Pompidou Acquires Key Hungarian Artwork of Riots

  • 4 Apr 2024 7:33 AM
  • Hungary Around the Clock
Pompidou Acquires Key Hungarian Artwork of Riots
A painting by László Lakner, one of the most important artists of the Hungarian neo-avant-garde, has been included in the prestigious collection of the Pompidou Centre in Paris.

The now 88-year-old artist created Barikád, one of the key works of his photorealist era, in 1972.

The painting refers to the 1968 student riots in Paris, but it also secretly evokes the Budapest uprising of 1956. The cobblestones seen in the painting are a new-left version of the cube motif of minimal art and also allude to a motif of Socialist Realism, the "weapon of the proletariat".

Lakner was among the first artists to rethink and reinterpret this motif, according to Telex.

Barikád entered the collection of the Pompidou through the mediation of the Hungarian members of the Central European Acquisition Committee.

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