• Nancy G. Brinker Opens Hungarian Art Collection Exhibit to Benefit Susan G. Komen in Connecticut

    Largest Exhibition of Hungarian Art Ever Exhibited in U.S.

    DALLAS – September 26, 2013 – Nancy G. Brinker, founder and chair of global strategy for Susan G. Komen, opens an exhibit of her Hungarian masterpieces at the Southport Galleries on Thursday, September 26 in Southport, CT. The evening opening reception for the exhibit will raise funds for the Susan G. Komen affiliate in Connecticut to help educate women about breast health and provide research funding.

    The exhibit, "Art as Ambassador: Hungarian Masterpieces from the Nancy G. Brinker and Christian L. Sauska Collections," is the largest collection of Hungarian masterworks ever exhibited in the United States, showcasing 15 of Hungary's most important artists from the late 19th century to the present. The exhibit will open to the public on Sept. 27 and run thru October 17.

    “I am thrilled to be able to share these wonderful works of art and to help provide funding for community breast health in Connecticut and funds for breast cancer research nationwide,” said Brinker, who served as U.S. Ambassador to Hungary from 2001 to 2003.

    "Art as Ambassador" is a new initiative by the Central European Institute  at Quinnipiac University designed to share the cultures and histories of the region through their art. This collection is being installed for the first time at the prestigious Southport Galleries, providing a venue and a focal point for the public to explore the Hungarian culture through art and additional events, including an evening of Hungarian wine, a lecture on Hungarian art history and a Hungarian-language closing reception.

    "The idea behind the 'Art as Ambassador' project comes from Nancy G. Brinker, whose collection of Hungarian art was born soon after she arrived in Hungary 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 began to understand the Hungarian people."

    Her art will be showcased with Christian L. Sauska, a leader in sharing Hungary's cultural patrimony through his stellar collection shown around the world.

    These Hungarian artists worked alongside their French and other European counterparts and exhibited at the great exhibitions of the 20th century.  A highlight of the collection is József Rippl-Rónai [1861 - 1927], the father of his country's modernist art movement and whose work headlined this summer's Impressionist exhibit at the Hungary National Museum in Budapest. The 26 masterpieces of "Art as Ambassador" also represent other dominant and Avant Garde styles such as Bauhaus, Cubism, Expressionism and Fauvism.

    In addition to several large-scale scenes, portraits, nudes and still life works in oil, the exhibit includes sketches, pencil drawings, ink, watercolor and pastels. Another highlight of these prestigious private collections is the opportunity to appreciate the breadth of several individual artists in mini-collections of their work.