With thousands of works from forty galleries, including paintings by Simon Hantai and Judit Reigl, and silverware by Ferenc Kossuth, the Art and Antique exhibition and fair will be open to visitors between February 29 and March 3, at the Bálna Budapest.
Art and Antique is also organizing an online charity auction this year to raise money for the Foundation for the Ballet Students of the Hungarian State Opera, the organizers wrote in a statement. At the classical and contemporary art event, the Kálmán Makláry Fine Arts Gallery will exhibit Judit Reigl’s (1923-2020) 1955 work Black Explosion, of great interest from an art historian and art collector’s point of view. This artwork by the internationally renowned figure of Hungarian contemporary painting was completed during one of the most important periods of her oeuvre. Some of her works are part of the collections of the Metropolitan Museum, the Guggenheim, and the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, and the Center Pompidou in Paris.
Initio Arts & Design will bring a painting by one of the most famous Hungarian abstract painters, Simon Hantai (1922-2008), to the annual fair of the Hungarian art market. The 1971 artwork, worth around HUF 100 million (around EUR 258,500 / 1 EUR=387 HUF), was found after more than 50 years in a private collection in France. Hantai’s previous record was HUF 1.4 billion, which was paid for one of his works at an auction abroad. His paintings were recently shown at the Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris, the world-famous Gagosian Gallery in Rome, at the Palace of Art’s Judit Reigl exhibition, and a group exhibition at HAB in Budapest.
The Nemes Gallery brings to the fair, among other works, one of the most important works of Gyula Batthyány’s (1887-1959) oeuvre, the painting Storm at the Horse Race. Hidden for nearly 100 years, it is one of Batthyány’s most modern works, bearing the hallmarks of Art Deco. The painting was previously owned by an American oil magnate.
Alongside the paintings, furniture, sculptures, antique books, jewellery, and carpets will also be on display.
The Nudelman Numismatica stand will also display two woven works by Ilona Keserü (born 1933), based on her painting We’re going to Szentendre! (1979).
A 12-piece dinner set decorated with the Kossuth family coat of arms will also be on display. The original 230-piece silver dinner set, preserved in a four-drawer wooden box covered with deerskin, may have belonged to Ferenc Kossuth (1841-1914), former Minister of Trade of Hungary, and is worth HUF 16.5 million.
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