Endre Rozsda’s fate-boat had set off from Mohács on 18 November 1913 to sail on a stream of life generously rich in turning points to definitively anchor in Paris on 17 September 1999.
Endre Rozsda’s first exhibition in Várfok Gallery, for which the works were selected together by the artist himself and the owner, Károly Szalóky, opened during Spring 1999. It was the first step of a long term cooperation, and was opened just like the “The Parca’s Thread’ jubilee show in 2013 by writer Péter Esterházy.
During the past almost 15 years, the Hungarian public had the opportunity to gradually become more and more aware of Endre Rozsda’s art as following the exhibitions in ’98 at the Kunsthalle (Műcsarnok) and in 2001 at the Fine Arts Museum, Várfok Gallery has presented eight (with the present one nine) individual exhibitions showing Endre Rozsda works. In 2009, a program series of several stages came to life at Várfok Gallery’s initiative, following which in 2011, Várfok organized an Hommage thematic exhibition for Rozsda – Lucid Dream – with the participation of 18 artists. Finally, as a forerunner of the centenary events, Várfok Gallery presented three of Rozsda’s paintings from the European School period at the 2013 edition of Art Paris Art Fair in the French capital.
During almost seven decades of career as a painter, Rozsda has turned from the youngster working with subtle, pastel colours facing a ‘comfortable’ picturesque walk of life to an artist having created a language and a dimension of his own, being recognized and acknowledged by the pope of French surrealism, Breton and his court. Rozsda was ceaselessly searching, working on generating the new. The notion of ‘time’ is unavoidable when speeking of Rozsda’s œuvre, in fact it is one of the cogwheels of his art. Time appeared to him as a continuous dimension, and even more: in Rozsda’s art, it is the artwork which records the transient, it is through the painting that new is woven, new i.e. future. Time is functionning as a third dimension in his works replacing perspective: time becomes space, thus Rozsda captures the ‘pearls of time’ by means of his works.
The centenary exhibition in Várfok Gallery will open on 11th of September 2013 with the title ‘Rozsda 100 – The Parca’s Thread’. The show will focus on works which excepted from only a few were never presented before, i.e. the public will be allowed to encounter these Rozsda works for the first time.
The selection for the exhibition was made together with the legatee of the Rozsda œuvre in Paris. The dates of the two significant works Broken Symmetry and Babylon frame in time the other paintings part of the show: beside the two well-know works, all together nine paintings never shown before will be presented to the public from an entity made in 1977 during Rozsda’s trip the USA. That year, the Hungarian painter spent several months as the guest of Françoise Gilot in California.
The exhibition’s other part is composed of a graphical entity containing such particularities as the work titled ‘Cavalcade Around the Sun’, a work which will evoke in the spectator the colour orgy and organic pulsing of the ‘European School’ period from the end of 40s. In the meantime, following the ‘thread of time’ lined up by the paperworks, the motifs unfolding in front of the spectator are little known yet and wait to be discovered.
The joy of painting emanates from Rozsda’s canvases, while one would perceive the infinite world of his imagination by immersing the ethereal depth of his drawings.
‘I am the Parca who is spinning the thread of time, generating new things, not the one who ends them’, said once the Hungarian painter who would celebrate this year his centennial birthday.
The exhibition presented at Várfok Gallery will forerun the big Endre Rozsda exhibition at the Hungarian National Gallery opening in November – Várfok’s exhibition will run parallel with the one at the National Gallery for one week. The jubilee book published by Várfok Gallery on the occasion of the centenary is to be expected around mid-november. The exhibition was sponsored by National Cultural Fund and Budavár Municipality.