UA-8412995-1 The Southport Globe: SOUTHPORT GALLERIES and Quinnipiac University’s Central European Institute announce a Special Art Exhibition - 9/27 - 10/19

Thursday, September 26, 2013

SOUTHPORT GALLERIES and Quinnipiac University’s Central European Institute announce a Special Art Exhibition - 9/27 - 10/19

 
SOUTHPORT GALLERIES and Quinnipiac University’s Central European Institute announce a Special Art Exhibition:  ART AS AMBASSADOR:  HUNGARIAN MASTERPIECES FROM THE NANCY G. BRINKER AND CHRISTIAN L. SAUSKA COLLECTIONS“ to be exhibited at Southport Galleries, 330 Pequot Avenue, Southport, Connecticut, September 27 – October 19, 2013
 
Art as Ambassador, a rare collection of Hungarian masterworks, showcases 15 of Hungary’s most important artists from the late 19th-century to the present who worked alongside their French and other European counterparts. A highlight of the exhibition is József Rippl-Rónai [1861 – 1927], the father of his country’s modernist art movement whose work headlined this summer’s Impressionist exhibit at the Hungary National Museum in Budapest. The 26 masterpieces of Art as Ambassador include large-scale scenes, nudes, watercolors and ink drawings and represent impressionist and other dominant and Avant-garde styles such as Bauhaus, Cubism, Expressionism and Fauvism.
“Art as Ambassador” is an initiative by the Central European Institute at Quinnipiac University to share the cultures and histories of the region through art.  The inaugural exhibit is being installed for the first time at Southport Galleries in Southport, Connecticut and opens to the public, Friday, September 27 6-8PM with a special presentation by Gergely Barki, Budapest’s leading art historian and curator at Research Centre for the Humanities, Hungarian Academy of Sciences.
“The idea behind the ‘Art as Ambassador’ project comes from Nancy G. Brinker, whose collection was born soon after she arrived in Budapest as United States Ambassador,” said Honorary Hungarian Consul in Connecticut Christopher Ball, who also is director of the Central European Institute at Quinnipiac. “It is through their art that she first came to know and understand the Hungarian people.  For decades, Christian L. Sauska has been a leader in sharing Hungary’s cultural patrimony through his stellar collection shown around the world.”
“We are honored that Quinnipiac University chose Southport Galleries to exhibit Art as Ambassador,” said owner, Sissy Biggers.  “We are awed by the collections and thrilled to bring these treasures of Hungarian art and culture to Connecticut.”
For more information:
Admission is free. Southport Galleries is open Tuesday-Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information on the exhibit, call 203-292-6124.
 

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