The International Gallery of Modern Art exhibits the works of the painter Joseph Kádár (1936-2019) together with his collection of modern and contemporary art and the legacy of the artist György Rácz (1944-2008).
Joseph Kádár worked in different styles and genres. He became a mature artist in Paris. His paintings, graphics, photographs, and art objects represent various branches of surrealism and abstract art. His most significant works, which he created in the style of geometric abstraction, are characterised by a strict composition and constructive vision.
Kádár started the exhibition made of his collection in 1996, which was taken over by the town council in 2015. The exhibition presents the works of Kádár’s circle of friends, including Victor Vasarely, George Braque, Ingo Glass, Le Corbusier, Chagall and Picasso alongside the works of the Hungarian representatives of mainstream abstract art, such as Dezső Korniss, Tihamér Gyarmathy, Attila Joláthy, Tibor Gáyor, Ilona Keserü, Imre Bak, István Nádler, János Fajó and János Aknay. This is one of the largest exhibitions of Hungarian geometric abstraction outside the capital.
György Rácz lived and worked in Hajdúszoboszló. He was inspired by the cracked soil of the Hortobágy, which he evoked using a mixture of sand and acrylic. Applying this technique to textiles and metal results in fractures, which are symbolic representations of broken lives.