Our next virtual event presents a lecture by Dr. Arie Hartog, director of the Gerhard-Marcks-Haus in Bremen (Germany), who presents recent research on an artist who deserves to be better known:
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 15 ONLINE
12:00 pm EST / 18:00 Uhr CET
”PETER LASZLO PERI (1899-1967).
AN HUNGARIAN-BORN ARTIST IN BERLIN AND LONDON”
Peter László Péri, Sadness, 1938–1945, pigmented and painted concrete, 52 × 40 × 60 cm. Photo: Jake Wallters © Peter László Péri Estate, London
Peter László Péri was born Ladislas Weisz in Budapest in 1889. Peri became the Hungarianized family name in 1918. In 1919 he participated in the Hungarian soviet republic. In 1920 he came to Berlin. At the beginning of 1933 he, Jew and Communist, had to and could leave Germany and moved to London with his second, English wife.
These brief key data show a typical biography for Jewish artists in Europe, and they also explain why they are hardly noticed. Despite all the methodological innovations and assurances, art history is still written primarily according to national patterns. And artists who were forced to move through Europe fall through the cracks. Hungarian and German art history is mostly interested in Péri before 1933, English in the artist after 1933.