Cabinet Exhibitions of the Museum of Fine Arts, Department of Art after 1800, No. 2.
Monochrome Paintings from The László Vass Collection
16 October 2009 - 16 November 2009
László Vass' activity as a collector began in the mid-1970s on the encouragement of his elderly friend, the artist Jenő Barcsay. His collection initially featured examples of Hungarian abstract art, such as works by Dezső Korniss, Tihamér Gyarmati and Menyhért Tóth, as well as Barcsay. By acquiring works from Adolf Luther and François Morellet, the collection was subsequently enlarged to include foreign material too.
It was first shown in 1996 in the Ernst Museum, Budapest. By the time it was deposited at the Gallery of Modern Arts Veszprém, Hungary, in 2003 it became the country's largest and most varied collection of international and Hungarian constructivist-geometric art. From the mid-1990s Vass' attention increasingly focused on the international scene. The acquisitions of the past ten years (featuring among others Josef Albers, Robert Mangold, Max Bill, Bridget Riley, Peter Haley, Jesús Rafael Soto) can be grouped within the trends of European and American op, kinetic, concrete and minimal art.
The collection in Veszprém can be compared to those of the Espace de l'art concret in Mouans-Sartoux or the Museum Ritter in Waldenbuch. László Vass began collecting international monochrome works in 2005 and has by now assembled a collection unique in Central East Europe. The four artists presented at this exhibition are the most significant representatives and at the same time theoreticians of the movement of radical painting starting in the 1980s.