This is the first retrospective of the work of Sean Scully, one of the most important contemporary representatives of abstract art, in Central and Eastern Europe. His work combines formal reduction with referential complexity, geometric construction with vivid self-expression. Since the 1980s, Scully has developed his own unique pictorial language, built on a subtle synthesis of clearly conflicting qualities. The exhibition features over 110 of Scully's works, from monumental paintings to works on paper, as well as sculpture and photography.
One of the most striking works at the exhibition in Budapest is the new painting Black Square (2020), which goes back to the “pure feeling” painted by Kazimir Malevich in his iconic work of the same name. In Scully's painting, first presented to the public at the Hungarian National Gallery, Malevich's motive "wedges" into the romantic landscape like a black hole, an objectified manifestation of a practically tangible Nothingness and a metaphor of nothingness.