RELATIONS between Slovakia and Hungary took another step forward after the opening of an exhibition of monographs by László Mednyánszky (1852-1919) at the Hungarian National Gallery in Budapest, with the inclusion of works from both Slovak and Hungarian collections, the TASR news agency reported.
After the exhibition ends on February 8, 2004, more than 400 paintings and drawings by this important central European artist will move to Bratislava's Slovak National Gallery (SNG). In autumn it will travel to Vienna's Oberes Belveder.
It took two years for the Hungarian and Slovak experts to put the mutual project together. The exhibition has historical importance since Slovakia and Hungary have previously presented the artist's work separately, states SNG.
"For decades it was disputed where [the artist] belongs. We solved it by deciding that he is part of our common culture and history," the SNG director, Katarína Bajcurová, told TASR.
Mednyánszky was born in the western Slovak village of Beckov, and was brought up in a mansion in Strážky, close to Kežmarok, near the High Tatras. He worked and lived in Zurich, Budapest, Vienna, and Paris.
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