Kohán Gallery
A historic spa town

Kohán Gallery

 

Spring of 2014 saw the full renovations of the Göndöcs Garden. The Kohán
Gallery, as the name indicates, presents works of art created by painter
György Kohan. This marvelous collection has been moved into a larger building than that which was used previously.
The former building has been refurbished as a multi-purpose hall for
cultural events, and is now called Vigadó. In this renovated
building, sparkling again with its old brilliance, a variety cultural
programs and events are regularly organized for both locals and
visitors to our town.
The building was built in 1889 on the drained bed of the Cris River, which is now a
nationalized park of town Gyula. The purpose was to host theater performances, art
programs and music and dance evenings. From 1952-1975 the building, which was
built in neoclassical style with four big white entrance columns, served as
Town Hall. Since 1979 the paintings donated and bequeathed to the town of
Gyula by the painter György Kohan found their home within these walls.
Kohan was born in 1910 in district Gyulavári, the son of a blacksmith from
Baron's Court. His talent was discovered at an early age. When he turned 16
different paintings and works of art were submitted and presented in the cultural
circles of the town. He studied art in Budapest and then in Paris and Rome.
Afterwards he returned to Hungary. According to his testament, the artist
bequeathed 692 paintings and 2215 graphic works to the town of Gyula,  
most of which are on permanent exhibition in the gallery.
 

György Kohán (1910 - 1966) permanent exhibition
  
The painter was born in Gyulavári district of Gyula. The first official
presentation of his took place with the exhibition  entitled "Art in Gyula Friends", 1924. In 
spite of the fact that he came from a poor family and from a more rural
than urban environment, he succeeded in creating a unique
artistic world and indeed one of the most valuable collections of art works in the history of
Hungarian painting. 

f the most valuable collection of art works in the history of
Hungarian painting.

 

His work was appreciated and awarded several times: in 1960, 1964 when he was awarded with the Munkácsy Prize and also in 1966 when the artist was awarded with the Kossuth distinction. In 1965 his work and life paintings were presented at the National Gallery.
In terms of composition and style, two completely different art
styles can be identified throughout his art career. His 'Realistic' style is dominated by
striking vivid colours with thick brush strokes heavy with paint.
His Lyrical style was more about country life with predominantly pastoral
subjects and themes. Both styles are dominated by colour and sometimes created in
tempera or wax, with specific formats and atmosphere - big, fresco-like,
monumental graphical works of art. He is an artist of European importance. His
paintings are unique and inspired partly by the rural Hungarian life, as well as having
French and Mexican influences. The paintings are big, colorful and alive -  genuine
eye catchers.
In the living memory of the artist, The Kohán Gyula Gallery was founded in 1979,
giving life to a permanent exhibition. Since 2014, in an extension of the building of the first
major museum in Békés County, the work of this artist has been exhibited in a new
environment, worthy of its beauty and opulence.

Opening hours
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday: 13:30–18:00
Wednesday, Friday, Sunday: 10:00–13:00
Entry ticket