János SZIRTES

János SZIRTES

Multipiece Compositions

Midnight

Pastose Autoportrait

Hello

Voronoi Diagram

Pluss

The Metamorphosis of a Pattern

Rulett Noir

Vegetation

Lying Tree

Ayano

Children

Bodyprints

1980s

Paperworks

About the works

János Szirtes is an exceptionally important, versatile artist of the Hungarian art scene. As an artist he is primarily an abstract painter and a performer, but his installations, films, and video works are also significant. His painting went through several stages, from the utilization of organic-surrealistic motifs through the use of crystal-like natural structures, to the layered formalist compositions, where the experience of space is given through the layering of variously ornamented textures. As recognition of his artistic merist, János Szirtes was awarded the Munkácsy Prize in 1990 and the Merit Cross of the Order of the Republic of Hungary in 2009 among many other awards. His works became part of some significant public collections such as the Ludwig Museum in Aachen (Germany), the Swedish Upplands Kunstmuseum, the Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest, the Hungarian National Gallery, or the Janus Pannonius Museum in Pécs.

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János SZIRTES
1954, Budapest (H)

Studies

2002
Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts, Ph.D., Budapest (H)
1980 – 1983
Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts, MA, Budapest (H)
1977 – 1980
Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts, Department of Printing Art, Budapest (H)
1975 – 1977
Academy of Fine Arts, Department of Printing Art, Bratislava (SK)

Solo exhibitions

2018
Musical videos I.-II.-III. – Liget Gallery, Budapest (H)
Sstrong Jánoss. Selected Performances from the 80’s – Várfok Project Room, Budapest (H)
2017
Most Recent and Former Artworks – Várfok Gallery, Budapest (H)
2014
Midnight – Várfok Gallery, Várfok Project Room, Budapest (H)
Pro/Contra – Pécsi m21 Gallery, Zsolnay Cultural District, Pécs (H)
Munkácsy Memorial House, Békéscsaba (H)
2013
Pastose Self – Portrait – Hungarian Institute, Tallin (EST)
2012
Pastose Self – Portrait – Várfok Gallery, Budapest (H)
2009
January, February, the Summer is here! – XO Gallery, Budapest (H)
Town Gallery – Szentendre (H)
2008
Vízivárosi Gallery, Budapest (H)
2006
Raiffeisen Gallery, Budapest (H)
Click-clack, bang-bang – Fészek Gallery, Budapest (H)
2005
Plus – Várfok Gallery, Budapest (H)
2004
Hidden Holocaust (’Shame-secret’ titled video-installation) – Kunsthalle, Budapest (H)
Sziget Festival 2004, (’Shame-secret’ titled video-installation), Budapest (H)
2003
Metamorphosis of the Pattern – XO Gallery, Budapest (H)
2002
Várfok Gallery, Budapest (H)
Portál Gallery, Budapest (H)
2001
Várfok Gallery, Budapest (H)
X. Teresa Arte Actuale, Mexico City (MEX)
House of Arts, Bern (CH)
2000
Várfok Gallery, Budapest (H)
Szombathelyi Gallery, Szombathely (H)
1999
Várfok Gallery, Budapest (H)
1998
Várfok Gallery, XO Gallery, Budapest (H)
1997
Lying Tree III. – Fészek Gallery, Budapest (H)
Galéria la Etaj – Felateatrul National, Bucharest (RO)
Lying Tree – Lying Crystal – Kiscelli Museum, Budapest (H)
1996
Bartók 32 Gallery, Budapest (H)
Home Gallery, Budapest (H)
1995
Bomb Alarm – Vigadó Gallery, Budapest (H)
1994
Art Hall in Tűzoltó street, Budapest (H)
Csikász Gallery, House of Arts, Veszprém (H)
1993
Hungarian Institute, Helsinki (FIN)
Art-Werpen, Antwerpen (D)
Ludwig Museum, Budapest (H)
1992
Várfok Gallery, Budapest (H)
Grenzenlos, Installation and Performance – Bethanien Haus, Berlin (D)
Spicchi dell’Est Srl Galleria D’Arte, (with Gábor Záborszky), Rome (I)
Ernst Museum, Budapest (H)
1991
Art Hall of the Museum of Győr (with László feLugossy), Győr (H)
Installation – Ludwig Forum, Aachen (D)
Installation – Moltkerei Werkstadt, Köln (D)
Library of Békés County, Békéscsaba (H)
1990
Fészek Gallery, Budapest (H)
House of Arts, Bielefeld (D)
1989
BCongress Centre, Budapest (H)
Templom Gallery, Esztergom (H)
Liget Gallery, Budapest (H)
1988
French Institut, Budapest (H)
Gallery of Szombathely, Szombathely (H)
Moltkerei Werkstadt, Köln (D)
1987
Stúdió Gallery, Budapest (H)
1986
Modern Hungarian Gallery, Pécs (H)
1985
Liget Gallery, Budapest (H)
Post-traditionelle Kunst, vier Maler aus Budapest – Mana Gallery, Wien (A)
Galerie Dienstag Künstlerhaus, Stuttgart (D)
1983
Young Artists’ Club, Budapest (H)
1982
Rendez-Vous Minimal Music Festival – Szkéné Theatre, Budapest (H)
Bástya Gallery, Budapest (H)
1981
University of Horticulture and Food Industry, Budapest (H)

Selected Group Exhibitions

2019
Exhibition of the 18. Open Space Art Camp in Mezőszemere – Arkt Art Provider, Eger (H)
2018
Art Market (with Várfok Gallery), Budapest (H)
ArtKARLSRUHE (with Várfok Gallery), Karlsruhe (D)
Black – Várfok Gallery, Budapest (H)
Open Space 2016-2017 – Arkt Art Provider, Eger (H)
2017
Levitation – Ferenczy Art Centrum, ArtMill, Szentendre (H)
ANTILOGIC – Contemporary Hungarian Gallery of Dunaszerdahely, Dunaszerdahely (SLO)
2016
Antiinstrument – Lajos Vajda Cellar-gallery, Szentendre (H)
100th Jubilee of the Dadaism – Lajos Vajda Cellar-gallery, Szentedre (H)
GEM / GAMEClip – Modern and Contemporary Art Center, Debrecen (H)
Over the Over – Lajos Vajda Cellar-gallery, Szentendre (H)
ANTILOGIC (Mediawave Festival) – Fortress of Monostor, Komárom (H)
Commemoration about the Founders – MANK Old Art Camp and Gallery, Szentendre (H)
The Centrum of the Word – ArtMill, Szentendre (H)
2015
Exhibition. 25th jubilee of the Várfok Gallery – Várfok Gallery, Budapest (H)
Timepage – Új Budapest Gallery, Budapest (H)
Art Market (with Várfok Gallery), Budapest (H)
Clear Light – Vasarely Museum, Budapest (H)
Interpretation of Ornament in Fine Arts Today (1999-2015) – Várfok Gallery, Budapest (H)
2014
Art Market (with Várfok Gallery), Budapest (H)
Colourful Facts – Abigail Gallery and Auction House, Budapest (H)
Angles – Várfok Gallery, Budapest (H)
…tiny irritation…, Exhibition: Members of Lajos Vajda Studio – MAMŰ Gallery, Budapest (H)
2013
XII. Mezőszemere Art Colony – Godot Gallery, Budapest (H)
Dipping – Új Budapest Gallery, Bálna, Budapest (H)
Diving Lines – Várfok Gallery, Budapest (H)
What the hell, the Lajos Vajda Studio is 40+1 years old – ArtMill, Szentendre (H)
2012
feLugossy László & Szirtes János – Várfok Gallery, Budapest (H)
8th Stunt – jungle, MŰÚT exhibitions – Gallery of Miskolc, Museum of Contemporary Art, Miskolc (H)
2011
In the Blink of an Eye – Várfok Gallery, Budapest (H)
The Fészek Gallery is 30 years old – Anniversary exhibition III. part – Fészek Gallery, Budapest (H)
2010
Paradogma – Várfok Gallery, XO Hall, Budapest (H)
On Paper – Várfok Gallery, Várfok Hall, Budapest (H)
Crescendo – Várfok Gallery, XO Hall, Budapest (H)
Impulso – Várfok Gallery, Várfok Hall, Budapest (H)
Art Fanatics 2. – Kunsthalle, Budapest (H)
Crop Rotation – Várfok Gallery, Várfok Hall, Budapest (H)
2009
Hommage á El Kazovszkij – Várfok Gallery, XO Hall, Budapest (H)
Nude, Girls – Várfok Gallery, Várfok Hall, Budapest (H)
2008
Picture in Picture – Várfok Gallery, XO Hall, Budapest (H)
Ice Cubes. Summer exhibition – Várfok Gallery, Várfok Hall, Budapest (H)
After Yesterday. Jubilee Exhibition – Várfok Gallery, XO Hall, Budapest (H)
2007
Budapest Art Fair (with Várfok Galleryl) – Kunsthalle, Budapest (H)
Hungarian Institut from Brussels (with Várfok Gallery), Budapest (H)
2006
Hommage á Mulasics – Várfok Gallery, XO Hall, Budapest (H)
2004
Hidden Holocaust – Kunsthalle, Budapest (H)
Mediafactory – Zsolnay Factrory, Pécs (H)
Exhibition of Lajos Vajda Studio (Székesfehérvár Art Weeks) – Leather factory, Székesfehérvár (H)
Green-mania – Várfok Gallery, Budapest (H)
Le Lieu Arts Centre, Quebec (CDN)
Reflection – XO Hall, Várfok Gallery; Kieselbach Gallery, Budapest (H)
Drawing – ArtMill, Szentendre (H)
2003
Lajos Vajda Studio, Szentendre (H)
Hungarian Performance Festival, Szentendre (H)
The Tale of the Winter – Várfok Gallery, XO Hall, Budapest (H)
2002
Permanent Exhibition – Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest (H)
Dialogue. Austrian and Hungarian Contemporary Art – Budapest Gallery, Budapest (H)
Real Image – Open Space – Lajos Hatvany Museum, Hatvan (H)
30th Anniversary Exhibition – Lajos Vajda Studio, Szentendre; Kunsthalle, Budapest (H)
MAMÜ Gallery, Budapest (H)
Translator’s House, Siófok (H)
KunstMesse, Cologne (D)
2001
German and Hungarian Contemporary Art – Kassák Museum, Budapest (H)
Summer Exhibition – ArtMill, Szentendre (H)
The jubilee exhibition of the art colony, Szentendre (H)
VAM Design Gallery, Budapest (H)
2000
Porsche M5, Budapest (H)
Innovation. Invention. Intention – Kunsthalle, Budapest (H)
Dialogue. Painting at the turn of the Millenium – Kunsthalle, Budapest (H)
House of Arts, Pécs (H)
Gebauer Gallery, Pécs (H)
Oil/ Canvas, Central-European travelling exhibition
Zeitgenössische Kunst aus Ungarn, Fellbach (D)
Transpositions – Budapest Gallery, Budapest (H)
Contemporary Art of the 90’s – House of Arts, Gyõr (H)
É. S. Exhibition – Vizivárosi Gallery, Budapest (H)
1999
Body art-East – Municipal Gallery, Ljubjana (SLO)
The Art of the Nineties – Akademie der Künste, Berlin (D)
ARCO, Madrid (ESP)
Vision – Kunsthalle, Budapest (H)
Hungarian Institut, Párizs (F)
Exhibition oh the Szentendre Art Coliny – ArtMill, Szentendre (H)
Oil/ Canvas – Kunsthalle, Budapest (H)
Model – Kunsthalle, Budapest (H)
Painting – ArtMill, Szentendre (H)
1992
Art Fair, Bolzano (I)
Epigon – Liget Gallery, Budapest (H)
Colombus’ egg – Kunsthalle, Budapest (H)
1991
Metaphor – Pécsi Gallery, Pécs (H)
Ulm Gallery, Ulm (A)
Hommage á El Greco – Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest (H)
New Ludwig Museum, Budapest (H)
Studio Exhibition – Ernst Museum, Budapest (H)
Flags – Fészek Gallery, Budapest (H)
1990
Triumf I. – Charlottenborg, Coppenhagen (DK)
Triumf 2. – Kunsthalle, Budapest (H)
Ressource Kunst – Kunsthalle, Budapest (H)
Hungarian Gallery, Strassbourg (F)
Stuart Lévi Gallery, New York (USA)
1989
Symmetry – Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest (H)
New Art of Hungary, San Francisco; Los Angeles (USA)
1988
Young Hungarian Painters, Prague (CZ)
Young Hungarian Artists, Berlin; Rostock (D)
1987
Upplands Kunstmuseum, Uppsala (S)
Eight Hungarian Artists, Jerusalem (IL)
New Sensibility, Pécs (H)
19th National Biennale, Sao Paolo (BR)
Exhibition of Shotebis Auction House, London (GB)
1985
Drei Generationen Ungarischer Künstler – Neue Galerie am Landesmuseum Joanneum, Künstlerhaus, Graz (A)
Eklectic ’85 – Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest (H)
Joan Miró Draw Biennale, Barcelona (E)
1984
Young Hungarian Artists – Studio Seine Gallery, Warsaw (PL)
Contemporary Hungarian Painting, Helsinki (SF)
Picture ’84 II. – Fészek Gallery, Budapest (H)
1983
Film/Art – Budapest Gallery, Budapest (H)
The collective painting action of the INDIGO-group – Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest (H)
Veil – Fészek Club, Budapest (H)
1982
Makó art colony, Makó (H)
1981
Heavy and Soft, INDIGO – Óbudai Gallery, Budapest (H)
1980
Biography – Young Artists Club, Budapest (H)
Paper, INDIGO, Budapest (H)
1979
Quit for Artists, INDIGO – MOM Culture House, Budapest (H)
Weight, INDIGO – MOM Culture House, Budapest (H)
1978
The Carbon and Drawing with Carbon, INDIGO, Budapest (H)
Awards, Scholarships
2009
Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary, Officer’s Cross
2003
Széchenyi István Fellowship
1999-2002
Széchenyi Professor’s Fellowship
1994
Scholarship of Salzburg Künstlerhaus, Salzburg
1990
Munkácsy Prize
1989
Scholarship of the Hungarian Academy of Rome
1984-1987
Derkovits Scholarship
1986
Award of the 10th National Aquarelle Biennale, Eger
1983-1984
Scholarship of Studio of Young Artists Association,
1982
Béla Kondor Prize (Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts)

Works in Public Collections

Johnnie Walker for A.r.t. Foundation, Tokio (J)
Ludwig Museum, Aachen (D)
M. Sztuki Poznań (POL)
Upplands Konstmuseum, Uppsala (SWE)
Dezső Laczkó Museum, Veszprém (H)
First Hungarian Spectacle, Tapolca-Diszel (H)
Gallery of the Capital city, Budapest (H)
Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest (H)
Janus Pannonius Museum, Pécs (H)
King Saint Stephen Museum, Székesfehérvár (H)
Ludwig Museum, Budapest (H)
Miskolci Gallery, Miskolc (H)
Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest (H)
Paksi Gallery, Paks (H)
Szentendrei Gallery, Szentendre (H)
Szombathelyi Gallery, Szombathely (H)
Town Gallery, Győr (H)