Forgotten artists showcased at King’s Lynn Arts Centre

Dr Graham Cooley setting up a Post War Hungarian Ceramics exhibition at the King's Lynn Arts Centre.

Dr Graham Cooley setting up a Post War Hungarian Ceramics exhibition at the King's Lynn Arts Centre. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

Forgotten artists who worked in the former Soviet Bloc after the second world war are being showcased at an exhibition at the King's Lynn Arts Cntre.

'Forma Hungarica: Post-War Hungarian Ceramics' is a stunning collection of works from the '50s, '60s and '70s, and marks the fifth fruitful collaboration between collector, Dr Graham Cooley and the arts centre.

In the decades after the war many great artists in Communist Eastern Europe developed their work in isolation from the West.

A spokesman for the arts centre said: 'Interestingly, this also meant isolation from what we might call 'accepted history', because most of these great practitioners have not recently been written about or exhibited.

'The names of most of these artists have disappeared over time, so this show will bring their work the exposure it deserves. Rediscovery and reassessment is an essential part of progress in historical analysis. It is also the most enjoyable part of piecing together information about a new collection of historical objects.'

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The free exhibition, a world first in this area, includes work by Gorka Geza and his daughter, Gorka Livia in the Fermoy Gallery. The main exhibition is the Shakespeare Barn and period literature in the Red Barn.

A book, 'Forma Hungarica: Post-War Hungarian Ceramics', has been published by the arts centre to accompany the exhibition, which is showing from Saturday, May 2 to Saturday, June 20. Opening times are 10am-5pm.

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