[May 1, 2013
Remember Korea / Gondolj Koreara (1952), Budapest, 1952
-The key issue of the graphic portfolio created by the Hungarian artist Bencze László is the massacre near Sichon, North Korea, in the autumn and winter of 1950 with more than thirty thousand victims, mainly civilians. From the Communist side, these war atrocities were attributed to the American invading forces. Like Picasso’s famous painting Massacre en Corée (1951), Laszlo´s graphic cycle was conceptually inspired by the example of Goya. In terms of motifs, the influence of the Chinese revolutionary woodcut movement under Lu Xun is distinctive, of artists like Li Hua, Zhao Yannian, or Zheng Yefu, to whom László tries to come close in his pen and ink drawings, also in structural respects.