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Mária Lugossy: From Public to Private
by Matthew Kangas


Since the fall of communism in Hungary in 1989, Mária Lugossy has been at the forefront of a public art revolution. Discriminated against because she would not join the Communist Party, she flouted pre-1989 authority with glass, bronze, and stone sculptures that treated proto-feminist themes such as the origins of life, conception, and birth, as well as ecological themes. Her post-1989 works address historical issues such as World War II, the Holocaust, and the failed 1956 revolution. As critic Serge Lechaczynski put it, “violence and love, suffering and hope, memory and denial, life and death” appear throughout her work.

Memorial for the Victims of World War II, 1995.
Bronze and granite, 750 x 750 x 120 cm.

Photo: Zoltán Bohus

 


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