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Ludwig Museum To Put On Exhibitions Ranging From Soviet-Russian To Pop Art In 2015

Ferenc Sullivan 2015.01.05.

Highlights of Budapest Ludwig Museum of Contemporary Art (LUMÚ) for 2015 will include major exhibitions about cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond, on Soviet-Russian art and pop-art, the museum’s director said.

A spring exhibition will be dedicated to Hungarian-born Oscar-winning cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond, Júlia Fabényi said. The exhibition opening on 10 April as part of the Budapest Spring Festival will for the first time show 150 photos by Zsigmond, spanning the period from the 1940s to today. Zsigmond’s work on major Hollywood films, such as The Deer Hunter, Close Encounters of the Third Kind and The Black Dahlia, will be gems to look out for, she said.

LUMÚ will next host a large-scale exhibition on Stalinist Soviet-Russian art, putting on display several pieces collected by Peter and Irene Ludwig, the museum’s founders. It will run from May to September.

A third major exhibition will feature pop-art showing international titles by Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, Claes Oldenburg, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg and Mimmo Rotella, as well as Hungary’s Ilona Keserű, Gyula Konkoly and László Lakner.

In an interview given to the state news agency MTI, the director, who has completed her first full year leading the Ludwig Museum, also spoke of the successes of last year. Among 2014’s nine grand exhibitions, she emphasised the portrayal of the Beat generation and the work of Allen Ginsberg, while the exhibition entitled “Transition and Transition”, organised together with Croatian partners, which marked an opening towards the Balkan region.

Ms. Fabényi said that the highlght of 2014 was the first retrospective exhibition of the works of Simon Hantai, the Hungarian painter who rose to world fame in France, adding that the exhibition of Hungarian painter Ernő Tolvaly’s masterpieces was also very important because it marked the introduction of a member of the second neo-Avantgarde generation to the public, she added.

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