Ata Kandó – Kandó Gyula

Cross Horizon | Ferde horizont

at Szentendre Gallery, Hungary | 2017

Curators: Brigitta Muladi, Fruzsina Kigyós


The painter Gyula Kandó (1908–1968) and his wife, photographer Ata Kandó (1913–2017) had an adventurous life and a heartfelt relationship.

According to his wife, if Gyula Kandó hadn’t had returned to Hungary, he would have become a world-famous abstract painter, just like Kandinsky or Paul Klee. Gyula Kandó’s paintings are represented in the Hungarian National Gallery, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, as well as private collections. 

Ata Kandó (born as Etelka Görög in Budapest, Hungary) had a similarly interesting life and remained active well over the age of 100. She died shortly before her 104th birthday in September 2017. Her career connected her to many of the iconic figures of photography. In Paris, for example, she was assistant and protégé to Robert Capa. After his husband left Paris, she earned her and her children’s living by herself, working as fashion photographer and publishing the photographs that she made during her travels around the world.

curator: Brigitta Muladi, Fruzsina Kigyós

graphic design: Tímea Andorka 

photo: Balázs Deim, Norbert Farkas, Tímea Andorka 

printing: Plot GL, Print City Europe Zrt.

installation: Robin Kecskés, Szilárd Masika

english translation: Kata Pálfy

proofreading: Bori Zelei

restorer: Katalin Lukács, László Schrett

collection manager: Zoltán Herczeg

© the artists