El KAZOVSZKIJ

El KAZOVSZKIJ

Paintings

About the works

Despite his Russian origins, the Kossuth Prize awarded El Kazovsky is one of the most characteristic persons of the contemporary Hungarian art scene. His artistic career began at the end of the ‘70s. Besides his paintings, his installations and performances are also significant. A common feature of his works in various genres is that they are all about the connections and relationships between the characters of his personal, subjective mythology based on classical mythology and philosophy. In his “theatre” – as the stage-like spaces and drop-like elements, cypresses, chimneys, rock and curtains all refer to the theatre – the story focuses on constant unfulfilled longing. The desired characters are present on his works as faceless torsos, ballerinas, Fates, Venuses, while one can observe the longing party (the subject of the artist himself) too: a dog-like wandering animal, who is the mediator between the painting and the viewer.

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El Kazovszkij
1948, Saint Petersburg
2008, Budapest

He lived and worked in Budapest since 1965.

Studies

1970 – 1977 Academy of Fine Arts, Department of Painting, Budapest (H)

Solo exhibitions

2018
Gift – B32 Gallery, Budapest (H)
Monument – Várfok Gallery, Budapest (H)

2016
Encore – Várfok Gallery, XO Hall, Budapest (H)

2015
Town Gallery – Deák Collection, Székesfehérvár (H)
The Survivor’s Shadow. The Life and Works of El Kazovsky – Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest (H)

2014
Jurisics Castle, Kőszeg (H)

2013
San Marco Gallery, Budapest (H)
Reverie – 2B Galéria, Budapest (H)

2012
Photomontages of El Kazovszkij – FUGA, Budapest (H)
Angels at the Museum – Municipal Museum of Art, Győr (H)

2008
The Partial Judgement – Várfok Gallery, XO Hall, Budapest (H)
Winter Journey – Hungarian Cultural Centre, Moscow (RUS)
Memorial Exhibition of El Kazovszkij – National Theater Hall, Budapest (H)
We are Thinking of You… – Kieselbach Gallery, Budapest (H)
Hommage a El Kazovszkij – Gallery IX., Budapest (H)

2007
Winter Journey III. – Szinyei Salon, Budapest (H)
New Paintings – Várfok Gallery, XO Hall, Budapest (H)
Paper Frieze II. – Bartók 32 Gallery, Budapest (H)
New Drawings – Fészek Gallery, Budapest (H)

2006
Winter Journey II. – Várfok Galéria – XO Terem, Budapest (H)
MU-Föld Gallery, Budapest (H)

2005
Várfok Gallery, XO Hall, Budapest (H)
El Kazovszkij – Russian Museum – Marble Palace, St.Petersburg (RUS)

2004
Storeyed View – Kunsthalle, Budapest (H)

2003
Flying Carpet – Hungarian Cultural Institute, New Delhi (IND)
Myself and My Swan II. – Várfok Gallery, XO Hall, Budapest (H)
Gallery of Modern Art, Győr (H)

2002
Exhibition of Collections – Town Museum, Győr (H)
Paper Frieze – Karinthy Salon, Budapest (H)
Myself and My Swan ¬– Várfok Gallery, XO Hall, Budapest (H)
Hungarian Institute, Stuttgart (D)
Erlin Gallery, Budapest (H)

2001
Museum of Modern Art, Győr (H)
Csepel Gallery (Várnagy Ildikó, Gulyás Gyula), Budapest (H)
Hat tyúk – Hattyúk [untranslatable word game] – Várfok Gallery, Budapest (H)
Deserted Island – Treasure Island – Godot Gallery, Budapest (H)

2000
The Gates of Paradise – Platán Gallery, Budapest (H)
Center for the Arts, Szombathely (H)
Etagen, Bühnen (with György Román) – Collegium Hungaricum, Vienna (A)
Storyed Pictures – Szinyei Salon, Budapest (H)
Hungarian Institute, Berlin (D)
Theater Gallery, Tatabánya (H)

1999
Hungarian Cultural Institute of Prague, Prague (CZ)
New Galathea Plantation – Várfok Gallery, Budapest (H)
New Galathea Plantation – French Institute, Budapest (H)
Drawings – Érintés Multiart Gallery, Budapest (H)

1998
Still Life on the Island – Dovin Gallery, Budapest (H)
Szinyei Salon, Budapest (H)

1997
Dovin Gallery, Budapest (H)
Roman Hungarian Cultural Academy, Rome (I)
Várfok Gallery – XO Hall, Budapest (H)

1996
Haus Ungarn, Berlin (D)
Purgatory – Central European University, Budapest (H)
Two animals. Bear and Dog – Dovin Gallery, Budapest (H)
Storyed Still life – Dovin Gallery, Budapest (H)
Várfok 14 Gallery, Budapest (H)

1995
Galeriile Etaj ¾ – Teatrul National, Bucharest (RO)
Várfok 14 Gallery, Budapest (H)

1994
Purgatory XIII. – Fészek Gallery, Budapest (H)
Várfok 14 Gallery, Budapest (H)
Purgatory XV. – Csók István Gallery, Székesfehérvár (H)
Impala House – Roczkov Gallery, Szeged (H)
Hungarian Cultural Centrum (with Szotyory László), Moscow (RUS)

1993
Small Purgatory – Kiscell Museum, Budapest (H)
Dovin Gallery, Budapest (H)
Polish Cultural Center (with László Szotyory), Budapest (H)

1992
Várfok 14 Gallery, Budapest (H)
Uitz Hall, Dunaújváros (H)
Center for the Arts, Pécs (H)
Hungarian Cultural Center, Helsinki (FIN)

1991
Várfok 14 Gallery, Budapest (H)
Sandbox in the Desert XI. – Kecskemét Gallery, Kecskemét (H)

1990
Sandbox in the Desert X. –Kunsthalle, Budapest (H)
Stations in the Desert VII. – Young Artists’ Club, Budapest (H)

1989
Stations in the Desert VII. – Fészek Artist Club (H)
Sandbox in the Desert VII. – Janus Pannonius Museum of Modern Art, Pécs (H)
Galerie Kelly, Heidelberg,Germany (D)
Artist’s Space Gallery, New York (US)

1988
Kiscell Museum – Municipal Picture Gallery, Budapest (H)
Iparterv Hall, Budapest (H)

1987
De Nieuwe Kerk, Amsterdam (NL)

1986
Vándorállat,Liget Gallery, Budapest (H)
Young Artists’ Club, Budapest (H)
Bartók Béla Cultural Center, Szeged (H)

1985
Animal in the Theatre, Young Artists’ Club, Budapest (H)
El Kazovsky, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Budapest (H)
Third Eye Centre, Glasgow (GB)

1984
Fényes Adolf Hall, Budapest (H)
Szombathely Picture-Gallery, Szombathely (H)
Youth Center, Pécs (H)
Exhibition of the Graphic Studio Series, Kecskemét Gallery, Kecskemét (H)

1983
Young Artists’ Club, Budapest (H)
Studio Gallery, Budapest (H)

1982
Győr Art Hall, Győr; (H)
Horváth Endre Gallery, Balassagyarmat (H)

1981
Ferencváros Pince Gallery, Budapest (H)
Pécs Gallery, Pécs (H)
Nádasdy Castle, Sárvár (H)

1979
Young Artist’ Club, Budapest (H)
Studio Gallery, Budapest (H)
Paper Factory at Csepel, Budapest (H)
Drawings of El Kazovsky, Szentendre Cultural Center (H)
József Attila University Club, Szeged (H)

1978
Budapest University of Horticulture (H)
About the Object and Objectification, Budapest University of Technology and Economics (H)
El Kazovsky: Panopticon Mock-ups, Fészek Artist Club, Budapest (H)
MOM Cultural Center, Budapest (H)

1977
Budapest University of Technology and Economics “E” Gallery (H)
Dózsa György Cultural Center, Budapest (H)
About the Object and Objectification, Young Artists’ Club, Budapest (H)

1976
Toldi Studio Cinema, Budapest (H)
Hungarian College of Drama and Film, Budapest (H)

1975
Budapest University of Technology and Economics “E” Gallery (H)

Selected Group Exhibitions

2018
Black – Várfok Gallery, Budapest (H)

2013
Variations of Space – plain representation of space, FUGA, Budapest (H)
Sinking Lines, Várfok Gallery, Budapest (H)
Precious Rarities of Collectors, Damjanich János Museum, Szolnok (H)

2012
Face to Face, French Institute, Budapest (H)
The Dark Chamber of Writing, Kunsthaus Zug, Zug (CH)
Dovin Gallery, Budapest (H)
Godot Gallery, Budapest (H)
Karton Gallery, Budapest (H)

2009
El Kazovsky and Sándor Molnár, City Picture Gallery, Szombathely (H)
ÉS-Exhibition, Bartók 32 Gallery, Budapest (H)
To See, French Institute, Budapest (H)

2008
Picture in the Picture, Várfok Gallery, XO Room, Budapest (H)
Astounding Tales, G19, Várfok Gallery, Budapest (H)
Summer Exhibition of the Várfok Gallery at the Berlin Cultural Institute, Berlin (D)
Does the Spirit Leave? El Kazovsky and Friends, Vasarely Museum, Pécs (H)

2007
Ars Poetica, Szombathely (H)
Bucharest-Budapest Bridge, Bartók 32 Gallery, Budapest (H)

2006
Hommage á Mulasics, Várfok Gallery – XO Hall
Plug, Contemporary Art Exhibition and Fair

2005
Plug, Contemporary Art Exhibition and Fair, Budapest
Ars Poetica, Várfok Gallery – XO Hall

2004
Still Lifes, Ernst Museum, Budapest (H)

2003
Passage of the Soul – Variations to Present the Invisible, Vigadó Gallery, Budapest (H)

2002
The End of Painting, Olof Palme House, Budapest

2001
Melancholy, Ernst Museum, Budapest (H)
Black and White Exhibition of Works on Paper, Kunsthalle, Budapest (H)
Group exhibition of the Process Society, Genf, (CH)
Dialogue – Painting at the Millennium, Art Hall, Budapest (H)

2000
Some other Time, Some other Place, Móra Ferenc Museum Gallery, Szeged (H)
Masters and Students, MûvészetMalom, Szentendre (H)

1999
Zeitgenössische Kunst aus Ungarn, Fellbach (D)

1998
Columns, Tölgyfa Gallery, Budapest (H)

1995
Europe: Creation-Recreation, Art Hall, Budapest (H)

1994
The 80s. Fine Arts, Ernst Museum, Budapest
Hungarica. L’Art Hongrois dans les Années ’80, Institut Hongrois, Párizs (F)
Tricolor – Contemporary Hungarian Art, Studio Gallery, Warsaw (PL)

1993
Contemporary Hungarian Art in the Ludwig Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art Ludwig Museum, Budapest (H)
Nueva Pintura del Este, Galería de Arte DETURSA, Madrid (E)
“Before and After”, International Monetary Fund Visitors Centre, Washington D.C. (USA)
Museum Kiscell Municipal Picture Gallery, Budapest (H)

1992
The Egg of Columbus, Exhibition of Hungarian-Iberian-American Contemporary Art, Art Hall, Budapest (H)
Introduction to Contemporary Art, Csók István Picture Gallery, Székesfehérvár (H)

1991
Homage à El Greco, Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest (H)
Metafora/Metaphor, Pécs Gallery, Pécs (H)

1990
Picture ’90. Exhibition of the Association of Hungarian Artists and Designers, Kunsthalle, Budapest (H)
Body-Decoration, Budapest Gallery, Budapest (H)
V. National Drawing Biennial, Nógrádi Sándor Museum, Salgótarján (H)
XII. National Graphics Biennial, Gárdonyi Géza Theater, Eger (H)
Galerie der Stadt Esslingen (D)
In Aführungszeichen. Groteske in der zeitgenössischen Ungarischen Kunst, Haus Ungarn, Berlin (D)
Hungarian Artists in Seoul, Space Group of Korea Gallery, Seoul (ROK)
Det Nya Ungers Konst, Kulturzentrum, Marvinsholm Ystad (S)
13 Artystów z Wêgier, Galerie Zachêta, Warsaw (PL)
Artǎ Maghiarǎ contemporanǎ Sala Dallas, Bucharest (RO)
Muzeul Colecþiilor, Cluj-Napoca (RO)

Prizes, Scholarships

2008
Palladium-Prize

2007
Ferenc Kölcsey-Prize

2002
Kossuth-Prize

2000
MAOE – main prize for painting

1994
5th International Cairo Biennale, Kairo

1989
Munkácsy-Prize

1982
Smohay-Prize

1980-1983
Derkovits Scholarship

Works in Public Collections:

Museum Kiscell – Municipal Picture Gallery, Budapest (H)
Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest (H)
Damjanich János Museum, Szolnok (H)
Ferenczy Museum Szentendre (H)
Gárdonyi Géza Museum, Eger (H)
Hatvany Lajos Museum, Hatvan (H)
Janus Pannonius Museum, Pécs (H)
Nógrádi Sándor Museum, Salgótarján (H)
King Saint Stephen Museum, Székesfehérvár (H)
Xantus János Museum, Gyõr (H)
Kecskemét Picture Gallery, Kecskemét (H)
Paks Picture Gallery, Paks (H)
Szombathely PIcture Gallery, Szombathely (H)
Foundation for Modern Art, Dunaújváros (H)
Galerie Gaudens Depedit, Lienz, (A)
Muzeum Sztuki, Lódz, (PL)
Galeria Sztuki, Szczecin, (PL)