press release

Sean Scully: Passenger – a retrospective
14. October 2020 – 31. January 2021

 The Museum of fine Arts – Hungarian National Gallery’s retrospective exhibition of Sean Scully’s oeuvre is the first one in Central Europe. Scully is among the most significant contemporary representatives of abstraction; his art is equally distinguished by formal reduction and a wealth of references, geometric construction and strong self-expression. The show of the Museum of Fine Arts- Hungarian National Gallery surveys all the major periods of the artist’s oeuvre from his early experiments in the 1960s, through the minimalism of the 1970s, and the compositions of the 1980s built from expressive bands and marked by plasticity, to his groups of works associated with window and wall motifs, all the way to his recent turn to figurativity, which came as a surprise to many. The sixty or so works on display will include monumental paintings and paper works as well as sculptural and photographic compositions.

The exhibition explores the way in which Scully reinterprets the traditions of abstraction and broadens its definition: viewed from the perspective of his art, visitors can look at the classical pieces in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts and the history of painting with fresh eyes.

The curator of the exhibition is Dávid Fehér.