Dezső Korniss – Cricketdance on the Edge of Existence
Korniss Dezső – Tücsöktánc a lét határán
at Szentendre Gallery, Szentendre, Hungary | 2017
Curator: Emőke Bodonyi
In 2017 the Ferenczy Museum Center, Szentendre showed a selection of works by one of the classics of modern Hungarian art, Dezső Korniss (1908–1984). The exhibition is centered around the painting The Cricket Wedding (Tücsöklakodalom, 1948).
Dezső Korniss went back to Hungarian folk art and integrated it with the language of avant-garde – thus citing the work of Béla Bartók – with the aim of creating a modern Hungarian art. After 1945 Korniss painted several playful surrealist compositions, some of which evoke dramatic associations. One of these is The Cricket Wedding, an allusion to a children’s song – also adapted by Béla Bartók – the protagonists of which are beetles and other animals with human characteristics. But the joyful dance of the surrealistically enlarged figures of this micro-world is interfused by a disturbing sensation of existence in an upside down universe.
The typography of the exhibition title shapes beetle-like creatures from the letters using the form language of avant-garde and the playfulness of nursery rhymes, thus placing the emphasis on the easy-to-understand primary interpretation of The Cricket Wedding.
curator: Emőke Bodonyi
assistant curator: Fruzsina Kigyós
leading coordinator: Gabriella Gergely
graphic design and typography: Tímea Andorka
photos: Balázs Deim, Tímea Andorka
font: Axiforma by Kastelov
marketing and communication: Tímea Andorka, Andrea Csuport, Helga Philipp, Örs Szörényi, Tamás Torma
proofreading: Bori Zelei
installation: Tibor Flóris, Robin Kecskés, Szilárd Masika & Platinum GL
restorers: Krisztina Lővei, Katalin Lukács, László Schrett
collection Manager: Zoltán Herczeg