Adopted Home on the Rhine – The Sculptor and Draughtsman Lajos Barta
The Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck presents the first survey exhibition dedicated to the work of the Hungarian artist Lajos Barta (1899–1986). The exhibition pays homage to the charismatic personality and artist – as well as to his exciting life, which was profoundly marked by the history of the 20th century. The approx. 40 sculptures and 90 drawings were created predominantly in the 1940s and ‘50s. They provide insight into the Surrealist roots of his work and illustrate his path towards abstraction, while at the same time documenting the repressive years of Stalinism in Hungary. A special focus is laid on the models of his sculptural oeuvre, which were realized as monumental sculptures in public spaces both in Hungary and in Barta’s adopted home on the Rhine. Several of these works were created in the Bahnhof Rolandseck, where Barta lived and worked from 1965 through 1967. The exhibition was realized in cooperation with the Donauschwäbisches Zentralmuseum in Ulm.
With the friendly support of the Martin Lantzsch-Nötzel Foundation for the Art of the 1950s.