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March 15, 2002

'Images for Words' to close Purdue Galleries' exhibition season

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Paintings, drawings and prints will be on display March 25 through April 28 in an exhibit entitled "Laszlo Matulay: Images for Words" at the Robert L. Ringel Gallery in the Purdue Memorial Union.

Matulay was an immigrant from Vienna whose work communicates a long and storied lifetime. From images of loved ones to small sketches done during his time as a soldier in World War II to later expressive ink figure studies, Matulay’s work treats viewers to simple but effective representations of the human condition. His subjects include chivalrous cavalry officers, rumpled soldiers, elegant maidens in flowing gowns, ragged prisoners, young thinkers, drunken revelers, immigrants, children and lovers.

The Matulay exhibit is sponsored by Alfred and Isabel Bader, of Milwaukee, in celebration of the 90th birthday of Purdue Professor Emeritus and Nobel Prize laureate Herbert C. Brown. Every five years since the early 1980s, the Baders have presented a portion of their art collection in exhibitions at the Purdue Galleries.

In his essay for the exhibition catalogue, Alfred Bader writes, "Much has been written about the many who fled from the pogroms in Eastern Europe and later from the Nazi tyranny. Some, like Albert Einstein, were already famous when they arrived in the United States. Many, like Herbert Brown ,whose 90th birthday we are celebrating, came here as children and received their education here. The intellectual, cultural, scientific and artistic life of this country has been greatly enriched by these many immigrants who became a vital part of America."

In the foreword to an illustrated, wordless book, "Then and Now," which Matulay based upon his own life, friend Friedrich Bergammer wrote: "Laszlo Matulay is a Viennese; that entitles him to be a Hungarian as well, and something more than an Austrian. His work is shot through with traces of his origins, the heritage of Austria: Hungarians, Viennese, Orthodox Jews, Roman Catholics, Social Democrats; World Wars, Rebellions. He is an American, and his work reflects what he is, what he was and what he has become in the decades of his life in America."

A reception, which is free and open to the public, will be 4:30-6 p.m. Thursday, March 28, in the gallery.

The Robert L. Ringel Gallery in the Purdue Memorial Union is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; and 1-5 p.m. Sunday.

CONTACT: Craig Martin, director of Purdue Galleries, (765) 494-3061,

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096;

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