1907 - 1992
SCULPTURES + PAINTINGS
Hungary and Italy pre-1950 - South Africa post-1950
Born in Rónaszék, Hungary, 1907; Academy of Fine Arts, Budapest 1928/33, Assistant Professor during 1931/33. Italian State Bursary for Painting, Rome Academy, 1933/35.
Emigrated to South Africa in 1950, having spent two years in Italy after leaving Hungary. Died in Johannesburg, 1992.
Was married to Elizabeth Sebök, painter and mosaic artist; their children, both artists, are Barbara Borbereki (Goldin) in Sydney and Daniel Kovács in Cape Town
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Sculptures - early works
"Nude", 1954 - mosaic wall mural (Coll. University of Pretoria)
Sculptures - 7 later works - in bronze - (updated 2012)
"Hippies, Plaza Real, Barcelona", 1970 - bronze ed. 2 (as a complete group)
"Protest in Paris" / "Tüntetés" ("Protest"), 1970 - bronze - 90x150 cm
ill. in b/white in The Star, Johannesburg - 19th October, 1971 (with original title "Protest in Paris")
ill. in b/white on p44 cat29 - Borbereki Kovács Zoltán (L. Menyhért László) (MMM, Budapest), 1986 - ISBN 963 336 367 5
Sculptures - 8 later works - in semi-precious stone
Sculptures - 6 later works - in wood
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Paintings and Drawings - early and later works
"Reflection", 1931 oil/board 30.5x28.5 cm
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Exhibitions, Awards, Public Monuments, Public Collections, Public Commissions, Bibliography
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Modern Hungarian Painting (1919-1964) (Kieselbach) - ISBN 963 212 437 5, ill.
Zoltan Borbereki (Selected sculptures from 1959 to 1968) (Borbereki publ., Johannesburg) (Teknilith), 1968, ill.
Communicat, Johannesburg - 1974 Sept., ill.
Habitat, Johannesburg - 1975 No. 13, pp. 39/41, ill.
Zoltan Borbereki - Sculptures in semi-precious stones (Gallery 21) (Haenggi), 1981 - ISBN 0 620 04855 7, ill.
Művészet, Budapest - April 1984, p. 48/51 (HU-ISSN 0580-3608), ill.
Borbereki Kovács Zoltán (L. Menyhért László) (MMM, Budapest), 1986 - ISBN 963 336 367 5, ill.
Z. Borbereki (Vigadó Galéria, Szolnok) - Exhibition cat. 20.3.-26.4.1987 - HU-ISSN 023-113 X, ill.
„The Dictionary of South African Painters and Sculptors including Namibia“ (Ogilvie / Graff) (Everard Read), 1988 – ISBN 0 620 12663 9 – listed on p.73
Deutsch-Ungarische Gesellschaft, Stuttgart - 4th Ed. 2000, Nr. 9 - The Hungarian Golgatha (in German)
The Standard Bank Corporate Art Collection, Johannesburg (Crump), 1990, p. 93, ill.
"Signature Pieces" - The Standard Bank Corporate Art Collection, Johannesburg (Charlton) 2010 - ISBN 978-0-9814200-1-1, p. 160 (2 works)
Selected works on auction
Bronzes - early and later works
Sotheby's Johannesburg - 7th May, 2001 - Lot 159, Lot 160
Ketterer Kunst, Munich - 16th September, 2005 - Auction 297 Lot 240, 241, 242
Sotheby's Johannesburg - 16th April, 2007 - Lot 554, Lot 555
Bonham's London - 30th January, 2008 - Sale 15681 Lot 208
Gorringes Lewes East Sussex GB - 12th March, 2008 - Lot 209
Sotheby's Johannesburg - 11th November, 2008 - Lot 458
Bonham's New Bond Street London - 14th October, 2009 - Sale 16848 - Lot 114
Stephan Welz, Johannesburg - 21st April, 2010 - Lot 904
Strauss & Co., Cape Town - 6th February, 2012 - Lot 672
Strauss Online, Johannesburg - July, 2016 - Lot 257
Sculptures in Semi-precious stone - South African period
Sotheby's Johannesburg - 20-21st October, 2003 - Lot 630
Stephan Welz & Co., Cape Town - 23rd February, 2011 - Lot 581
Russell Kaplan Auctioneers, Johannesburg - June 2013 - Lot P106
Schuler Auktionen, Zürich - 13th September, 2013 - Lot 3220
(no other works recorded since May, 2001)
Sculptures in wood - South African period
none recorded since May, 2001 except for:
Sotheby's Johannesburg - 16th April, 2007 - Lot 311
Rosebery's, West Norwood, London - 10th September, 2013 - Lot 675
"Mother and Child" - wood - 57 cm H - Lot 405 (click on image for better view)
Stephan Welz & Co., Johannesburg - 28th March, 2017 - Lot 405
Sculpture in laminated perspex
Russell Kaplan Auctioneers, Johannesburg - 3rd December, 2016 - Lot P118 /4618
Mother & child", 1973 - laminated perspex on marble base - 173x80x20 cm - first exhibited by Gallery 21 Johannesburg at NICRO Art Dealers' Fair, Johannesburg, 8th August, 1973
Sculptures in Plaster of Paris and ciment fondu - South African period
Welz / Sotheby's Cape Town - 29th May, 2007 - Lot 649
Strauss & Co., Johannesburg - 30th June, 2014 - Lot 129
Paintings and Drawings - early works pre -1950 (Hungarian/Italian period)
Kieselbach Auctions, Budapest - 6th December, 2002 - 20th sale - Lot 165
Nagyházi Auctions, Budapest - 14th May, 2003 - auction 95 - Lot 442
(see also auction 120 - Lot 258; auction 100 - Lot 396; auction 72 - Lot 196)
Mű-Terem Galéria, Budapest - 13th December, 2004 - auction 18 - Lot 15
Kieselbach Auctions, Budapest - 11th October, 2005 - 29th sale - Lot 195
Auktionshaus Arnold, Frankfurt a.M. - 26th November, 2005 - A4029 Lot 61
Kieselbach Auctions, Budapest - 23rd May, 2008 - 37th sale - Lot 201
Bernardi Auctioneers, Pretoria - 20th July, 2009 - Lot 642
Russell Kaplan Auctioneers, Johannesburg - 27th May, 2011 - Lot 122
Paintings and Watercolours - post -1950 (South African period)
Bernardi Auctioneers, Pretoria - 8th February, 2008 - Lot n/a
The Old Church Auction Galleries, Howick - 29th September, 2008 - Lot 203
Russell Kaplan Auctioneers, Johannesburg - 6th February, 2010 - Lot 59
Russell Kaplan Auctioneers, Johannesburg - 12th June, 2010 - Lot 36, 41, 52
Bernardi Auctioneers, Pretoria - 30th August, 2010 - Lot 228
Stephan Welz & Co., Johannesburg - 16th August, 2011 - Lot 361
5th Avenue Auctioneers, Johannesburg - 28th August, 2011 - Lot 95
Drawings - South African period
Sotheby's Johannesburg - 31st July, 2006 - Lot 242
Welz / Sotheby's Cape Town - 29th May, 2007 - Lot 648
Welz / Sotheby's Johannesburg - 30th July, 2007 - Lot 109
Welz / Sotheby's Johannesburg - 19th/21st November, 2007 - Lot 338
Bonham's London - 30th January, 2008 - Sale 15681 Lot 209, 210
Bernardi Auctioneers, Pretoria - 12th May, 2008 - Lot 425
5th Avenue Auctioneers, Johannesburg - 30th November, 2008 - Lot 72
Bonham's Knightsbridge London - 17th February, 2009 - Lot 101
Westgate Walding, Johannesburg - 26th January, 2010 - Lot 237
Stephan Welz, Johannesburg - 21st April, 2010 - Lot 768
Stephan Welz, Johannesburg - 16th November, 2010 - Lot 183
Russell Kaplan Auctioneers, Johannesburg - 12th March, 2011 - Lot P19
Bernardi Auctioneers, Pretoria - 11th April, 2011 - Lot 513
Russell Kaplan Auctioneers, Johannesburg - 28th May, 2011 - Lot P122
Additional Links and Information
www.pelmama.org - do an internal search for "Borbereki"
Group photo of leading sculptors from South Africa taken at the Rembrandt Exhibition Milner Park, Johannesburg (Johannesburg Festival "Art of Today" 1964), with Dr Anton Rupert (Moses Kottler, Gerard de Leeuw, Zoltan Borbereki, Rhona Stern, Coert Steynberg, Ernest Ullman, Elza Dziomba) - (img. from 978-0-620-53387-4)
see also the following web links:
Zoltan Borbereki's daughter discovering his works in Public Places in Hungary - 2008 - request new link
Screenprint of Borbereki's works in Hungary - please click on image!
Selected works by Zoltan Borbereki in the private collection of his daughter in Australia - 2010
Fine Arts in Hungary
ART5'74 BASEL and ART6'75 BASEL
Armando Baldinelli, Zoltan Borbereki in Basel, 1974 (click on image for details)
GALLERY 21 LONDON
Wikipédia - Hungary
Signatures of documents over the years
According to the archives of Barbara Goldin, Zoltan Borbereki signed documents as follows:
between 1928-1933: Borbereki Kováts Zoltán
in later documents he used: Borbereki Kovács
in South Africa he only used: Zoltan Borbereki
Updated images per May, 2013
Daniel Kovács with "Road Workers" by Zoltan Borbereki (metal and fibreglass) (Medical Centre, Claremont, Cape Town)
"Harp Player" by Zoltan Borbereki in Private Coll., Johannesburg (please click on image for better view!)
Copyright enquiries relating to all works © by Zoltan Borbereki - please contact the artist's Estate
The original title "Protest in Paris" / "Tüntetés" ("Protest"), 1970 - bronze - 90x150 cm - illustrated above has been altered without permission by unknown and is falsely recorded in an article by Matt Meyer, 2015, published by Tikkun.org, to fit in with their purposes.
Last updated on 5th March, 2017
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