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Péter Korniss, recipient of the Kriterion Wreath, donates photographic archive to the Museum of Fine Arts

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Albert-László Barabási és Péter Korniss
photo: MTI/ Szilárd Koszticsák

We are delighted to announce that photographer Péter Korniss, represented by the Várfok Gallery, has been awarded the Kriterion Wreath. The award was handed over by renowned physicist and researcher Albert-László Barabási on a ceremony held in the Museum of Fine Arts. On this special occasion, Korniss announced that he would donate his entire photographic archive, encompassing his rich oeuvre, to the institution. The extensive collection of more than 34 000 photographs will be accessible to researchers at the Central European Art History Research Institute in Budapest.

Korniss recounted his fond memories of his 2017-18 solo exhibition in the Hungarian National Gallery, revealing that the show prompted him to eventually make the generous donation to the Museum of Fine Arts. “My heart is full of joy as I hand over my treasured collection of photographs as I know it will be in good hands.” – the artist expressed his gratitude towards the renowned Budapest museum and its department Central European Art History Research Institute.

Péter Korniss’ œuvre is one of the richest bodies of work in Hungarian contemporary photography. He earned his reputation as a documentary photographer capturing the life of traditional village people in Eastern Europe, particularly in Transylvania. Created between 1979 and 1988, his series about the life of a worker commuting between Budapest and his home village, entitled The Guest Worker (A vendégmunkás) is considered to be a landmark in Hungarian photography.

On the awards ceremony, a new, extensive album on Korniss’ work was introduced. Entitled Photographs 1959-2017, the album was published jointly by Bookart Publications and Iskola Foundation. Besides showcasing the artist’s most emblematic, widely recognized photographs, the book also explores lesser-known, rare images, ranging from the earliest collection of reportage photography to elaborate series shot in different parts of the world. The book enriches Korniss’ exceptionally broad and historically significant oeuvre greatly.


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