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Famous Hungarian Painter Tamás Hencze Has Died at 79

By Abraham Vass // 2018.01.22.

Famous Hungarian painter Tamás Hencze passed away on Sunday morning at the age of 79. The funeral ceremony will take place at a later date. 

Hencze was born in Szekszárd on the 6th of March, 1938. He worked for years as a graphic desginer and decorator. From 1960 on, he was a member of the legendary artists’ group the Zugló Circle. In 1966 he got to know Dezső Korniss, another famous Hungarian painter, whom he regarded as his master. In 1980, he was one of the designers of the Hungarian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. In 2004 he won the Kossuth prize, Hungary’s most prestigious cultural award.

He had several collective and independent exhibitions, both in Hungary and abroad. Berlin, Munich, Stockholm, Basel, London, Amsterdam, Rome, Seoul, Tokyo and Mexico City are just some of the cities he displayed in. While in Hungary he held exhibitions in the National Gallery and the Kunsthalle in Budapest, as well as in Székesfehérvár, Pécs, Szeged and Debrecen.

Tamás Hencze: Parallel lights. Image: Deák Erika Galéria

His works can be found in the collections of the Albertina and Museum des 20. Jahrhunderts of Vienna, the Musée d’art moderne et contemporain of Saint-Étienne, France, and the Folkwang Museum in Essen, Germany. His work is also in permanent collections in Hungarian museums as well, such as the Ludwig Museum, the Lajos Kassák Memorial Museum, the Szombathely Art Gallery, and the Mihály Munkácsy Museum of Békéscsaba.


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