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List of Fonds: MDK-C-I-11



  • MDK-C-I-11

  • Title
    Art publicist and critic Ernő Kállai’s bequest
  • Quantity / Provenance / Document types, inclusive dates
    1742 items, 19 folders, 1 graphics box + 1 uninventoried folder / Purchase, 1962 / Letters, manuscripts, typescripts, notes, drafts, clippings, photos, drawings, 1924-54
  • Description
    This eminently important collection includes the bequest of Ernő Kállai, one of the most important theoreticians of Constructivism who lived and worked in Germany from 1920 until 1935. Very interesting are the letters of Ewald Mataré, Max Bill, Fritz Kuhr, Fritz Winter, Vantongerloo, Vordemberge-Gildewart, Julius Tinzmann, Gerhard Marcks, Ferdinand Möller written to Kállai. His autobiography, correspondence with Hungarian artists, hand-written notes, the manuscript of his unfinished work, "Zeichen und Bilder" (in German and in Hungarian), manuscripts of his articles and essays, newspaper clippings of his publications are also in this group. Kállai’s collection of photographs on the works of international and Hungarian artists in the 20th century and photographs documenting the relationship between art and natural sciences are worthy of mentioning.
    This collection includes original drawings and prints by Vantongerloo, Fritz Kuhr, Sándor Bortnyik, Lajos Tihanyi, Alfréd Forbát, Ferenc Martyn etc.
  • Bibliography
    F. Mihály Ida: A “Bauhaus”-szal kapcsolatos levelek, Kállai Ernő hagyatékából, Művészettörténeti Dokumentációs Központ Közleményei, 1963/3; Kállai Ernő: Művészet veszélyes csillagzat alatt, szerk.: Forgács Éva, Budapest, 1981; Ernst Kállai: Vision und Formgesetz, Hrsg.: Tanja Frank, Leipzig und Weimar, 1986; Gábor Pataki: Der Nachlass von Ernő Kállai im Archiv des Instituts für Kunstgechichte der Ungarischen Akademie der Wissenschaften Budapest, Acta Historiae Artium, Tom. XXXVI., Fasc. 1-4., 1993, Gábor Andrási: Works of Graphic Arts from the Heritage of Ernst Kállai, ibidem.
  • Description by
    Gábor Pataki