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Géza Gorka Ceramics Museum - Verőce
The museum building
Address: 2621, Verőce Szamos utca 22.
Phone number: (27) 350-017
Opening hours: 01.03-31.10.: Tue-Sun 9-17
Géza Gorka played a pioneering role in the renewal of Hungarian ceramic art. Through his activity Hungarian ceramics rose to an European level and has become known all over the world.

The centre of his art is nature. He applied the reminiscences of Hanán (anabaptist handicraftsmens') ceramics. He also experimented with new methods of the 20th century.

He followed the most ancient, functional directions of ceramics. He regarded the characteristics of the materials as the most important factor of his work. All other aspects - form, colour, ornament - were subordinated to this. In his hands these materials are to reflect human emotionsa and thoughts.

He was born on 6th September 1894. Later his family moved to Mezőtúr where he got aquainted with the Hungarian peasants' ceramics. In the workshop of Badár Balázs he got to like and learn the ceramicist craft. Under the direction of his master he got aquainted with the popular ceramics and the world of oriental forms and ornamentation.

Later he enroled to the Academy of Arts. The lectures of Lyka Károly and Vaszary János influenced him a great deal. He learnt from them the truth that by using that which is beautiful to look at can be a means of educating the multitudes.

Having acquired the skill of the trade, he left for Gemany in 1919, where he became acquainted with more recent trends of European cermics and with new technologies. After his study tour abroad he returned home to Mezőtúr with the aim of creating an artistic type of Hungarian ceramics which is able to embrace both the factory-made and the popular products. Finally a company was founded near Romhány in 1922, where Gorka was commissioned to carry out the oven building and direct the works being done here. After the failure of the company the master built his own workshop by using the equipment left from the company. He used to work here for nearly 5 decades, up to the time of his death on 25th September 1971.

From the mid-1920s on he continually took part in different exhibitions of the the Artist Craftsmens' Association and later in various World Exhibitions abroad. His works met with success and appreciation everywhere.

In 1955 he was awarded the Munkácsy prize, later on the Kossuth prize. In 1959 he was granted the title of "Merited Artist of the Hungarian People's Republic". A film was also made of him in the 1960'ies. His former home and workshop has been functioning as a museum since 29th April 1972.

By his oeuvre Géza Gorka disproved the false notion according to which ceramics was not an independent genre, but a mere combination of sculpture, graphic art and painting. He called into existence an independent ceramic art. Starting out from an ancient popular craft, nurtured by oriental and European traditions, relíing upon up-to-date technical methods Gorka created a synthesis of Hungarian ceramics on a high level. All his creative activity was characterized by modesty, clarity, harmony and beauty.

Mariann Almássy
Permanent exhibitions
Géza Gorka
"The clay in Gorka's hand is an instrument and material through which to express high and humanitarian thoughts. Harmony, majesty and profound humanitarian thoughts are here communicated... His art is like poetry, but not only influencing the emotions. It is also of a rational character. The individuality of the artist is seen from his works: tricky, humorous, cranky, clear, simple and demanding." continue
Lívia Gorka
The objects made by Gorka Lívia are displayed on the first floor. Besides the smaller series in the wards, several of the main works are shown in the Gorka Museum. The large stone disk in the Harmony, the globes of the Andromeda and Earth are the most exciting pieces of the exhibition. The light colored ceramics that organically fit in its environments are shown in the garden. It reminds us of large flowers growing out of the ground. continue