The glass sculptures of Zoltán Bohus and Mária Lugossy for the last time in Hungary at the exhibition of Ybl Buda Creative House

The latest exhibit of Ybl Buda Creative House will open on 25 September introducing the sculptures of the artist couple Zoltán Bohus and Mária Lugossy, accessible for the public for the last time in Hungary. In the exhibition space international grand master of 3D building projection mapping, Zsolt László Bordos will complete the GENESIS exhibition experience of the NAUTILUS Project with his internal light installation.


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Eleven pieces of the transcendent human tale written with light and glass by Mária Lugossy and Zoltán Bohus, exhibited in the classy building of Ybl Buda Creative House invite visitors to a journey overarching an exciting universe. The exhibited works of art are not simply sculptures; every one of them tells an individual story. The “imprint” of the progressive artistic aspirations of the last third of 20th century and the first decade of new millennium can be admired at the exhibition, more precisely their embodiment in sculptures. The exhibited 11 works can be seen for the last time in Hungary before they are moved to their final location in the US, the collection of a newly established contemporary glass art museum. 

“I have been working with glass for quite some time, because I believe, notions such as space and time – generally considered as unsuitable for being expressed via sculpting – can indeed be approached with this extraordinary material”, said Zoltán Bohus in his book summarizing his artistry and published in 2009. The dimension of space and time, the notion of their incomprehensibility were similarly central in the art of Mária Lugossy. Both of them would work with glass as a raw material in a playful manner, and transformed it into forms, sculptures, stories and reflections. As each and every piece of art of the artist couple significantly reflects on the world and also tries to absorb it, together with the emotions, tensions and questions of people living in their age. Their glass sculptures are sort of notes, messages about the age and the society they were born in.  By gazing over these works of art, space makes a move together with its spectators and time also starts to make a shift. Light glinting, sometimes disappearing or just the opposite, sharply bursting out in and from the sculptures behaves as if it terminated the boundaries of dimensions, space and time. 

The unique works created by this extraordinary glass sculptor couple, Zoltán Bohus (1941-2017) and Mária Lugossy (1950-2012) nowadays enrich the most remarkable public and private collections all around the world, including the Louvre, the British Museum, the Corning Museum of Glass, the Kunstpalast Düsseldorf, the Suntory Museum, the Yokohama Museum, as well as in Hungary the Hungarian National Gallery, the King St. Stephen Museum and the Mihály Munkácsy Museum. Zoltán Bohus used to teach at the Silicate Department of the former Hungarian College of Applied Arts for 44 years, from 1966 until his retirement in 2010, where he was entrusted by Professor György Z. Gács to establish and develop an individual discipline focusing on glass. His workmanship was awarded by the Artist of the Nation Award and the Kossuth Prize, among others. Mária Lugossy created major works of art for public display, including the digital rotational clock at Nyugati tér, Budapest in the 1970s, the Millennium Monument on the main square of Veszprém, the memorial in Székesfehérvár commemorating the victims of WWII, the memorial entitled Light of the Revolution 1956 (at Kossuth tér and later at Nagy Imre tér), and the Holocaust Monument in the Tata synagogue. Her artistry was acknowledged by the Merited Artist and the Munkácsy awards.

At the exhibition visitors can see the 1:100 model of the Spatial Spiral European Contemporary Glass Art Museum, the form of which was inspired by the sculpture “Spatial Spiral No. 2” (1978) by Zoltán Bohus. 

The NAUTILUS project of the Bohus-Lugossy Foundation is launched with the “Genesis” exhibition; the very goal of the project is to familiarise a wider Hungarian audience with the first 50 years’ history of contemporary Hungarian autonomous glass sculpture and its success story, to provide support and subsidization for contemporary artists, and to establish an individual contemporary museum for glass art. 

The exhibition will be opened by main organizer Eszter Bohus, following the welcoming words of artistic director Kata Kaiser Vizi, then two further speeches will follow delivered by art historian Katalin T. Nagy and architect András Dobos from LAB5 Architects.

Co-operating partner of Ybl Buda Creative House in organizing the exhibition were the Bohus-Lugossy Foundation for Contemporary Glass Art and the Dentons law firm. The exhibition is sponsored by the MNB Foundations. 

The exhibition is open for the public until 11 October, free of charge.