Uitz, Béla Temes-Mehala, 1887 - 1972, Budapest
He entered the Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts in 1908, after a year at the Hungarian National School of Applied Arts. Took a study trip to Italy in 1914. His awareness of the formal language of avant-garde art was raised through the wash-drawings of his friend Jüzsef Nemes Lampérth. He joined the Kassák circle, and soon became the co-editor of the journal "MA". He was a member of the group Young and "The Seven", and worked in the artist colony of Kecskemét in 1916 and 1917. During the Hungarian Soviet Republic he designed panoramas and canvassing posters, so after the fall he emigrated, first to Vienna, and then on to Berlin. He visited Moscow in 1921, and the sight, and structural form of the churches and icons of the Eastern Church did have an effect upon his art, which was expended in a couple of series. He worked again in Vienna from 1922 to 1924, becoming one of the directors of the journal Egység (Unity), publishing and annotating the manifestos of the Russian constructivists. He then spent two years in Paris, and lived in the Soviet Uion from 1926 to 1970. During his stay there his work was either acknowledged with commissions, honours and appointments to professorship at the Academy, or else it was fitted to other designs through impossible circumstances and imprisonment.
Bibliography: Uitz, ed. Körner Éva, Budapest, Corvina, 1967. o Bajkay, Éva: Uitz Béla, (Szemtől Szemben), Budapest, Gondolat, 1974. o R. Bajkay, Éva: Uitz Béla, Budapest, Corvina, 1977. o Uitz Múzeum Pécs, ed. Romváry Ferenc, Pécs, JPM, 1978. o Bajkay, Éva: Uitz Béla, Budapest, Képzőművészeti, 1987. o Béla Uitz, Arbeiten auf Papier aus den Jahren 1913-1925, Budapest- -Wien-Moskau-Paris, ed. Bajkay Éva, exhibition: Bécs, Graphische Sammlung Albertina, 1991), exhibition cat., Budapest, Új Művészet, 1991.
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