The first retrospective exhibition by a U.S. museum of the work of Hungarian artist Judit Reigl is underway through May 29 at the Allen Memorial Art Museum.
Reigl is one of the foremost figures of European painting to emerge in the second half of the 20th century.
“Judit Reigl: Body of Music” features paintings and works on paper from major public and private collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, and the Centre Pompidou in Paris.
Born in 1923, Reigl escaped from behind the Iron Curtain in 1950 and arrived in Paris, where she first exhibited her work four years later. She has maintained a home and studio outside the city since 1963 and today, in her 90s, continues to make art.
Best known for her non-objective paintings, Reigl’s creative approach has ranged from surrealist automatism to explorations of the border between the figurative and abstract.
The body has always been central to Reigl’s art as both subject and tool. She often engages her entire body to produce large, vigorously-painted canvases.
Music is likewise a recurring element in Reigl’s work. In her “Writing after Music” series of ink drawings, lines of organic forms may be read as a musical score.
The exhibition is curated by Denise Birkhofer, Ellen Johnson ‘33 Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art. Support for the exhibition was provided by the Fonds de Dotation Judit Reigl.
The AMAM is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1-5 p.m. on Sundays.
Photo courtesy of the Allen Memorial Art Museum “Entrance/Exit,” was made by Reigl between 1986 and 1988.