Until the 19th of February of 2012, the Budapest Museum of Fine Arts holds the exhibition ┤El Greco to Rippl-R├│nai┤, which gathers the collection of Marcell J├ínoshalmi Nemes. With this exhibition they attempt to pay a tribute to the patronage of the Hungarian art collector who became a legend in the world of art in the beginning of the 20th century.
The exhibition was titled ┤El Greco to Rippl-R├│nai┤ because it shows the broadness of the contained works in this important collection. For that they┤ve selected 120 objects, among which we can find works by great Italian and Dutch masters, works of Hungarian artists, china, medieval sculptures and other objects of decorative art from different times, catalogues and documents belonging to Nemes.
Marcell J├ínoshalmi Nemes was born in J├ínoshalma, Hungary, in 1866. His becoming of one of the most important patrons and collectors in Hungary and Europe was full of speculations. This meant that his figure become one of the most controversial ones of his time, which made him into a legend, because he opted to finance young Hungarian artists and artists from other nationalities, buying their works so they could carry on their perfectionist studies.
During his life he donated various works of his collection, such as the valuable work by El Greco ┤Mary Magdalene in penitence┤ and another by ├üd├ím M├ínyoki, ┤Ferenc R├ík├│zi┤, which is considered a work of heritage in Hungary of huge value, a gem of Hungarian arts, to the Hungarian Museum of Fine Arts.
His generosity wasn┤t limited to his country. Numerous institutions such as the Munich Museum, the Berlin Museum, the Louvre Museum and the Prado Museum also received donations. Also, various Hungarian institutions, such as the Applied Arts Museum, received donations, and he contributed in a generous way to the foundation of the Kecskem├ęt Photography Gallery, to whom he gave 80 works of his private collection on Hungarian painting in 1911.
Based on this singularity of Nemes, the exhibition is made up by works of his collection belonging to various national and international museums, as well as parts of his collection that are found today in the hands of private collectors. With this, they try to enhance the wealth of the collection and remember his visionary view on art and its preservation for future generations.
In the exhibition we can find works by important 19th and 20th century Hungarian artists, among them works by J├│zsef Rippl-R├│nai, Mih├íly Munk├ícsy, P├íl Szinyei Merse, K├íroly Ferenczy, J├ínos Vaszary, B├ęla Ultz and K├íroly Kernstok among others.
J├│zsef Rippl-R├│nai was born in Kaposv├ír, Hungary, in 1861. Despite his pharmacy studies, he moved to the Art Academy in Munich to study painting and then moved to Paris to study the same subject with Munk├ícsy. Among his greatest painting there┤s ┤My Grandmother┤ and the portrait of the great Hungarian pianist Zdenka Ticharich.
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Translated by: aleixgwilliam