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Sean Scully - Artists - Kerlin Gallery

A world-renowned abstract painter, Sean Scully is one of the leading artists of his generation. He is best known for his impactful and internationally recognisable paintings balancing dynamic bands of colour in rhythmic formulations, capturing tonality, light and mood with great drama and delicacy. His global but deeply personal perspective has seen him absorb the core elements of the visual world – from the sky and sea to the ascetic modesty of stone architectural structures – as well as the full spectrum of human pathos, from grief and pain to fatherhood. Scully’s art is highly physical, often monumental in scale and populated by vigorous, robust shape and form, and yet it is also an art of great honesty, intimacy, and even vulnerability. An abstractionist but not a formalist, Scully deploys the power of colour, depth and volume not only to give expression to the world around him, but to provide access to the spiritual domain. In recent years, the artist’s explorations of space and volume have continued into large-scale sculptural works – monumental and megalithic-feeling stone blocks that weigh down on the land, as well as airy structures in Corten steel that open up and interact with the landscape. Across these diverse approaches to making art, Scully utilises a consciously constrained system to open up an energetic multiplicity of aesthetic possibility and emotional range.

 

Born in Dublin and raised in London, Scully now lives between New York and Germany.

Sean Scully - Artists - Kerlin Gallery

Sean Scully
Langen Foundation, 2022
Photo by Sebastian Drüen

Selected Works

Selected Works Thumbnails
Sean Scully
Wall Green, 2021
Oil on linen
160 x 160 cm / 63 x 63 in

Sean Scully
Wall Green, 2021
Oil on linen
160 x 160 cm / 63 x 63 in

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Sean Scully
Window 2021
archival pigment print on paper
edition of 40 + 7 AP
71.1 x 55.9 cm / 28 x 22 in (unframed)

Sean Scully
Window 2021
archival pigment print on paper
edition of 40 + 7 AP
71.1 x 55.9 cm / 28 x 22 in (unframed)

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Sean Scully
Cage Green 2021
archival pigment print on paper
edition of 40 + 7 AP
71.1 x 55.9 cm / 28 x 22 in (unframed)

Sean Scully
Cage Green 2021
archival pigment print on paper
edition of 40 + 7 AP
71.1 x 55.9 cm / 28 x 22 in (unframed)

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Sean Scully
Inset 2021
archival pigment print on paper
edition of 40 + 7 AP
71.1 x 55.9 cm / 28 x 22 in (unframed)

Sean Scully
Inset 2021
archival pigment print on paper
edition of 40 + 7 AP
71.1 x 55.9 cm / 28 x 22 in (unframed)

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Sean Scully Zinc Shot, 2020

Sean Scully
Zinc Shot, 2020

Galvanized water tanks

352 x 240 x 244 cm / 11.5 x 7.9 x 8 ft
Song of Color, Langen Foundation, 2022

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2015 Boxes Full of Air
Sean Scully
Boxes Full of Air
2015
Corten steel
3.66 x 6.10 x 15.24 m / 12 x 20 x 50 ft 
 
Sean Scully
Boxes Full of Air
2015
Corten steel
3.66 x 6.10 x 15.24 m / 12 x 20 x 50 ft 
 
Sean Scully
Boxes Full of Air
2015
Corten steel
3.66 x 6.10 x 15.24 m / 12 x 20 x 50 ft 
 
2015 Boxes Full of Air

Sean Scully
Boxes Full of Air, 2015
corten steel
3.66 x 6.10 x 15.24 m / 12 x 20 x 50 ft 
Château La Coste, Aix-en-Provence

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Sean Scully Glass Stack 2, 2020

Sean Scully
Glass Stack 2, 2020
Murano glass
270 x 108 x 108 cm / 106.3 x 42.5 x 42.5 in
Material World, Thorvaldsen's Museum, Copenhagen, 2022
Photo Jens Lindhe

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Sean Scully 
Wall 23.10.20, 2020
pastel on paper
55.9 x 76.2 cm / 22 x 30 in paper size 
71 x 91 x 5 cm / 28 x 35.8 x 2 in framed

Sean Scully 
Wall 23.10.20, 2020
pastel on paper
55.9 x 76.2 cm / 22 x 30 in paper size 
71 x 91 x 5 cm / 28 x 35.8 x 2 in framed

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Doric M.12.2020

Sean Scully
Doric M.12.2020, 2020
pastel on paper
101.6 x 152.4 cm / 40 x 60 in paper size
120.7 x 171.5 cm / 47.5 x 67.5 in framed

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Sean Scully 
Red Doric 7.15.19, 2019
pastel on paper
102.6 x 152.4 cm / 40.4 x 60 in paper size
119.2 x 168.2 x 7 cm /46.9 x 66.2 x 2.8 in framed

Sean Scully 
Red Doric 7.15.19, 2019
pastel on paper
102.6 x 152.4 cm / 40.4 x 60 in paper size
119.2 x 168.2 x 7 cm /46.9 x 66.2 x 2.8 in framed

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Sean Scully 
Landline Pale Dark, 2015
oil on canvas
215.9 x 190.5 cm / 85 x 75 in   

Sean Scully 
Landline Pale Dark, 2015
oil on canvas
215.9 x 190.5 cm / 85 x 75 in   

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2014 Landline Green White
Sean Scully
Landline Green White
2014
Oil on aluminium
215.9 x 190.5 cm / 85 x 75 in  
2014 Landline Green White

Sean Scully
Landline Green White, 2014
oil on aluminium
215.9 x 190.5 cm / 85 x 75 in 

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Sean Scully 
Landline Black Blue, 2014
oil on aluminium
215.9 x 190.5 cm / 85 x 75 in 

Sean Scully 
Landline Black Blue, 2014
oil on aluminium
215.9 x 190.5 cm / 85 x 75 in 

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Sean Scully
Wall Green, 2021
Oil on linen
160 x 160 cm / 63 x 63 in

Sean Scully
Wall Green, 2021
Oil on linen
160 x 160 cm / 63 x 63 in

Sean Scully
Window 2021
archival pigment print on paper
edition of 40 + 7 AP
71.1 x 55.9 cm / 28 x 22 in (unframed)

Sean Scully
Window 2021
archival pigment print on paper
edition of 40 + 7 AP
71.1 x 55.9 cm / 28 x 22 in (unframed)

Sean Scully
Cage Green 2021
archival pigment print on paper
edition of 40 + 7 AP
71.1 x 55.9 cm / 28 x 22 in (unframed)

Sean Scully
Cage Green 2021
archival pigment print on paper
edition of 40 + 7 AP
71.1 x 55.9 cm / 28 x 22 in (unframed)

Sean Scully
Inset 2021
archival pigment print on paper
edition of 40 + 7 AP
71.1 x 55.9 cm / 28 x 22 in (unframed)

Sean Scully
Inset 2021
archival pigment print on paper
edition of 40 + 7 AP
71.1 x 55.9 cm / 28 x 22 in (unframed)

Sean Scully Zinc Shot, 2020

Sean Scully
Zinc Shot, 2020

Galvanized water tanks

352 x 240 x 244 cm / 11.5 x 7.9 x 8 ft
Song of Color, Langen Foundation, 2022

2015 Boxes Full of Air

Sean Scully
Boxes Full of Air, 2015
corten steel
3.66 x 6.10 x 15.24 m / 12 x 20 x 50 ft 
Château La Coste, Aix-en-Provence

Sean Scully Glass Stack 2, 2020

Sean Scully
Glass Stack 2, 2020
Murano glass
270 x 108 x 108 cm / 106.3 x 42.5 x 42.5 in
Material World, Thorvaldsen's Museum, Copenhagen, 2022
Photo Jens Lindhe

Sean Scully 
Wall 23.10.20, 2020
pastel on paper
55.9 x 76.2 cm / 22 x 30 in paper size 
71 x 91 x 5 cm / 28 x 35.8 x 2 in framed

Sean Scully 
Wall 23.10.20, 2020
pastel on paper
55.9 x 76.2 cm / 22 x 30 in paper size 
71 x 91 x 5 cm / 28 x 35.8 x 2 in framed

Doric M.12.2020

Sean Scully
Doric M.12.2020, 2020
pastel on paper
101.6 x 152.4 cm / 40 x 60 in paper size
120.7 x 171.5 cm / 47.5 x 67.5 in framed

Sean Scully 
Red Doric 7.15.19, 2019
pastel on paper
102.6 x 152.4 cm / 40.4 x 60 in paper size
119.2 x 168.2 x 7 cm /46.9 x 66.2 x 2.8 in framed

Sean Scully 
Red Doric 7.15.19, 2019
pastel on paper
102.6 x 152.4 cm / 40.4 x 60 in paper size
119.2 x 168.2 x 7 cm /46.9 x 66.2 x 2.8 in framed

Sean Scully 
Landline Pale Dark, 2015
oil on canvas
215.9 x 190.5 cm / 85 x 75 in   

Sean Scully 
Landline Pale Dark, 2015
oil on canvas
215.9 x 190.5 cm / 85 x 75 in   

2014 Landline Green White

Sean Scully
Landline Green White, 2014
oil on aluminium
215.9 x 190.5 cm / 85 x 75 in 

Sean Scully 
Landline Black Blue, 2014
oil on aluminium
215.9 x 190.5 cm / 85 x 75 in 

Sean Scully 
Landline Black Blue, 2014
oil on aluminium
215.9 x 190.5 cm / 85 x 75 in 

Sean Scully has had solo exhibitions in leading museums around the world including, most recently, Houghton Hall, UK (2023); the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia; Thorsvaldens Museum, Copenhagen; MAMbo, Bologna; Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb; CSW, Torun, Poland (all 2022); Museum of Modern Art, Fort Worth; Benaki Museum, Athens; Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest (all 2021); Wadsworth Atheneum, Connecticut; the Albertina Museum, Vienna; LWL Museum, Münster; the National Gallery, London; and the Basilica of San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice (all 2019). Current exhibitions include Géographies, Passerelle Centre d’art contemporain, Brest, France (until 13 January) and Artists Choose Parrish, Parrish Art Museum, Long Island, NY, USA (until 18 February).

Scully’s work is represented in the collections of The Guggenheim Museum, New York; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Hirshhorn Museum, Washington; Philadelphia Museum of Art; The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth; Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas; National Gallery of Australia; Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen K20/K21, Düsseldorf; Tate Gallery, London; Hugh Lane Gallery; Irish Museum of Modern Art and National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin, amongst many others. 

Exhibitions

Exhibitions Thumbnails
Sean Scully
Geographies, 2023
Passerelle Contemporary Art Center, Brest, France
© photo: Aurélien Mole
Sean Scully
Geographies, 2023
Passerelle Contemporary Art Center, Brest, France
© photo: Aurélien Mole
Sean Scully
Geographies, 2023
Passerelle Contemporary Art Center, Brest, France
© photo: Aurélien Mole
Sean Scully
Geographies, 2023
Passerelle Contemporary Art Center, Brest, France
© photo: Aurélien Mole
Sean Scully
Geographies, 2023
Passerelle Contemporary Art Center, Brest, France
© photo: Aurélien Mole
Sean Scully
Geographies, 2023
Passerelle Contemporary Art Center, Brest, France
© photo: Aurélien Mole
Sean Scully
Geographies, 2023
Passerelle Contemporary Art Center, Brest, France
© photo: Aurélien Mole
Sean Scully
Geographies, 2023
Passerelle Contemporary Art Center, Brest, France
© photo: Aurélien Mole
Sean Scully
Geographies, 2023
Passerelle Contemporary Art Center, Brest, France
© photo: Aurélien Mole
Sean Scully
Geographies, 2023
Passerelle Contemporary Art Center, Brest, France
© photo: Aurélien Mole
Sean Scully
Geographies, 2023
Passerelle Contemporary Art Center, Brest, France
© photo: Aurélien Mole
Sean Scully
Geographies, 2023
Passerelle Contemporary Art Center, Brest, France
© photo: Aurélien Mole
Sean Scully
Geographies, 2023
Passerelle Contemporary Art Center, Brest, France
© photo: Aurélien Mole
Sean Scully
Geographies, 2023
Passerelle Contemporary Art Center, Brest, France
© photo: Aurélien Mole
Sean Scully
Geographies, 2023
Passerelle Contemporary Art Center, Brest, France
© photo: Aurélien Mole

Sean Scully
Geographies, 2023
Passerelle Contemporary Art Center, Brest, France
© photo: Aurélien Mole

Sean Scully
A Wound in a Dance with Love, 2022
Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna (MAMbo), Bologna, Italy
Sean Scully
A Wound in a Dance with Love, 2022
Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna (MAMbo), Bologna, Italy
Sean Scully
A Wound in a Dance with Love, 2022
Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna (MAMbo), Bologna, Italy
Sean Scully
A Wound in a Dance with Love, 2022
Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna (MAMbo), Bologna, Italy
Sean Scully
A Wound in a Dance with Love, 2022
Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna (MAMbo), Bologna, Italy

Sean Scully
A Wound in a Dance with Love, 2022
Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna (MAMbo), Bologna, Italy

Sean Scully
Painting and Sculpture, 2022
Centre of Contemporary Art Znaki Czasu, Toruń, Poland
Sean Scully
Painting and Sculpture, 2022
Centre of Contemporary Art Znaki Czasu, Toruń, Poland
Sean Scully
Painting and Sculpture, 2022
Centre of Contemporary Art Znaki Czasu, Toruń, Poland
Sean Scully
Painting and Sculpture, 2022
Centre of Contemporary Art Znaki Czasu, Toruń, Poland

Sean Scully
Painting and Sculpture, 2022
Centre of Contemporary Art Znaki Czasu, Toruń, Poland

Sean Scully
The Shape of Ideas, 2022
Philadelphia Museum of Art, USA 
Sean Scully
The Shape of Ideas, 2022
Philadelphia Museum of Art, USA 
Sean Scully
The Shape of Ideas, 2022
Philadelphia Museum of Art, USA 

Sean Scully
The Shape of Ideas, 2022
Philadelphia Museum of Art, USA 

Sean Scully
Bodies of Color, 2022
Kunstwerk Sammlung Klein, Eberdingen-Nussdorf, Germany
Sean Scully
Bodies of Color, 2022
Kunstwerk Sammlung Klein, Eberdingen-Nussdorf, Germany
Sean Scully
Bodies of Color, 2022
Kunstwerk Sammlung Klein, Eberdingen-Nussdorf, Germany
Sean Scully
Bodies of Color, 2022
Kunstwerk Sammlung Klein, Eberdingen-Nussdorf, Germany

Sean Scully
Bodies of Color, 2022
Kunstwerk Sammlung Klein, Eberdingen-Nussdorf, Germany

Sean Scully
Song of Colors, 2022
Langen Foundation, Neuss, Germany
Sean Scully
Song of Colors, 2022
Langen Foundation, Neuss, Germany
Sean Scully
Song of Colors, 2022
Langen Foundation, Neuss, Germany

Sean Scully
Song of Colors, 2022
Langen Foundation, Neuss, Germany

Sean Scully
The Shape of Ideas, 2021
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas, USA
Sean Scully
The Shape of Ideas, 2021
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas, USA
Sean Scully
The Shape of Ideas, 2021
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas, USA
Sean Scully
The Shape of Ideas, 2021
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas, USA
Sean Scully
The Shape of Ideas, 2021
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas, USA
Sean Scully
The Shape of Ideas, 2021
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas, USA
Sean Scully
The Shape of Ideas, 2021
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas, USA
Sean Scully
The Shape of Ideas, 2021
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas, USA
Sean Scully
The Shape of Ideas, 2021
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas, USA
Sean Scully
The Shape of Ideas, 2021
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas, USA
Sean Scully
The Shape of Ideas, 2021
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas, USA

Sean Scully
The Shape of Ideas, 2021
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas, USA

Sean Scully
Eleuthera, 2021
Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, Ireland
Sean Scully
Eleuthera, 2021
Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, Ireland
Sean Scully
Eleuthera, 2021
Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, Ireland
Sean Scully
Eleuthera, 2021
Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, Ireland
Sean Scully
Eleuthera, 2021
Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, Ireland
Sean Scully
Eleuthera, 2021
Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, Ireland
Sean Scully
Eleuthera, 2021
Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, Ireland

Sean Scully
Eleuthera, 2021
Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, Ireland

Sean Scully
Passenger, 2020
Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest, Hungary

 
Sean Scully
Passenger, 2020
Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest, Hungary

 
Sean Scully
Passenger, 2020
Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest, Hungary

 
Sean Scully
Passenger, 2020
Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest, Hungary

 
Sean Scully
Passenger, 2020
Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest, Hungary

 
Sean Scully
Passenger, 2020
Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest, Hungary

 

Sean Scully
Passenger, 2020
Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest, Hungary

 

Sean Scully
Human, 2019
Basilica of San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice, Italy

Sean Scully
Human, 2019
Basilica of San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice, Italy

Sean Scully
Vita Duplex, 2018
Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe, Germany
Sean Scully
Vita Duplex, 2018
Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe, Germany
Sean Scully
Vita Duplex, 2018
Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe, Germany
Sean Scully
Vita Duplex, 2018
Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe, Germany
Sean Scully
Vita Duplex, 2018
Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe, Germany
Sean Scully
Vita Duplex, 2018
Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe, Germany

Sean Scully
Vita Duplex, 2018
Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe, Germany

Sean Scully
Landlines and other recent works, 2018
De Pont Museum of Contemporary Art, Tilburg, The Netherlands
Sean Scully
Landlines and other recent works, 2018
De Pont Museum of Contemporary Art, Tilburg, The Netherlands
Sean Scully
Landlines and other recent works, 2018
De Pont Museum of Contemporary Art, Tilburg, The Netherlands
Sean Scully
Landlines and other recent works, 2018
De Pont Museum of Contemporary Art, Tilburg, The Netherlands
Sean Scully
Landlines and other recent works, 2018
De Pont Museum of Contemporary Art, Tilburg, The Netherlands
Sean Scully
Landlines and other recent works, 2018
De Pont Museum of Contemporary Art, Tilburg, The Netherlands

Sean Scully
Landlines and other recent works, 2018
De Pont Museum of Contemporary Art, Tilburg, The Netherlands

Sean Scully
Different Places, 2015
Château La Coste, Aix-en-Provence, France
Sean Scully
Different Places, 2015
Château La Coste, Aix-en-Provence, France
Sean Scully
Different Places, 2015
Château La Coste, Aix-en-Provence, France
Sean Scully
Different Places, 2015
Château La Coste, Aix-en-Provence, France
Sean Scully
Different Places, 2015
Château La Coste, Aix-en-Provence, France
Sean Scully
Different Places, 2015
Château La Coste, Aix-en-Provence, France

Sean Scully
Different Places, 2015
Château La Coste, Aix-en-Provence, France

Sean Scully
Geographies, 2023
Passerelle Contemporary Art Center, Brest, France
© photo: Aurélien Mole

Sean Scully
Geographies, 2023
Passerelle Contemporary Art Center, Brest, France
© photo: Aurélien Mole

Sean Scully
A Wound in a Dance with Love, 2022
Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna (MAMbo), Bologna, Italy

Sean Scully
A Wound in a Dance with Love, 2022
Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna (MAMbo), Bologna, Italy

Sean Scully
Painting and Sculpture, 2022
Centre of Contemporary Art Znaki Czasu, Toruń, Poland

Sean Scully
Painting and Sculpture, 2022
Centre of Contemporary Art Znaki Czasu, Toruń, Poland

Sean Scully
The Shape of Ideas, 2022
Philadelphia Museum of Art, USA 

Sean Scully
The Shape of Ideas, 2022
Philadelphia Museum of Art, USA 

Sean Scully
Bodies of Color, 2022
Kunstwerk Sammlung Klein, Eberdingen-Nussdorf, Germany

Sean Scully
Bodies of Color, 2022
Kunstwerk Sammlung Klein, Eberdingen-Nussdorf, Germany

Sean Scully
Song of Colors, 2022
Langen Foundation, Neuss, Germany

Sean Scully
Song of Colors, 2022
Langen Foundation, Neuss, Germany

Sean Scully
The Shape of Ideas, 2021
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas, USA

Sean Scully
The Shape of Ideas, 2021
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas, USA

Sean Scully
Eleuthera, 2021
Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, Ireland

Sean Scully
Eleuthera, 2021
Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, Ireland

Sean Scully
Passenger, 2020
Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest, Hungary

 

Sean Scully
Passenger, 2020
Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest, Hungary

 

Sean Scully
Human, 2019
Basilica of San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice, Italy

Sean Scully
Human, 2019
Basilica of San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice, Italy

Sean Scully
Vita Duplex, 2018
Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe, Germany

Sean Scully
Vita Duplex, 2018
Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe, Germany

Sean Scully
Landlines and other recent works, 2018
De Pont Museum of Contemporary Art, Tilburg, The Netherlands

Sean Scully
Landlines and other recent works, 2018
De Pont Museum of Contemporary Art, Tilburg, The Netherlands

Sean Scully
Different Places, 2015
Château La Coste, Aix-en-Provence, France

Sean Scully
Different Places, 2015
Château La Coste, Aix-en-Provence, France

Sean Scully, I paint anyway, Hungarian National Gallery, 2020

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Hungarian National Gallery 2020

Sean Scully, I paint anyway, Hungarian National Gallery, 2020