Skies - Hommage à Hiroshi Sugimoto


Darwin Online

Gallery: The Light of Art




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About the works

Ákos Czigány is a prominent, recognized figure of the Hungarian contemporary photography scene. In 2010 he won the renowned Lucien Hervé and Rodolf Hervé-prize with his Skies – hommage á Hiroshi Sugimoto series and also the third prize of the International Photography Awards. In 2011 he was awarded both the second and special prize at the Prague-based Leica Gallery’s FRAME011 international photography contest. The photographs of Czigány are characterized by the beauty of pure and precise geometrical forms and compositions, which are influenced by the Bauhaus and the Hungarian constructivist traditions. In all of his series we may see that the centre of his interest is on one hand, the light and on the other hand, the empty, blank space – opposed to its’ environment.


1972, Budapest (H)

Eötvös Loránd University, Faculty of Humanities, Budapest (H)

Solo exhibitions

The Box Man – Várfok Project Room, Budapest (H)

The Box Man (duo show with Júlia Néma) – Új Kriterion Gallery, Miercurea-Ciuc (RO)

MIA Photofair (with the Várfok Gallery), Milano (I)

Grounds – Várfok Gallery, Budapest (H)
Back – Hungarian Museum of Photography, Kecskemét (H)
The Box Man – House of Arts, Castle Gallery, Veszprém (H)

In Viaggo con Darwin [Fotografia Europea 2015] – Galleria Parmeggiani (I)

Galerie BRAUBACHfive (Ákos Czigány and Júlia Néma), Frankfurt am Main (D)
Genesis – Várfok Project Room, Budapest (H)
The Lights of Art – Hungarian House of Photography, Mai Manó House, Budapest (H)

The Lights of Art – Rómer Flóris Museum of Art and History, Esterházy Palace, Győr (H)
Space and Spaces (with Bernard Koest) – Pázmány Péter Catholic University Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Sophianum, Budapest (H)

SuperFlash Store, Turin (I)
The Others Fair, Turin (solo booth with NOPX | limitededitionpics, Turin) (I)
Skies, NOPX | limitededitionpics, Turin (I)
Erleuchtung – Galerie BRAUBACHfive, Frankfurt am Main (D)
The Lights of Art – King St Stephen Museum, Székesfehérvár (H)
The Space of Inspiration (duo show with Júlia Néma) – Gallery of Benedictine Abbey of Tihany (H)

Darwin Online – Nessim Gallery, Budapest (H)
Ciel – installation, Studio Eric Lenoir, Charleville-Mézières (F)
Darwin Online – NOPX | limitededitionpics, Turin (I)
Skies – Institut Français de Budapest (H)

Lucien Hervé and Rodolf Hervé Prize 2010 (with Alexis Cordesse) – École Spéciale d‘Architecture, Paris (F)
Der Himmel über B. – Nessim Gallery, Budapest (H)
Trio (Ákos Czigány and Anikó Robitz) – Nessim Gallery, Budapest (H)

Rules – Jókai Club, Budapest (H)

Blind Window – Manréza Spiritual and Cultural Center, Dobogókő (H)
Inside: Abandoned Buildings of the So-Called Eocene Project (with Tamás Czigány) – Attic Gallery, Pannonhalma (H)
Inside: Abandoned Buildings of the So-Called Eocene Project (with Tamás Czigány) – Petőfi Cultural Center, Bicske (H)

Selected group exhibitions

Other Lands Are To Come – Várfok Gallery, Budapest (H)

The Very Best – VÁRFOK30 – Várfok Gallery, Budapest (H)

The Anatomy of Photography – Rómer Flóris Museum of Art and History, Esterházy Palace, Győr (H)

Art Market Budapest (with the Várfok Gallery), Budapest (H)
MIA Photo Fair (with the Várfok Gallery) Milan (I)
Black – Várfok Gallery, Budapest (H)

Art Market Budapest (with the Várfok Gallery), Budapest (H)
Viewfinders: Hungarian Photography from the Past Half Century 1967–2017” – Robert Capa Contemporary Photography Center, Budapest (H)
The Way They See: An Overview of Hungarian Photography – National Museum of Warsaw (PL)

Echoes: City, Society, Conflict & Self in Hungarian Photography – Alma Gallery, New York (USA)
Polish(ed) Hungarian – Apteka Sztuki Gallery, Warsaw (PL)
National Salon 2016 – Pictures and Pixels: Photographic Art and Beyond – Kunsthalle, Budapest (H)
artKARLSRUHE (with Várfok Gallery), Karlsruhe (D)
13 Mirrors: Contemporary Hungarian Photographers – Prospekto Galerija, Vilnius (LT)

Art Market Budapest (with Várfok Gallery), Budapest (H)
Várfok 25 – Selection from 25 private contemporary art collections – Várnegyed Gallery, Budapest (H)
Várfok Gallery‘s 25th Anniversary Exhibition – Várfok Gallery, Budapest (H)
Interpretations of Ornament in Fine Arts Today (1990–2015) – Várfok Gallery, Budapest (H)
Lichtbild und Datenbild: Spuren Konkreter Fotografie (Light Image and Data Image: Traces of Concrete Photography) – Museum im Kulturspeicher Würzburg (D)
art KARLSRUHE (with Várfok Gallery), Karlsruhe (D)

Contemporaries: Collectors and Artists – Hungarian and International Art from Private Collections in Hungary, 2010-2014 – New Budapest Gallery, Budapest (H)
National Cultural Fund – Works of Art 2014 – Várkert Bazár Southern Palace, Budapest (H)
Art Market Budapest (with Várfok Gallery), Budapest (H)
2. Vienna PhotoBook Festival 2014 – Brotfabrik Wien (A)
Cieli – Fondazione 107, Turin (I)

Space-relation – Art Quarter Budapest
Hungarian Art Photography in the New Millennium – Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest (H)
Fotojatka 7th international festival of photography, Prague – Brno – Ceské Budejovice, (CZ)
ARTplacc Contemporary Art Festival 2013, Tihany (H)
1. Vienna PhotoBook Festival, Brotfabrik Wien (A)
Creative Transgressions – Löffler Béla Museum, Kosice (SR)
SetUp Indipendent contemporary art fair, Bologna, (NOPX | limIededIionpics, Torino) (I)

Studio of Young Photographers: Progressive inquires – Hungarian Museum of Photography, Kecskemét (H)
ARTplacc Contemporary Art Festival 2012, Tihany (H)
Air – Claustra de Saint-Merry, Paris (F)
Traces – The Empire Project, Taksim, Istanbul (TR)
3×3 – Krisztina Palace, Budapest (H)
Csók István Picture Gallery, Székesfehérvár (H)
Touring exhibition of awarded works of FRAME011 international competition, Leica Gallery Prague (CZ); 4AM Gallery of Architecture, Brno (CZ); Month of Photography, Bratislava (SR)

Group show of Artist in Residence Program, Frankfurt am Main (D)
Eurart Project Pop-Up Show – Roodkapje Rotterdam (NL)
For Japan, exhibition of charity photography auction – HotShoe Gallery, London (GB)
Geomix 2.0 – B55 Contemporary Gallery, Budapest (H)
ConText, L. A. – Galerie Lothar Albrecht, Frankfurt am Main (D)
Vectors – Nessim Gallery, Budapest (H)

Contemporary Istanbul (TR)
Space Observation – Fogasház, Budapest (H)
C. A. R. Contemporary Art Ruhr, Essen (D)
Three Aspects: Contemporary Hungarian Photography – Galerie 4, Cheb, (CZ)
Absence – Nessim Gallery, Budapest (H)
MIA Photofair, Milano (I)

Before and Beyond Geometry – Godot Gallery, Budapest (H)

Marianne Brandt Contest – Saxon Museum of Industry, Chemnitz, (D)
Agitatto Gallery, Geneva, (CH)
Photo Biennial Dunaújváros, Hungary (H)

Intel Duality Competition – The Palace of Arts, Budapest (H)

Awards and Scholarships

grant of National Cultural Fund, Department of Visual Arts

recognition (finalist), Europäischer Architekturfotografiepreis 2013 (D)

2nd Prize and Special Prize of Leica Gallery Prague, FRAME011 international competition, Brno (CZ) special prize, Fotoporta Portfolio Review, Budapest (H)
Artist in Residence Program, Frankfurt am Main (D)

Lucien Hervé and Rodolf Hervé Prize, Paris (F)
3rd place and Honorable Mention, International Photography Awards

grant of National Cultural Fund, Department of Photography

special prize, Fotoporta Portfolio Review, Budapest (H)

Works in Public Collections
Deutsches ArchIekturmuseum, Frankfurt am Main (D)
Contemporary Art Collection, Benedictine Abbey, Pannonhalma (H)
Contemporary Art Collection, Manréza Spiritual and Cultural Centre, Dobogókő (H)
Hungarian Museum of Photography, Kecskemét (H)
Museum of Saint István, Székesfehérvár (H)