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On view at the WAM: Selections from the Struggle series by artist raised in Hungary in WWII

On view at the WAM: Selections from the Struggle series by artist raised in Hungary in WWII

Selections from the Struggle series
SATURDAY, FEB 14 2015 - SUNDAY, MAR 22 2015
Weisman Art Museum

Peter Dallos: Selections from The Struggle series is concerned with two elemental conflicts that affect humankind: one struggle is the tension between Western civilization and the forces of nihilism and anarchy, the other is environmental destruction versus the reaction of the wounded earth.

Peter Dallos's early work (the War series) was autobiographical, mostly concerning his World War II experiences as a child during the German occupation, the bombardment and siege of Budapest, and the Holocaust. The entire War series is in the permanent collection of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.

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Dallos is a self-taught artist and John Evans Professor Emeritus of Neuroscience at Northwestern University. As a young teenager, he studied painting in Budapest with György Kádár, one of Hungary's foremost artists. He also learned there the machining and tool and die-making skills that form the mechanical foundation of these works.
Dallos's adolescence was spent under the Hungarian fascist regime and later under the Soviet occupation. He escaped and immigrated to the United States after the Hungarian Revolution of 1956.