Amerigo Tot

Amerigo Tot (as Imre Tóth, born September 27, 1909 in Fehérvárcsurgó, Hungary, † December 13, 1984 in Rome) was a Hungarian sculptor. Dead lived most of his life in Rome.


Imre Tóth studied from 1926 to 1928 in Budapest with Ferenc Helbing and György Leszkovszky at the Art School and from 1931 to 1932 with László Moholy -Nagy at the Bauhaus in Dessau and Berlin. After the seizure of power by the Nazis in 1933, he fled from Dresden to Rome on foot, where he found refuge with a scholarship at the Collegium Hungaricum. He held odd jobs as a painter, etcher, and also a sculptor above water. His design for a monument of Scanderbeg in Piazza Albania in Rome, however, was carried out by Romano Romanelli. After the fall of Benito Mussolini in 1943, he was trained on the part of the Resistance and actively as a paratrooper. During this time he italianisierte his name.

After the war he worked in Italy as well as artistic adviser. He received First international recognition for his relief on the facade of the Roma Termini train station, which is still visible today. In addition to traditional works, among others, a Madonna sculpture in his hometown, he created abstract sculptures such as " microcosm in the macrocosm ." In 1952 he participated for the first time at the Venice Biennale in the Italian Pavilion in part, as well as 1956 and 1962, In 1958 he was represented at the World Exhibition in Brussels. In 1954, he left the Communist Party of Italy. For the Festival dei Due Mondi in Spoleto in 1962 he wrote a libretto for a ballet. He won the competition for a monument to the brothers Bandiera at Rovito, which was built in 1972. Several times he visited - now as hofierter international artists - Hungary, where exhibitions were organized for him. In the late 1960s and in the 1970s he had occasional supporting roles in feature films, as in The Godfather II; La moglie più bella; La Califfa; Scusi, facciamo l' amore? ; Satyricon II and Pulp.

The Accademia Nazionale delle Scienze chose him in 1978 to its member and the Hungarian government awarded him the Order of 1979 " banner of the People's Republic of Hungary ". Sculptures by him are also in Gödöllő and one in memory of Béla Bartók in Kecskemét

Today his studio spaces in Budapest uses the Galerie Koller, who set up a small museum.


  • Pietro Aretino: Sonetti lussuriosi, Editori Associati Roma 1964 Classici proibiti.