Mater of the City Demons

In memoriam sculptor István Gellér B. (1946–2018)

Text: György Szegő

István Gellér B. was an artist building inward. He elevated the process of understanding his family trauma, the historic topic and contemporary fine arts into high-brow art despite a hostile indifference. He organically blended the findings of his imaginary archeological excavations and fictional research – in several genres with the professional tools of Renaissance masters – into a private micro-history. Working non-stop, he cultivated archeology, mythology, biography, paleo sciences or architecture and urbanism, mourning for their disappearing intellectual milieu. He was building and developing his main work titled Növekvő Város („Growing City”) and its sunken imaginary archaic/would-be culture throughout his life.