Toyen’s Dream Has Flown All the Way to Budapest
The Pudil Family Foundation has put on loan from its collection Toyen’s painting Dream (1937) for the retrospective exhibition Shadow on Stone – The Art of Lili Ország (1926-1978) in the Hungarian National Gallery in Budapest. The Hungarian surrealist artist Lili Ország drew inspiration from Giorgio de Chirico and Paul Devaux, as well as from her Czech artistic forerunner Marie Čermínová, known under the pseudonym Toyen.
Both Toyen and Lili Ország had a strong sense of composition, used mineral and organic elements, painted in intense deep colours and preferred night settings. Ország’s paintings and collages transport us to the universe of Toyen – it is impossible to overlook the parallels between Ország’s Pink Dress (1956) and Toyen’s Dream (1937). Through their pseudonyms the two artists found new free identities; through their paintings both revealed to us their most secret inner worlds.
You can read more about the influence of Toyen on Lili Ország in an article here by Christelle Havranek, curator of Kunsthalle Praha. The exhibition Shadow on Stone – The Art of Lili Ország (1926-1978) can be viewed in the Hungarian National Gallery in Budapest until 1 May 2017.
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