closing event will feature readings of Balázs’s poetry.
featured image: János Balázs’s statue and some of his works in Salgótarján; via Péter Komka/MTI