It was in 2011 when the 60th anniversairy of Count Laszlo Almasy’s death was marked. Born in Borostyankö (Western Hungary) in 1895, Laszlo had been regarded as the last Austro-Hungarian desert explorer in Lebanon, as well as a romantic adventurer, founder of the Hungarian Scout Movement, aviaton pioneer, motor engineer and a spy, just to mention a few of his activities. He became famous due to his discovery of the prehistoric cave paintings of swimmers.
This legendary figure, published in 1992 and filmed by the name “The English Patient” won with 9 Oscars and 2 Golden Globes. Since then, Almásy’s life and personality has undergone numerous interpretations and paraphrases.
Almásy’s life still offers room for much speculation, which poses a big challenge for this exhibition. Both, the watercolours “Float in the desert” as well as the documents of World War II “Secret Operation Salam” represent many of Almásy’s faces.
Curators: Mag. Michael Weese, Dr. Gerhard L. Fasching
Location of the exhibition: Ground Floor (open room), 1st Floor
Accompanying: German, English, Hungarian
Tour times for Individuals:
Sunday, jul 1, 2012, 4pm
Sunday, nov 4, 2012, 4pm