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National Gallery of Art Offers Variety of Programs in Honor of “André Kertész” Exhibition

Washington, DC—André Kertész (February 6–May 15, 2005), the first major Kertész retrospective of vintage photographs held in the United States, includes works never before exhibited or reproduced. In conjunction with the exhibition, the Gallery will offer a variety of related activities.

Opening Day Lecture
February 6, 2:00 p.m.
East Building Auditorium
Mystery, Melancholy, and Nostalgia: André Kertész’s Changing Vision of Paris
Sarah Greenough, curator and head of the department of photographs, National Gallery of Art

Film Program
March 5, 12:30 p.m.
East Building Auditorium
The Circle of André Kertész

Historical footage, experimental short subjects, and narrative cinema made by Hungarian artists between 1914 and 1932 (with the addition of a few later documentaries) provide a portrait of the life and times of photographer André Kertész during his Budapest years. This unique assemblage of films includes three short works (1929–1932) by László Moholy-Nagy, János Manninger’s Hands-Feet (1928), Gyula Maár’s The World of Master K. G. (1969), Tamás Czigány’s How the Hungarian Avant-Guard was Born (1980), and three narrative films made between 1915 and 1919: Judit Simon by Béla Zsitkovszky and Adolf Mérei, The Veteran by Béla Balogh, and My Brother’s Coming, a rare early work by Hungarian-American director Michael Curtiz (Mihály Kertész). Additional information is available at

Sunday Lecture
March 6, 2:00 p.m.
East Building Auditorium
Picturing Paris: Émigré Photographers in the City of Light, 1920–1940
Sarah Kennel, assistant curator, department of photographs, National Gallery of Art

Gallery Concerts
West Garden Court

Takacs String Quartet
March 6, 6:30 p.m.
Music by Bartók and Beethoven

National Gallery Chamber Players Wind Quintet
With pianist Gábor Csalog
March 13, 6:30 p.m.
Music by György Ligeti and other Hungarian composers

Concertgoers are admitted first-come, first-seated at 6:00; concerts begin at 6:30, unless otherwise indicated. The entrance at 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW remains open until 6:30. Please note that entry or reentry is not allowed after 6:30 p.m. For further information, call (202) 842-6941 or visit

Gallery Talks
All Gallery talks will begin in the West Building Rotunda unless noted otherwise.

February 6, 12:00 noon; February 7, 9, and 11, 2:00 p.m.
André Kertész

Exhibition Catalogue
The catalogue André Kertész is by exhibition curator Sarah Greenough, curator and head of the department of photographs, National Gallery of Art; Robert Gurbo, curator of The André Kertész Foundation; and Sarah Kennel, assistant curator, National Gallery of Art. The essays—on the artist’s years in Hungary (1894–1925); Paris (1925–1936); and New York (1936–1961 and 1962–1985)— reevaluate Kertész’s art through a close study of his photographs and the archival material he himself saved, as well as through an examination of his relationship to the social, cultural, and artistic communities within which he worked. Published by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, in association with Princeton University Press, the book is available in the Gallery Shops, from the Gallery’s Web site at, or by phone at 1-(800)-697-9350 or (202) 842-6002 for $60 in hardcover and $40 in softcover (316 pages; 4 color, 112 tritone, and 135 black-and-white reproductions).

Web Site
The Gallery’s Web site will feature selected highlights from the exhibition and links to exhibition-related activities at

Please note: All programs are free unless otherwise indicated and open to the public; seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis. For more information, call (202) 737-4215, visit the Web site at, or inquire at the art information desks.

General Information

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Department of Communications
National Gallery of Art
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Landover, MD 20785
phone: (202) 842-6353
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Anabeth Guthrie
Chief of Communications
(202) 842-6804
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The Gallery also offers a broad range of newsletters for various interests. Follow this link to view the complete list.

Exhibition Press Release

Exhibition Checklist (PDF 178 KB)

Curator Biographies:
Sarah Greenough
Sarah Kennel

The Photography Collection

Related Activities

Exhibition Page:
André Kertész

Questions from members of the media may be directed to the Department of Communications at (202) 842-6353 or [email protected]

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