No one can be a prophet in his own country. This very talented and enthusiastic community tries the impossible. Led by a documentary film director and writer, Edit Kőszegi, who practically gave away his privet life providing home to his home to the Kugler Art Gallery and this apartment also has long hosted various theater performances. When I ad hoc decided to visit this collection of art, accidentally I got in the middle of a theatrical rehearsal. Edit Kőszegi was very kind and let me see this abundance of artwork, and explained how she got acquainted with these gypsy artists and how she decided to create an opportunity to exhibit their work in her own home. The majority of the paintings were created by gypsy women, but there are some paintings from famous twentieth-century Hungarian painters, and also the contemporary non-gypsy artists as well.
It's a fantastic experience to walk in this unusual gallery where you do not actually know that this is a kitchen or a bedroom or just an art collection presented in a novel way of thinking?
I pondered on how much somebody has to love the art, to be capable of such sacrifices? The other question what would happen to these talented Gipsy artists, if they wouldn’t meet this facilitator? Would they achieve the same fame and appreciation, or would they just sink into the darkness of the not understanding?
Edit Kőszegi, a respectable artist herself, took their case and offered them an opportunity to show themselves to the world. In March of this year, for example, an exhibition was opened in New York at the United Nations General Assembly Building. The title of it Painted Dreams by Hungarian Roma Women Artists.
The Kugler Gallery is in an apartment building 2 Sütő Street on the first floor, opposite the elevator. Isn't easy to find, but worth for the effort.