Dubbed Art as Ambassador, the Southport Galleries’ exhibit opening of Hungarian Masterpieces last Friday evening lived up to its engaging title, hosting collectors, gallery owners and curators from Budapest, as well as historians and curators from Connecticut’s Quinnipiac University and its Central European Institute. Fine Hungarian wines imported by Hungarian-born vintner Christian Sauska of Fairfield sparked laughter and lively conversation among gallery goers.
A presentation of the work by co-curator of the forthcoming Paris exhibit, Gergely Barki, prompted colorful anecdotes on the scattered provenance of the work now held in the private collections of Mr. Sauska and Nancy Brinker, a former U.S. ambassador to the Republic of Hungary. As this unique collection of late 19th and early 20th century Hungarian art makes its way to the Paris galleries of the Musée d’Orsay next month for Allegro Barbaro. Béla Bartók and Hungarian Modernity 1905 -1920, don’t miss an opportunity to view highlights locally before the show closes on October 19th.
Fifteen of Hungary’s most important artists are represented in the Southport gallery show, exhibiting a breadth of style and medium to rival the artists’ most noted European contemporaries of the time. Whiffs of Gauguin, Matisse, Franz Marc and Picasso fill the air, rivaling an impromptu salon of which Gertrude Stein would be proud.