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Two Generations of Sculptors Against Totalitarianism

There is a saying that the apple does not fall far
from the tree. But there is also an opinion that the talent does not pass from
one generation to the next. So where does the truth lie? We will find out in
the next article about two generations of Hungarian sculptors Jenő and Tibor
Szervátiusz.

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These incredibly talented father and son (so here you
have the answer to the question about talent) have influenced greatly the art
scene of Hungary. We have a unique chance of observing the local tendencies and
history, reflected in the oeuvre of both sculptors, as well as some
international trends in art. The interesting and fascinating part is that even though
the given topics are essential for the particular area, the art objects evolve
into the universally acknowledged and understandable symbols.

The father, Jenő Szervátiusz, was born in 1903 and died in 1983
was highly dedicated to the history and folklore of his home country. It is
necessary to say about the event that influenced him and his son the most.
After the First World War the treaty of Trianon was signed according to which the
Kingdom of Hungary must rewrite its borders. The country had lost 72% of its
territory and more than 3 millions of Hungarians were left outside the country
and attributed to other states. These events affected the nation and left many
people in the state of being left in between countries and citizenships,
including our today’s characters. They were not at home anymore, and they could
not come back. These events left a deep scar on the Hungarian history.

Jenő and Tibor Szervátiusz were among the people left outside of
Hungary, so their oeuvre mainly dedicated to the themes of estrangement and
search for understanding. Jenő’s works concentrated on the folkloric aesthetics and he interlaced it into the canvas of modern art. He worked primarily with wood, stone and bronze.  

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Continued the topic and truly embraced it his son. His famous trio talks about the horrors of totalitarian regimes, about the feeling of isolation and the state opposite to the freedom. 

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The above sculpture goes by the name “On

fiery throne” and reflects of the tendency to put a certain regimes of a pedestal, to exaggerate things that should never been done. It is also associated with the victims of all horrible actions taken by humans in the name of false believes and ideas. 

To the left on the picture above is situated the statue of the cross made out of prison bars with mask faces behind it. It stands for the political convicts and, in general, for all kinds of iron curtains humanity tend to built. The sculpture to the left is Christ without a cross, so he could not resurrect and suffering continues. 

This sculpture is dedicated to the Hungarian composer Béla Bartók to embody his minimalist approach and mesmerizing soul. 

Astonishing works by very talented and dedicated people; sadly, the topics they are trying to pay our attention to are still relevant to our contemporary reality.

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