Chongqing - On November 21, the Chongqing Yuelai Art Museum proudly inaugurated two distinguished Hungarian contemporary art exhibitions: "Meditation—Journey and Return of ATTILA JANOS KONNYU" (referred to as "Meditation") and "THE JOURNEY—JÁNOS FAJÓ AND THE PESTI WORKSHOP" (referred to as "The Journey").
These exhibitions are organized to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the birth of the iconic Hungarian poet Sándor Petöfi and form a part of the 2023 Western China Hungarian Cultural Festival - Autumn of Budapest.
The "Meditations" exhibition showcases 103 pivotal works by Attila Janos Konnyu in video and painting, spanning over four decades. Renowned for his vibrant abstract style, Konnyu's art is a kaleidoscope of colors and brushstrokes, evoking profound emotional resonance and a spiritual awakening in viewers.
The predominant use of red and blue hues underscores his exploratory journey through color and deeply conveys his nuanced understanding of life and love. Konnyu's works offer more than visual splendor; they deeply engage the viewer's soul, transforming each painting into a conduit between the heart and the eyes. This enriching exhibition is scheduled on display until February 28, 2024.
On the other hand, the exhibition of "The Journey" features the creations of János Fajó and the PESTI Workshop. It uses geometric abstraction to unfold an artistic tapestry that stretches across the Eurasian continent, symbolizing the cultural synergy between China and Hungary.
Fajó's use of vividly saturated colors and bold geometric lines offers a unique perspective on the vibrancy of life and the splendor of nature. His works encapsulate Hungarian art's rich heritage and are a conduit for cultural exchange and global learning. This captivating exhibition is available for viewing until December 7.
This year commemorates the 74th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and Hungary, coinciding with the 10th anniversary of the Belt and Road Initiative. Hungary, a crossroads of Eastern and Western cultures, has seen its cultural and artistic exchanges with China flourish through collaborative efforts. This exhibition is a testament to such progress, showcasing an array of masterpieces by numerous Hungarian artists.
Utilizing color and geometric abstraction, imbued with significant national essence, these artists present a captivating feast of abstract art to the audience. Moreover, the exhibition establishes a platform for cultural exchange and mutual learning between the peoples of China and Hungary.
This exhibition represents a magnificent assembly of Hungarian artistry and a pivotal portal for cultural exchange between China and Hungary. By showcasing these influential works, the Chongqing Yuelai Art Museum offers the public a unique glimpse into Hungarian art. It also establishes a dynamic platform for fostering cultural understanding and interaction between the two nations.
Attila Janos Konnyu shared his deep connection with Chongqing, saying, "This is my seventh visit to Chongqing, and it's the second time the 'Meditation' exhibition is showcased here. My affection for this city stems from how closely it resonates with the essence of my paintings. Much of my inspiration is drawn from nature, and Chongqing's beautiful rolling hills captivate me."
His journey in 2019 allowed him to immerse himself in Chongqing's traditional arts. This experience reinforced his belief in the profound harmony resonating between China and Hungary. He expressed his amazement and joy at the Chinese people's appreciation and understanding of his art, saying, "It's surprising and heartening to see that the Chinese not only like my paintings but also love and understand the world in a way that resonates with my art."
This exhibition, featuring masterpieces by Hungarian national treasure artists Attila Janos Konnyu and János Fajó, is set to be a visual delight for Chongqing residents and art enthusiasts alike. It will undoubtedly play a significant role in enhancing the cultural and artistic exchanges and cooperation between China and Hungary.
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