Carl Laszlo

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Name: Carl Laszlo
Country of Origin: HU


Carl Laszlo ( Hungarian László Károly ; born July 16, 1923 in Pécs , † November 8, 2013 [1] in Basel [2] ) was a Hungarian – Swiss art dealer , collector , psychoanalyst and author .

Laszlo grew up in Pécs as the son of an assimilated upper middle-class Jewish family. He attended the Cistercian high school in his hometown and then went on to study medicine . As a fourteen-year-old, he had started collecting Hungarian folk art and interested in her Asian roots. Laszlo’s family was largely murdered in 1944, but he himself survived several concentration camps , including Auschwitz , Sachsenhausen, Buchenwald, and left his home in Hungary after the communist takeover.

Laszlo successfully established himself as a psychoanalyst and art dealer in Basel and was also politically active in the 1950s, for example in favor of the displaced Dalai Lama . In the 1960s, Laszlo was particularly interested in the American art scene and her drug experiments. Not least due to personal contacts, Laszlo expanded its diverse collections. In addition to several thousand Buddhist statues from the 15th to 19th centuries, this collection includes modern and modern European painting, pop art , and photos. William Blake , Salvador Dalí , Thilo Maatsch , Friedensreich Hundertwasser ,Roy Lichtenstein , Robert Mapplethorpe and Andy Warhol are among the artists represented in it. In 1968 he received Swiss citizenship.

Laszlo has also appeared as a writer of short dramas, manifestos and magazine editor since the 1950s ( Panderma , then Radar ). His concentration camp memories are published under the dark ironic title Ferien am Waldsee , his youth memories under the title Der Weg nach Auschwitz . Part of the Carl Laszlos collections, around 200 objects, mainly of Hungarian art from the 20th century, has been on permanent display in the Dubniczay Palace in Veszprém since 2006 .

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