The Kovasznai Research Center Foundation was formed by Kovasznai advocates in collaboration with the artist’s daughter, and for over ten years has worked to preserve and promote Kovasznai’s oeuvre. Initially focused on cataloguing, restoring and digitalising all aspects of Kovasznai’s work (paintings, drawings, films, and writings) the Foundation now seeks opportunities to present the work to the public. As Kovasznai had no opportunity to exhibit his work during his lifetime, and his films had only been accessible in cinemas for very limited periods of time, the first stage of the Foundation’s work was to establish his crucial role within the history of Hungarian contemporary art.
In 2010 the first ever Kovasznai retrospective took over an entire wing of the Hungarian National Gallery to critical and public acclaim, accompanied by a monograph published by the Foundation.
In 2011, the Foundation hosted a joint exhibition of South African artist William Kentridge and Kovasznai’s work at the Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest, which featured installation-based animated films by both artists. Speaking about Kovasznai’s work, Kentridge said: ‘’Seeing… Kovasznai… what felt very familiar was kind of the impetus and the essentialness and the emergency of making. That it felt like an emergency. That work has to be made non-stop. …Whether it is in charcoal, or thick oil paint, whether it is a view of Johanessburg or Budapest, that seems secondary to the pressure for, the pressure for making, and the excess of making… seeing his work my immediate thought was I want to be back in the studio making something. There was kind of a collegial fury of creation which is a main thing that I kind of got, got from him.”
In autumn 2011, a Kovasznai exhibition was held at the Collegium Hungaricum Berlin, Germany.
Between October 2012- February 2013 the Deutsches Historisches Museum of Berlin hosted an exhibition titled “The Desire for Freedom. Art in Europe since 1945”, featuring one of Kovasznai’s films alongside works by Fernand Léger, Damien Hirst, Tadeusz Kantor, Richard Hamilton, Gerhard Richter and Boris Christo. The exhibition later set out on a journey to Milan, Tallin and Krakow to last until January 2014.
At the beginning of 2016 the Foundation introduced György Kovásznai to the British fine art scene via a major solo exhibition at the Somerset House in London. The event was a major success both with the academic audience and the general public, and it opened up doors for the international promotion of Kovásznai's oeuvre:
In November 2016 Kovásznai's "Ca Ira" pictures are exhibited alongside works by William Kentridge and four emerging artists as part of the show titled "Creative Fury" in London's Clerkenwell Gallery. Meanwhile Kovásznai's animation films have been widely featured in the programme of film festivals around the world, including the Queensland Film Festival in Australia, the Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation in the US and the Manchester Film Festival in the UK. Kovásznai's short films have also been included in the programme of Art Basel Miami 2016.