József Rippl – Rónai, the first master of Hungarian modern painting
In April and May 2018, in the framework of the international collaboration programme of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia, the Modern Gallery put on the exhibition József Rippl-Rónai, First Master of Hungarian Modern Painting. The exhibition, which has been devised and created by Melinda Géger, János Horváth and the director of the Modern Gallery Biserka Rauter-Plančić, is being produced in collaboration with the Rippl – Rónai Gallery of Káposzvar and presents more than seventy classic works by the artist, oil paintings and pastels from the holdings of the Hungarian museum.
For their patronage of the exhibition and invaluable assistance in its production, the Modern Gallery is very grateful to the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia, the city of Zagreb, Privredna banka Zagreb, Principal sponsor of the Modern Gallery, the Hungarian Institute and the Embassy of Hungary in Zagreb, as well as to the city of Káposzvar and Somogy County.
The works of József Rippl Rónai, one of the most important Hungarian artists from the age of modernism in the visual arts have also been put into the exhibition Beyond Klimt – New Horizons in Central Europe in the Belvedere in Vienna. Shown at the same exhibition are works of Croatian painting greats Milivoj Uzelac, Self-Portrait in Front of a Bar, 1923 and Vilko Gecan’s The Cynic, 1921, from the holdings of the Modern Gallery.
Photo credit: Dénes Rónai (black and white photography)
Melinda Géger (color photography)