Seventy years ago, the Nazis began mass extermination of Jewish people in Hungary. Among those sentenced to death was an eminent Hungarian artist Imre Ámos (1907–1944), a drawer and painter, influenced by many art movements, persistently seeking his own style. His works have inspired numerous Hungarian artists, what will be shown at the exhibition in the Jewish Historical Institute.
Imre Ámos, born in 1907, studied at the Technical University in Budapest and then in the Art School there (his teachers included Gyula Rudnay, József Rippl-Rónai and Róbert Berény). Being a member of the New Society of Artists, he spent summer months in a popular city among artists, Szentendre, where he liked to work. A considerable influence on his artwork had a meeting with Chagall which took place in 1937 in Paris. Ámos’s wife was a painter Anna Margit. Throughout World War II he painted his most famous paintings, including Dark Times, Escaping and War.
In 1940, Imre Ámos was taken to a forced labour camp in Vojvodina. When the Soviet army entered the Balkans, the camp was liquidated and the prisoners forced to walk to a concentration camp in Saxony. A few months after an inhuman march Ámos died.
Apart from his drawings, the exhibition in the Jewish Historical Institute will show many works by Hungarian artists who were born after the war and have been referring to Ámos’s artwork. They include: János Aknay(1949), Emese Benczúr (1969), András Böröcz (1956), Pál Deim (1932), Laszlo Fehér (1953), István Haász (1946), István Haraszty (1934), János Kalmár (1952), Tamás Konok (1930), Gábor Kovács-Gombos (1955), Mária Lugossy (1950–2012), Ákos Matzon (1945), István Nádler (1938), Gyula Pauer (1941–2012), Miklós Szüts (1945), Zoltán Tölg-Molnár (1944), Erzsébet Vojnich (1953), István Ézsiás (1943).
The exhibition was organized in cooperation with Hungarian Cultural Centre in Warsaw (www.varso.balassiintezet.hu)