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Interview - Klara Donath, Life in Hungary, Digital Audio Tape, No 1, 08 Apr 1999 Audiovisual Reg. No: HT 31462

Part one of a three part oral history with Hungarian born artist Klara Donath, recorded on 08 April 1999. Klara studied art and painting at university in Hungary, before she was expelled for her political views. She then trained and worked as a costume designer for the many theatres in Budapest. After escaping Hungary in 1956 and immigrating to Australia, Klara worked in a variety of jobs to support her family.

In Australia Klara has continued to create work in her chosen medium of textile art. Much of Klara's work draws upon her Hungarian cultural origins and Bartok's music is a constant source of inspiration for her.
Digital audio tape
Description Of Content:
Part one of a three part oral history with Klara Donath-Patay, a Hungarian born artist. On this tape Klara discusses: her life growing up in Budapest, Hungary, her father's work and practice as a sculptor, her experiences during World War II, her life in Budapest after World War II finishing school and attending University where she studied art, with a focus on painting, and then to be an art teacher. Although she trained to be an art teacher Klara still continued to practice as an artist often painting and drawing at home, which her father and mother supported, she became interested in fibre art after a two week exchange to a University in Poland where she attended a fibre workshop. Klara also talks about her expulsion from University half-way through her final year under the communist regime, due to her and her family's political views and status as an upper middle class liberal Hungarian family. After her expulsion she then worked in an office before training privately to be a costume designer, with her teacher helping her find work when she finished her studies.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Ms Klara Donath, 1998
Klára Donáth-Patay
Discipline: History

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Tagged with: art, artworks, immigration, artistic practices, sculpture, migrants, artists, migration settlement, textiles, hungarian communities, hungarian immigration
Themes this item is part of: Domestic & Community Life Collection, Immigration & Artistic Practice Collection, Migration Collection, Klara Donath, Hungarian Immigrant & Artist, 1956
Primary Classification: MIGRATION
Secondary Classification: Life Stories
Tertiary Classification: oral histories
Format: Digital Audio Tape Recording; DAT Cassette
Date Recorded: 08 Apr 1999
Interviewee: Ms Klara Donath, 08 Apr 1999

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