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Zeev Kun (2015)

Zeev Kun (born 16 April 1930) is an "Israeli painter of Hungarian origin. He is the father of the artist "Shay Kun.



Zeev Kun was born in the city of "Nyíregyháza in northwestern "Hungary. As a teenager, he worked at an art supply store owned by his parents, Blanka and Sandor. After the deportation of "Hungarian Jews began in March–April 1944, 14-year-old Zeev Kun was first sent to "Auschwitz concentration camp, then to "Jaworzno concentration camp, located 23 kilometers away from "Auschwitz and used as its outer branch, and from January to April 1945 he was imprisoned at the camps of "Gross-Rosen, "Buchenwald and "Flossenbürg;[1] on April 23, 1945, the prisoners of the camp Flossenbürg were freed by American troops. In late August 1945, Zeev Kun came back to Hungary, and with the Auschwitz concentration camp tattoo still visible on his arm, he resumed school. Later, he entered the Magyar Képzőművészeti Főiskola in Budapest (nowadays called "Hungarian University of Fine Arts) in the fall of 1947, where he studied for over a year and a half. In 1949, as the new pro-communist political regime was growing more and more repressive, Zeev Kun joined a group of thirty Jews from the leftist Zionist organization “"Hashomer Hatzair” and managed to secretly cross the Czech border, and later he arrived to "Italy via "Austria. In the city of "Bari, the group boarded a ship that brought them to "Israel. Once in Israel, Zeev Kun first settled at the kibbutz Givat-Haim near "Hadera. He did not stay there for long, though, as in 1951 he became a student at the Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien "Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna,[2] as the city had just witnessed the birth of the so-called "Vienna School of Fantastic Realism. Students and young professors of the Academy sought to reflect upon the tragedy of "World War II, still maintaining a dialog with the masters of "German Renaissance (such as "Hieronymus Bosch and "Pieter Bruegel the Elder), as well as the pioneers of "surrealism of 1920s and 1930s, first of all "Max Ernst (1891–1976). At the Academy, Zeev Kun was close to "Anton Lehmden (born in 1929) and "Ernst Fuchs (1930–2015). In his art, the latter focused on the images of Apocalypse, creating paintings shot through with dread and fear of death. It is no wonder that Zeev Kun, who himself survived the nightmare of Auschwitz and Buchenwald, was so overwhelmed by the works of Fuchs, who happened to be his peer.[1] Upon his return to Israel, Zeev Kun joined the Israeli Painters and Sculptors Association. In 1973 he was awarded the prestigious Max Nordau Prize for Arts.[3] His paintings have gained acclaim from art lovers in the Israeli non-Jewish sector, as well; they have been sold by their Alkara Art Gallery in "Daliyat al-Karmel, Israel’s largest Druze town.[4]

Exhibitions and works[edit]

His perfectly mastered technique allowed him to accomplish a wide range of artistic goals, as he came up with philosophic and allegoric interpretations of the Holocaust and its ever-present memory, never to be overshadowed by the Jewish national revival in Israel and in a number of countries hosting Jewish diasporas.He exhibited in many Israeli cities (e.g. "Jerusalem, 1954, "Tel Aviv, 1959, 1961, 1963, 1964, 1968,[5] 2014),[6] and "Nahariya (1988),[7] as well as in "Brussels (1960), "Paris (1962, 1972, 1994), "London (1965), "Sydney (1967), "New York City (1968),[8] "Los Angeles (1968), "Detroit (1970), "Amsterdam (1972), "Stockholm (1975), "Antwerp (1976) and "Berlin (1987). For many years, the painter worked in Safed, where he held his own gallery, but later he returned to Tel Aviv, where he has lived ever since.

Zeev Kun’s works have been successfully sold by leading Israeli auction houses on many occasions, including “Tiroche”, “Matsart”, “Montefiore”, “Egozi” and others. According to art critic professor G.Recanat, Zeev Kun's paintings have always been highly appreciated and valued by art collectors and art lovers.[9]


  1. ^ a b Alek D. Epstein (April 2016). "Painting After Auschwitz: Zeev Kun and a Dialog with the Shadows of the Past". (in Russian). p. 7. Retrieved 2016-06-05. 
  2. ^ "Kun, Heddy and Zeev | Hana Greenfield's Israeli Art Collection". Retrieved 2016-06-05. 
  3. ^ "Information Center for Israeli Art | The Israel Museum, Jerusalem". Retrieved 2016-06-05. 
  4. ^ "קון זאב". Retrieved 2016-06-05. 
  5. ^ Exhibition of Paintings of Zeev Kun. Catalogue. Tel Aviv: Gallery 220, 1968.
  6. ^ Zeev Kun. Brave New World. Catalogue. Tel Aviv: David Art Gallery, 2014.
  7. ^ Zeev Kun. Paintings. Israel: Nahariya Municipal Museum, 1988
  8. ^ Zeev Kun. Paintings. New York: Murray Greenfield Gallery, 1968.
  9. ^ Zeev Kun. Peintures. Paris: Galerie Marigny, 1972.

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