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Suitcase from the United States

20. June 2019 — 10. November 2019
Esterházy Palace,
Curators: Lucia Gregorová Stach, Alexandra Homoľová

Arnold Peter Weisz-Kubínčan (1898 - 1944) was born into a Jewish family in the town of Usch, Prussia. From 1913 to 1917 he studied sculpture at the School of Arts and Crafts in Budapest. After the war he continued in his studies in Berlin, most probably at a private academy. In Berlin of the 1920s he could be close to the expressionistic tendencies which suited his artistic nature. Weisz-Kubínčan is a unique figure in terms of our modern painting and drawing but also due to his mysticism.

An extensive amount of his artwork, predominantly on paper from Schenectady, Albany (NY) in the US, was generously donated by the Curtis family and represents a rare opportunity to complement the collection of drawings and the Archive of Visual Arts of the Slovak National Gallery by new artwork from the 1920s to the 1940s - paintings, drawings, sketches, sketchbooks and clippings from the period press. As a result of the acquisition of this "suitcase" full of artwork, which was saved after World War II and re-discovered and documented (October 2017), we can learn more about Weisz-Kubínčan's work as well as his tragic fate during the war and its historical context.

 
 
 

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