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Portrait of Istvan Koren, painted by Laurent Chovan

Ištvan Koren, Sculptor

Turkish (Novi) Bečej, May 6, 1911 – Budapest, October 8, 1994.
Invited by the Turkish Bečej Evangelical Church community in 1901, Pala Koren was chosen to come to Turkish Bečej. He settled in the parish house of the church with his wife Kasner Gizela Ilona, serving the Protestant communities of Novi Bečej and Vranjevo until 1917 before moving to Veliki Bečkerek, where he continued his service until 1919.

During the time the Koren family spent in Turkish (Novi) Bečej, their son Ištvan Koren was born among their five children. After six years in his hometown, he began elementary school in Veliki Bečkerek. After the end of World War I, the family settled in Bekeščaba, where Ištvan completed his elementary education. He continued his education at the Real Gymnasium in Budapest, where he also learned the art of woodworking. From 1933 to 1939, he graduated from the Higher Academy of Fine Arts in the sculpture department under the mentorship of master Jene Bori. Between 1935 and 1938, he studied anatomy at the Medical Faculty in Budapest. From 1938 to 1950, he taught demonstrative art at the Anatomy Institute. As a skilled sculptor, he created busts, relief portraits, small sculptures, plaques, and over 1000 anatomical models. Towards the end of his life, he worked on models made of synthetic resins, considered an innovation in the world of sculpture at that time.

In honor of the centenary of Ištvan Koren's birth in Budapest (19th District, Lađarska Street) in 2011, a commemorative plaque was placed on the house where he lived and worked as a tribute to his memory.

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