In 1977, the tiny city of Park Rapids in northern Minnesota was offered a rare opportunity: to acquire an astonishing collection of over 40 European paintings. This collection, which spans six centuries, had been painstakingly preserved by art restorer Gabor Nemeth and brought to the United States after World War II. It had been widely accepted that St. John’s University would be the beneficiary of the collection, but Gabor ultimately chose the site of his summer home, Park Rapids, as the permanent destination for these works.
Visitors to the Nemeth Art Center can now see selections from the Gabor and Edith Nemeth Study Collection on display. Paintings are exhibited on a rotating basis, with some of the collection always on view.