Monday 2nd June 1997
with Geza Bethlenfalvy
Professor Bethlenfalvy told me the story about
Elizabeth's one and only return visit to Hungary in 1988.
When her body was already arthritis ridden, but she could
still move around on her own and look after herself. She was
accompanied by the Indian journalist, Ms. Sabina Sehgal. The
duration of their stay was rather short.
Elizabeth was invited to inaugurate an exhibition of
her father's, her mother's and her own paintings at the
Thury Georgy Museum at Nagykanizsa. The museum, renamed
in-between ’The New Painting Gallery’, had been
specially renovated to show the Brunner paintings in 1988.
Now they are permanently placed together with the paintings
of another Hungarian artist, Z. Soós István, in the new
Painting Gallery of Nagykanizsa. Elizabeth is very happy to
share the Gallery facilities with this gentleman, who is a
very fine artist and still older than her.
Professor Bethlenfalvy had been requested to arrange
the entire exhibition. Ten of her father's paintings were
already in Nagykanizsa. Fifteen of her mother's and fifteen
of her own paintings were shipped from India to Nagykanizsa. They are a present for
museum from Elizabeth. The rest of the seventy paintings,
which were exhibited, came from private sources and other
Elizabeth was received in Hungary with all honours.
The Hungarian President himself, Professor Bruno F. Straub,
presented her with one the highest Medal "Order of the
Banner of the Republic of Hungary" in September 1988 at
a function in the Presidential Palace at Budapest.