The Hungarian National Commission of Fine Arts and exhibition policy: 1920-1940
In the interwar period, the Hungarian government aggressively pursued a policy of cultural diplomacy, an important element of which was “representative” art exhibitions. These exhibitions were organized in various European cities. They sought, through art, to present Hungary as a modern and prosperous state, even as the government itself continually denounced the terrible inequalities of Trianon, which they believed made Hungary untenable as a country. .
These art exhibitions, organized by the Országos képzőművészeti tanács (National Council of Fine Arts), a department of the Ministry of Religion and Education, reflect changes in ministry policy, particularly under Kuno’s tenure. Klebelsberg, as well as general changes in the conception of “Hungarian” art. In this article, Dr. Albert will examine several of these exhibitions, link them to earlier exhibitions, which took place during the Habsburg Monarchy, and show how, in the 1930s, a competing narrative of Hungarian art emerged.
Dr. Samuel D. Albert teaches at the Fashion Institute of Technology and Fordham University. His research focuses on art and architecture at the end of the Habsburg Monarchy and in the successor states, in particular Hungary and Romania. Currently he is engaged in a multi-year project focusing on art exhibitions from 1890-1940, which has been supported by the Frick Collection’s Center for the History of Collecting, the Botttiber Institute for Austro-American Studies, the Academy Hungarian Science Institute, and a Fulbright Fellowship to Hungary.
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