As Ferenc Sebő famously put it, tradition is not a prisoner to be kept, nor a sick man to tend to – tradition is to be experienced. The same spirit informs the next National Salon, which presents artisans and artists who draw inspiration from the tradition of folk art. The Nomad Generation of the 1970s and the dance house movement established a new attitude towards folk art. Folk dance left the stages, artisanal objects came to be appreciated for their form and function. This intellectually highly inspiring period saw music and dance come together with artisanship, architecture, its sister arts and the newly emerging ecologically conscious lifestyle. Over the past 50 years the movement has proved to be far more than a fad, or the subculture of a generation in revolt. This model of maintaining traditions has become part of the world’s intellectual heritage.
Anyone paying homage to Zoltán Huszárik, wishing to interpret or touch upon his oeuvre, must remember his diversity, his talent as a visual artist and writer, which found its ultimate expression in his films. Also remembered must be his elusively changing Protean personality, which his colleague and friend, filmmaker János Tóth described thus: “It was elevating that he was never monotonous as he had such a wealth of variations inherent in him.” As a young man with diverse talent, he had to make a choice after graduating from secondary school: he would have equally been accepted to the Academy of Fine Arts as the department of film directing, where he actually enrolled. When trying to understand his career, the best starting point is his drawings, and if we want to understand his film art through his personality, his graphic art serves as the best proof for his genius. “His talent in the fine arts was manifest early on,” said painter Mihály Schéner at the 1986 Huszárik memorial exhibition in the Petőfi Literary Museum, “and I, once his teacher at the secondary school, was able to follow the unfolding of the artistic ambitions of the then sixteen-year-old sensitive and exceptionally talented […]