Interpretation Diefenbunker

An Exhibition of Canadian-Hungarian Artists

Directed by Anne Kmetyko

The exhibition “Interpretation Diefenbunker” by the Collective of Canadian-Hungarian- Artists took place at the Diefenbunker Cold War Museum in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada from May 8th to the 28th, 2022. This is the promotional video for an overview of its scope and a presentation of the works of the participating artists.

Diefenbunker Museum, a National Historic Site
Canada’s Cold War Museum
3929 Carp Road
Carp, Ontario, Canada K0A 1L0

Info: 613‑839‑0007 or 1‑800‑409‑1965

Wednesday to Friday/ mercredi à vendredi
10 h – 16 h

Saturday and Sunday/ samedi et dimanche

10 h – 15 h

Coordinator: Andrea Blanar
Curator: Alex Brzezinski
Curatorial assistants: Julianna Joos, Judith Klugerman and Brigitta Kocsis

The Diefenbunker facility, Canada’s Cold War Museum is a national historic site that was built (1959-1961) to shelter Canadian government officials in the event of a nuclear attack.

Members of the Canadian- Hungarian Artists’ Collective were asked to submit works drawing on the themes of collective memory, immigration and communal victimhood. The works in this exhibition interpret these themes through personal history, family narrative or in some cases through a reaction to the nature of the facility.

Several artists had personally experienced the Hungarian Revolution of 1956. The black and white photographs of Gabor Szilasi and Gabor Boros reflect the bleakness of this period in their portraits of people in the streets of Budapest. Sophie Fekete-Fehér’s paintings speak of a confrontation between superpowers during the cold war. Just as one would dig through the rubble of a war-torn site, Andrea Blanar salvages fragments from some previous past to create her shrines. A number of artists touch on fear and the need to seek refuge. This common human condition is explored in the works of Eva Ferenczy-Reichmann, Julianna Joos and Sandor Sipos. Vivian Törs’ and Judith Klugerman’s art reflects in different ways the responsibility of remembering the past and the deceased who was a part of it. For artist Tom Kapas remembering goes deeper in recalling the damage caused by the past to relationships. Dealing with ethnic and national identity are common themes in the works of Agi Zoni and Mary Keczan-Ebos.

Every artist whose work is in the Vault, Corridor or the Allard Room of the Diefenbunker has been stirred in some way by this facility to remember some association they or their families had to the cold war period.

As we listen to the news these days, it seems as if history has gone full circle. The cold war no longer seems to be so in the distant past. Terms such as national identity, displacement, immigration and the fear of violence and the threat of nuclear war have once again become part of our vocabulary. A facility like the Diefenbunker has once again acquired relevance.

Curator: Alex Brzezinski – QC
Curatorial Committee: Andrea Blanar, Julianna Joos, Judith Klugerman, Brigitta Kocsis

Susan Bardos-Dobbek
Andrew Benyei
Andrea Blanar
Gabor Boros
Alex Brzezinski
Joseph  Bunkoczy
Sofie Fekete-Feher
Eva Ferenczy-Reichmann
Tibor Hargitai
Geza Hermann
Maria Jankovics
Julianna Joos
Suzanne Joos
Tom Kapas

Mary Keczan-Ebos
Attila J.Keszei
Judith Klugerman
Brigitta Kocsis
Margareta Mina
Emma Pallay
Sandor Sipos
Sheila Szabo Butler
Andrea Szilasi
Gabor Szilasi
Erika Takacs
Vivian Tors
Agi Zoni
David Zsako

The Opening on May 7, 2022


Fundraising for Diefenbunker Project


CHAC would like to express our deepest gratitude to the Hungarian Embassy in Ottawa for their Patronage of this Exhibition.

We also express our sincerest thanks to Her Excellency Mária Vass-Salazar, Ambassador of Hungary for her support of the cultural endeavours of the  Canadian-Hungarian Artists’ Collective.

CHAC wishes to thank our Fundraising collaborators Magor Foundation, and the generosity of the many supporters of the Diefenbunker Project.


The Hungarian Embassy in Ottawa

George Lengvari, Montreal, QC
Maria S. Roy, Westmount, QC
Peter Tekker, Ancaster, ON

Magor Foundation, Montreal, QC
Aniko Gaal Schott, Washington, DC

Nicole Doucet, Baie d’Urfé, QC
Hungaria Social Klub, Montreal, QC
Christine Lengvari, Montreal, QC
Ronald & Carmella Vincelli Family Foundation, Westmount, QC


Gyula Detre, Montreal, QC
Dr Gordon Balazsi, Mount-Royal, QC
Leslie Jonas, Lac Brome, QC
Sophie Madon, Montreal, QC
Nadine & Leslie McLean, Burlington, ON
Erzsebet Schneider, Montreal, QC
Judy Young, Ottawa, ON


Beatrix Argeropoulos, Toronto, ON
Robert and Lynn Cairns, Montreal West, QC
Ava Couch, Beaconsield, QC
Elizabeth Gorzo, Montreal, QC
Andrea de Gosztonyi, Montreal, QC
Teresa Fekete, Laval, QC
Gabor Glasz, Montreal, QC
Karl Heuser, Montreal, QC
Richard Lecoq & Ilona Horvath, Ottawa, ON
Zoltan Palko, Kirkland, QC
Alex Sebe, Montreal, QC
Kathryn Stephenson, Westmount, QC
Attila Szell, Boucherville, QC
Jacynthe Tremblay, Beaconsfield, QC
Karola Waterhouse, Montreal, QC
Patrick Zimanyi, Montreal West, QC

And many thanks to all of our anonymous donors!