Lili Márkus 1900-1960

Lili Márkus was a Hungarian born ceramicist who came to the United Kingdom with her family at the outbreak of the Second World War. In pre-war Hungary she achieved remarkable success and recognition, but her promising career was cut short by the rise of Nazism. In the UK she lived in Glossop, Derbyshire with her husband and two sons, Robert and Tom, until her death in 1960, and although she continued her work, was never able to replicate her pre-war success.

Her work has along with that of Hungarian women contemporaries attracted some academic interest in recent years. This culminated in an Exhibition at the University of Strathclyde in 2008.

The catalogue of this exhibition may now be viewed online (see below). Further information about Lili Márkus's work may be found on the following sites: Three Hungarian Ceramicists and the Central European Diaspora and

Mapping Sculpture

The Exhibition Catalogue


    In giving permission for a digital copy of the exhibition catalogue “In the Eye of the Storm” (2008) to be placed on this website, the following persons have to be thanked:

         – Juliet Kinchin, at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, who was responsible for the text and for the English translation of the Hungarian text by Éva Horányi of the Museum of Applied Arts, Budapest
         – Laura Hamilton, Curator, Collins Gallery, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow (1988-2013)
         – Emeritus Professor Thomas A Markus, of the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, son of Lily/Lili Markus
         – Victoria Peters, University Archivist, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.

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