ÁDÁM ALBERT

born in Veszprém, 1975
lives and works in Budapest

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My artistic approach reflects on the different aspects of the means and methods of cultural transmission, i.e. knowledge production, taking into account their changing modes over historical time and geographical space. I address these socio-political issues through aesthetics and through artworks. Therefore, the crafting of the works, the artistic form, the value of the skill, plays an important role in my work. A large part of my work is exhibited in installation form, as this form allows me to present certain problematics in a more nuanced and indirect way, integrating many different aspects through the juxtaposition of objects. These installations create a context that constitutes a research-based social, cultural, historical, political or economic critique, as I explore their historical context and its perpetuation in depth. In other words, I am not only showing individual moments of the past, but also the complex interrelationships, coexistence and often ambiguous interconnections of knowledge systems and knowledge production. Indirectly, I also draw attention to how the different frames of contexts change perspectives or create constellations that undermine or even reinforce the order of things. Through aesthetics, I seek to understand and critique systems of power, i.e. biopolitics, knowledge production, or the geopolitical foundations of social realities.

EXHIBITIONS

BIOGRAPHY

EDUCATION

2005 – 2010

DLA training, Doctoral School, Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts, Budapest

1998 – 2003

Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts, Budapest

SCHOLARSHIPS AND GRANTS

2012 –

Artist in residence at AtelierFrankfurt, Frankfurt am Main

2010 –

Hungarian Eötvös Scholarship – Germany

2009 – 2012

Derkovits Gyula Scholarship

2009 –

Hungarian Eötvös Scholarship – Germany

2007 –

Scholarship of the Hungarian Academy of Rome

2007 –

Essl Award 2007, 1st prize

2003 –

Erasmus Scholarship – Akademie der Bildenden Künste München

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2023

Regnum et Gloria, Kisterem, Budapest
Suspension of Disbelief – with Krisztián Kristóf and Dominika Trapp, Museum of Ethnoghraphy, Budapest

2022

The Future of the Past is the Present - with Márton Nemes, American Hungarian Library and Historical Society, New York

2020

Disconnected, Kisterem, Budapest

2018

Everything is Ours!, Kassák Museum, Budapest

2017

Dream of a Barn Owl, Kisterem, Budapest
Melancholy of the Deconstructed Meaning, Art Gallery Paks, Paks

2016

Taxography - with Anna Zilahi, Labor, Budapest

2015

Recollection - with Áron Kútvölgyi-Szabó and Martin Piacek, OFF Biennále Budapest

2014

The Bauxite Crisis, Kisterem, Budapest

2013

Descriptio, Fuga Galéria, Budapest Center of Architecture, Budapest

2012

Never Take a Trip Alone, Moholy-Nagy Studiogallery, CHB, Berlin

2011

Never Take a Trip Alone, NextArt Galéria, Budapest

2009

p, Cultural Institute Of The Republic Of Hungary, Bratislava
H.W.A.Á. – Free your mind, with Heidi Wood, Stúdió Galéria, Budapest

2008

decoder, NextArt Galéria, Budapest

2007

Mechanikus Paradicsom [Clockwork Paradise] – with Ádám Szabó, INDA Galéria, Budapest

2005

As If, Menü Pont Galéria, Műcsarnok-Kunsthalle, Budapest
Identify Yourself, Csikász Galéria, Művészetek Háza, Veszprém

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2024

C80 – Aesthetics of Cancer?, Semmelweis University, Budapest
IN MARGINE: Frame, Plinth, Vitrine, 8smička - zóna pro umění, Humpolec

2022

Emplotment, Ludwig Museum, Budapest
The Man Who Stepped into Paint, MKE PROFIL, Budapest

2021

Setting a Modell: Pictorial Constructions of the Human Body, Hungarian Academy of Fine arts - Barcsay hall, Budapest
Invisible Spectra, Pannonhalmi Főapátság, Pannonhalma
Sketch, Kisterem, Budapest
Universum – SEFO 2021 Triennial, Olomouc Museum of Art, Olomouc

2020

Finally We Can Learn Something, Kincsem Palace (organised by Kisterem), Budapest

2019

Esterházy Art Award Hungary 2019, Ludwig Museum – Contemporary Art Museum
Listing VIII., Kisterem

2018

Form Creation Strategies, Labor, Budapest
Zeitgeistlos, Hans Knoll Galerie, Vienna

2017

Westkunst – Ostkunst. A new collection display, Ludwig Museum – Museum of Contemporary Art, Budapest
Flying Kayak, OFF-Biennale Budapest
Generosos animos labor nutrit, Omnivore Gallery, Budapest

2016

Przesilenie / Solstice / Napforduló, Panel Contemporary, Budapest
What kind of creature is an artist? – The 2016 Traditional Annual Exhibition of the Studio of Young Artists’ Association (SYAA, Budapest)
PHOTO / MODEL, Images between Art and Nature, Hungarian University of Fine Arts, Budapest

2015

Papier / Paper V – ZEICHNUNG, Clement and Schneider, Bonn
Mindsets, Studio of Young Artists’ Association (SYAA), Budapest
Leopold Bloom Award, Új Budapest Galéria-New Budapest Gallery, Budapest
Hungarian and International Art from Private Collections in Hungary, 2010–2014, Új Budapest Galéria-New Budapest Gallery, Budapest

2014

THE MOST – The FKSE’s 2014 Traditional Annual Exhibition, Budapest
[silence] – A Holocaust Exhibition, Ludwig Museum, Budapest
Pensive Pictures, Good bye! Fantasztikus földrajz és képzelt közösségek, Higgs Field, Budapest
Szabadkéz [Free-hand] , MODEM, Modern és Kortárs Művészeti Központ, Debrecen

2013

Shifts. Hungarian Art After 1945. Rearranged permanent exhibition, Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest
Fantastic Stuff, Kisterem, Budapest
Rajz.Ok [Drawing.Ok], Viltin Galéria, Budapest

2012

Artist in Residence-International Künstleraustausch 2012 – Kulturamt Frankfurt am Main, Atelierfrankfurt
Másodfokú Egyenletek [Quadratic Equtions], Kepes Institute, Eger

2011

Profile Budapest, Galerie Schuster, Berlin
Magáért Beszél [Speaks for itself], Magyar Nemzeti Galéria-Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest
Senior, Studió Galéria, Budapest

2010

Donumenta 2010, Kunstforum Ostdeutsche Galerie, Regensburg
Anatomy of a Street, London Festival of Architecture, London

2009

Free Artwork, ODY – C2001, Paris
JCE Biennial of Contemporary Art, Montrouge
Pixelek [Pixels], Ernst Múzeum, Budapest

2008

Lenmechanika [Mechanics of the Canvas], Ernst Múzeum, Budapest
Tetszőleges lényeg – A táj 2000 után [Optional essence – Landscape after 2000], Szombathelyi Képtár, Szombathely
Rundgang der SpinnereiGalerien Leipzig, LADA 2008, Leipzig
Essl Award. Junge Kunst in Mittel- und Südosteuropa, Kunstforum Ostdeutsche Galerie Regensburg
Nem Kötelező [Not compulsory], Stúdió Galéria, Budapest

2007

2007 Essl Award Winners, Essl Museum, Wien/Klosterneuburg
Hírtelen [Newsless], Dorottya Galéria, Budapest
10 Essl Award Nominees, Ludwig Museum-Contemporary Art Museum, Budapest

2006

Vorfahrt- Kunst im Spannungsfeld zwischen Privatheit und Öffentlichkeit, Stuttgart

2004

Élő struktúrák [Living Structures], Ateliers Pro Arts/ A.P.A!, Budapest

2003

Grafika – Foto – Grafika [Graphic – Photo – Graphic], Ateliers Pro Arts / A.P.A.!, Budapest
La Grafica Ungherese del ‘900, Finale Ligure

2002

‘Roma – Budapest: due Accademie a confronto’, Galleria Il Quadrato di Omega, Roma
Albert Ádám, Huszár László, Varga Bálint’s exhibition, Művészetek Háza, Szombathely

WORKS IN PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Ludwig Museum – Contemporary Art Museum, Budapest
Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest
Művészetek Háza – House of Arts, Veszprém

Videos

Publications

SELECTED PRESS

Lépold, Zsanett: Gavrilo Princip álma [Gavrilo Princip’s dream], Artmagazin online

András, Edit: From the future of the past – artistic progress thinking and the dream of an enlightened society, Springerin, 2018/4, pp 44-47

Altmann, Susanne: Lines unfaithful, Art Das Kunstmagazin, 2018/9, pp 38-51

Ádám Albert at Art Gallery Paks – Art Viewer, March 15, 2017

Ádám Albert at Kisterem – Art Viewer, March 31, 2017

„Mikroszinten is ismétli magát a történelem” – Albert Ádám, képzőművész, Artportal, 2018. 06. 06. 

Magányos növény az ember, Artportal, 2018. 07. 01. 

With a Blind Map in Our Hands: Contemporary Hungarian Art and the Anthropocene, Artportal, 2018. 12. 12.

Albert Ádám: The gardener’s truth, Balkon

Ádám Albert | Melancholy of the Disconstructed Meaning | Dream of a Barn Owl, Balkon, 2017.04.23.

The Best and Worst of Art in Central Europe in 2018, BLOK Magazine, 9 January 2019

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