Gábor Bellák

Curator of the Hungarian National Gallery, chief curator since 1997. After graduating from the István Széchenyi Grammar School in Sopron in 1977, he majored in art history and history at the Faculty of Humanities of the Lóránd Eötvös University, Budapest from 1978. He obtained a diploma with summa cum laude.

He worked at various units of the Documentation Major Department (now called Collection Aid Head Department) of the Hungarian National Gallery between May, 1983 and January, 2000. From 1987 he was staff member of the Review Group (from 1989 Work of Art Data Service) until the Data Service was closed down at the end of 1999. He has been working at the Graphic Collection since January, 2000. He has organized and/or took part in the realization of several exhibitions.

He participated at the congress of the International Art Historian’s Committee in Washington in the summer of 1986 on Soros Scholarship. In 1992 he conducted research at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London on a three-month scholarship. In 1995, on the request of the town of Békéscsaba he worked on elaborating the legacy of painter Tibor Jankay in Los Angeles, USA. He held lectures on the genre painting of the Hungarian Biedermeier love theme, as well as on the symbolical interpretation of the dead national hero upon the invitation of the Aesthetic Institute of the University of Mexico in October, 1999 and November, 2001.

He has published several essays on Gyula Benczúr. His illustrated Benczúr-album was published by Corvina Publishing House in 2001.

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