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Their Safe Haven Book Launch

Thursday, 20 September 2018, 6.30 pm
Hungarian Cultural Centre London

10 Maiden Lane, London WC2E 7NA




Their Safe Haven: British-Hungarian Artists 1930 - 1980


Enjoy a glass of Hungarian wine while listening to Bartók violin duets and hear the fascinating story of 14 Hungarian-born artists who made their lives in Britain during the 1930s.

In April 1943, amid the turmoil of the Second World War, the Hungarian Club moved to new premises at 33 Pembridge Square, London W2. An inaugural exhibition, organised by the émigré critic and publisher Charles Rosner, included graphics by 14 Hungarian-born artists living in Britain, namely Joseph Bato, painter and movie art director; Klara Biller, graphic designer; Val Biro, illustrator and author; George Buday, painter, wood engraver and founder of the Hungarian Cultural Institute; Imre Goth, portrait painter and inventor; Imre Hofbauer, painter and book illustrator; Peter Lambda, sculptor; Lili Markus, ceramicist; George Mayer-Marton, painter and teacher; Henry Ripszam, painter and sculptor; Jean-Georges Simon, painter and teacher; Istvan Szegedi-Szuts, painter, teacher and author; Paul Vincze, medallist; Akos Zsoter, painter.

A book to be released by curator, journalist and author Robert Waterhouse, will mark 75 years from the original exhibition, 50 years from the death of Jean-Georges Simon (who lived in Harrogate for his final 25 years) and the centenary of the end of the First World War (seven of the 14 fought on the Austro-Hungarian side).

Exiled from their homeland and from continental Europe, they embraced British life with enthusiasm and enterprise. In the difficult post-war years, when returning to Communist Hungary was hardly an option and when both Britain and the art world were changing rapidly, they retained motive and focus. They were highly creative – as the book will demonstrate.

Please note that since the event is fully booked, registration has been closed.




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