PÉTER KORNISS

PÉTER KORNISS

In Town

Tradition

Transition

The Guest Worker

North American Indians

The Past

Early Works

About the works

Péter Korniss has been one of the best-known Hungarian photographers for many decades. His photographs has been exhibited in several European countries and in the United States of America – he has had solo shows in sixteen countries so far. He has earned his reputation as a documentary photographer, but he was able to create his artworks in the last few decades by extending the genre’s boundaries. He is a member of several important professional photography organizations, and his photos have been published in the most prestigious magazines such as National Geographic, Geo or Time. In 1978, he began to follow the life of a guest-worker, András Skarbit for more than a decade: the series, The Guest Worker (1988) can be considered as one of the milestones of the Hungarian photography. After the spontaneously captured pictures, Korniss makes staged photographs since the ‘90s in which we can be witnesses of the special mixture of traditions and modernity.

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Péter KORNISS
1937, Cluj-Napoca (RO)

Studies

1955
studies law at ELTE University of Budapest, he was expelled in 1956 for political reasons

1958–1961
works as unskilled labourer at the Budapest Photographers Association besides lab work, he helps the photographers as an assistant (i.e. at theatre plays), while working on weekends as a photographer at sport events for the Képes Sport magazine

1959
first photo assignment by the Hungarian Ballet Academy

1961
passes the professional examination in photography

Solo Exhibitions

2019
Transizione – Museo di Roma in Trastevere, Rome (I)

2018  
Transitions (Prechody) – Mirbach Palace, Bratislava (SLO)
Touha po vecnosti – Gallery of the Old Town Hall, Prague (CZ)
Continuing Memories – Muzeul National de Arta al României & Balassi Institute,    Bucharest (RO)

2017
Long Distance – Várfok Gallery, Budapest (H)
Continuing Memories – Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest (H)

2016
Nativity Players – MODEM, Debrecen (H)
Lábasház, Sfântu Gheorghe (RO)

2014
Új Kriterion Galéria, Miercuera Ciuc (RO)      

2013
Kállay & Korniss-House of Arts, Bratislava (SLO)

2012
Continuation – Várfok Galéria, Budapest (H)

2011  
LS LandskronSchneidzik Galerie, Nürnberg (D)

2010  
National Museum of Art, Cluj-Napoca (RO)
Hungarian Cultural Centre, New York (USA)
Abbey of Tihany (H)
Skotia Gallery, Santa Fe (NM / USA)

2008  
Mű-Terem Galéria, Debrecen (H)

2005  
FotoArtFestival, Bielsko-Biala (PL)

2002  
Galéri Fotografie Profil, Bratislava (SLO)

2001  
Galerie le Pont Neuf, Paris (F)

2000  
Museum of Cultures, Helsinki (FIN)
Hoved Bibliotek, Kopenhagen (DK)
Zilinskas Gallery, Kaunas (LT)
History Museum, Riga (LV)
National Museum, Tartu (EST)

1999  
Muzeul Taranului Roman (Romanian Peasant Museum), Bucharest (RO)
Staromestská radnice (Old City Town Hall), Prague (CZ)
FOTOFO (Central European House of Photography), Bratislava (SK)
Cabanas Museum, Guadalajara (MEX)

1998  
Kunsthalle, Budapest (H)

1996  
Oscar Wilde House, Dublin (IRL)

1990  
Aspekte Galerie, München (D)

1989  
Canon Gallery, Amsterdam (NL)

1988  
Kunsthalle, Budapest (H)
Galerija Fotografija, Split (YU)

1985  
Casa de la Cultura, Quito (EC)

1983  
Canon Gallery, Amsterdam (NL)

1982  
Salon Fotografije, Beograd (YU)

1980  
Musée Nicéphore Niépce, Chalon-sur-Saône (F)
Museum of Tihany (H)

1978  
t’Hoogt Gallery, Utrecht (NL)

1977  
Rutgers University, New Brunswick (N. J. / USA)

1974  
Kunsthalle, Budapest (H)

1972  
Kluuvi Galery, Helsinki (FIN)

Selected Group Exhibitions

2018
Promote, Tolerate, Ban: Art and Culture in Cold War Hungary – The Wende Museum, California (USA)
Art Market (with Várfok Gallery), Budapest (H)

2017   
View. Hungarian Photography in the Last Half-century 1967-2017 – Capa Center, Budapest (H)
The Way They See. An Overview of Hungarian Photography – National Museum of Warsaw, Warsaw (PL)
Time of actions. Housing Movements in the XX. Century – Kassák Museum, Budapest      (H)

2016   
Dubai Photo Exhibition, Dubai (UAE)
artKARLSRUHE (with Várfok Gallery), Karlsruhe (D)

2015   
artKARLSRUHE (with Várfok Gallery), Karlsruhe (D)

2011   
Eyewitness – 20th Century Hungarian Photography – Royal Academy of Arts, London (GB)

2008  
Meeting Europe / Hungary (Apollonia) – Strasbourg Contemporary Art Fair (F)

2007  
Month of Photography, Kraków (PL)

2005  
Festival Photo, La Gacilly (F)

2000  
Dance Through the Times – Palazzo Reale, Milan (I)

1999   
Festival de l’Image, Le Mans (F)

1992  
Les Trésors du Musée Niépce – Musée Nicéphore Niépce, Chalon-sur-Saône (F)

1987  
Hungarian Photography Today – National Media Museum, Bradford (GB)

1986  
Studio Nadar – Ernst Museum, Budapest (H)

1982  
History of Hungarian Photography from 1840 to 1981– Kunsthalle, Budapest (H)

1976  
Exposition, Fotography/Art – Hatvany Lajos Museum, Hatvan (H)

1968  
Photography of Dance – Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest (H)

1963  
Women in the 20th Century Photography – Ernst Museum, Budapest (H)

1961  
International Photography- Ernst Museum, Budapest (H)

Awards, Scholarships

1957  
Balázs Béla Award

1976  
UN Habitat Award – Grand Prix

1995  
Prize for Hungarian Art

1999  
Kossuth Prize

2004  
Joseph Pulitzer Memorial Prize

2004  
Prima Primissima – Prima Prize

2005  
Pro Homeland Prize

2010  
Hungarian Heritage Prize

2018  
Prima Primissima Prize

Works in Public Collections

Déri Museum, Debrecen (H)
Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (USA)
Museum of Hungarian Photography, Kecskemét (H)
Musée Nicephore Niépce, Chalon-sur-Saône (F)
National Media Museum (National Museum of Photography, Film & Television), Bradford (GB)