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Peter László Péri (1899-1967): A Hungarian-born Artist in Berlin and London

Hosted By: The Fritz Ascher Society for Persecuted, Ostracized and Banned Art

In this talk, Arie Hartog, director of the Gerhard-Marcks-Haus in Bremen, Germany, draws attention to a sculptor who contradicts the common narrative of modern art in the 20th century.

Peter László Péri was born Ladislas Weisz in Budapest in 1889. Péri 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, a Jew and Communist, had to and could leave Germany and move to London with his second, English wife. These brief key data show a typical biography of Jewish artists in Europe and 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 and English in the artist after 1933.

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