Prof. Dr. László Beke, CSc, dr. habil. is the former director of the Institute of Art History of the Research Centre of Humanities of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, formerly know as the Research Institute for Art History of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, in Budapest. He is also Professor at the Hungarian University of Fine Arts and teaches in several other Hungarian institutions. He has taught at the University of Lyon 2 – Louis Lumiere (1988-89), was the Chief Curator of the 19th and 20th Century Collections at the Hungarian National Gallery (1988-1995), and was the General Director of Műcsarnok/Kunsthalle in Budapest (1995-2000). He was the curator of numerous exhibitions and the author of many texts and books on art and 20th century theory. He is ex-ordinary member of the Hungarian National Committee of CIHA, member of the Hungarian section of AICA, member of Academia Scientiarum et Artium Europaea (Salzburg,1999), laureate of the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Paris, 2005), and the Széchenyi-Preis (Budapest, 2009). Portrait by by Antal Lux.