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GYÖRGY JOVÁNOVICS

born in Budapest, 1939
lives and works in Budapest

Hungarian sculptor, is a prominent figure of the Hungarian avant-garde. After finishing his studies at the academy of Fine Arts he soon becomes member of the so called Iparterv group ( a group of dissident artists named after the exhibition place). He travels and exhibits extensively in Europe however when he receives the DAAD Scholarship to Berlin he gets his passport and permission to leave Hungary only after two years obstructions. He stays in West-Berlin for four years from 1980. In 1983 he returns to Hungary but keeps visiting Berlin from time to time for various exhibition and teaching projects.

He becomes a Professor of Sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts soon after the political changes in 1990.

He exhibited all over Europe, represented Hungary at the Venice Biennial in 1995 and also had shows in Seoul, South Korea, Israel and in the USA.

Jovánovics had numerous commissions for political monuments and external decorations after the political changes and finished his large-scale outdoor sculpture for a public space in 2009, the construction in front of a campus is made of steel and is 33 meter high.

EXHIBITIONS

BIOGRAPHY

EDUCATION

1958 – 1960

Academy of Fine Arts, Budapest, major in sculpture

1964 – 1965

Studied at Akademie für Angewandte Kunst, Vienna

1965 – 1966

Studied at Academie des Beaux Arts, Paris

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2021

The Pattern: The Original MÜPA Reliefs, FUGA Budapest Center of Architecture, Budapest

2018

Best Work of My Life, Quadro 21 Gallery, Cluj-Napoca

2016

Vaszary Gallery, Balatonfüred
The Relief, from White to Black, Mayor Gallery, London

2009

Sassetta – Jovánovics, Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest
Southern France Landscape 1965-66, Kisterem, Budapest

2008

Photographic works between 1970 and 1978 – “...reflaction of reality on reality”, Kisterem, Budapest

2002

Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin

2000

Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin
Dovin Galéria, Budapest
Mai Manó Ház, Budapest
Fészek Galéria, Budapest

1999

Hallein

1988

Galeria u Jezuitów, Poznan

1996

Galerie Gaudens Pedit, Lienz
Kiscelli Múzeum, Budapest
Szent István Király Múzeum, Csók Képtár, Székesfehérvár
Collegium Hungaricum, Vienna
Hungarian Academy, Rome

1995

XLVI. Venice Biennial, Hungarian Pavilion

1994

Fészek Galéria, Budapest
Galerie Hartmann und Noé, Berlin

1991

Galerie Hartmann und Noé, Berlin

1990

Galerie der Stadt Fellbach

1989

Kiscelli Múzeum, Budapest
Óbudai Művelődési Központ, Budapest

1986

Galerie Zellermayer-Lorenzen, WestBerlin

1985

István Király Múzeum, Székesfehérvár
Józsefvárosi Galéria, Budapest

1983

Künstlerhaus Bethanien, West-Berlin

1982

Galerie für Kunst Architekture, Hamburg
Galerie Holtmann, Hannover
Galerie Zellermayer-Lorenzen, West-Berlin

1981

Galerie Zellermayer-Lorenzen, West-Berlin

1980

Institut Français, Budapest

1977

Fiatal Művészek Klubja, Budapest

1971

Museum Folkwang (with Imre Bak), Essen

1970

Fényes Adolf Terem (with István Nádler), Budapest

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2019

Iparterv 50+, Ludwig Museum, Budapest

2018

The Hungarian Avant-garde. Third Generation, Tajan Artstudio, Paris
1971 – Parallel Nonsynchronism, Kiscell Museum, Budapest
BOOKMARKS – Revisiting Hungarian Art of the 1960s and 1970s, The Vinyl Factory, London
Form Creation Strategies, Labor, Budapest

2017

With the Eyes of Other, Elizabeth Dee Gallery, New York
Abstract Hungary, Künstlerhaus – Halle für Kunst und Medien, Graz

2015

Last Years’ Snow: The Hungarian Neo-Avant-Garde in the 1970s and 80s, Austin/Desmond Fine Art, London
Siliconvalse. The Hungarian Reality, Brno House of Arts, Brno
BOOKMARKS – Hungarian Neo-Avant-Garde and Post-Conceptual Art from the Late 1960s to the Present, Art Cologne; Off Biennálé Budapest, Meo, Budapest

2013

BOOKMARKS – Hungarian Neo-Avant-Garde and Post-Conceptual Art from the Late 1960s to the Present, Budapest

2002

Situation Ungarn. Kunst vor und nach der Wende, Max Liebermann Haus, Berlin
Vision. Kunsthalle, Budapest

2000

Aspekte. Positionen 50 Jahre Kunst aus Mitteleuropa. Palais Lichtensetein – 20er Haus, bécs – Ludwig Múzeum, Budapest
Zeitgenössische Kunst aus Ungarn. Galerie der Stadt Fellbach
Samizdat. Akademie der Künste, Berlin
Vízivárosi Galéria, Budapest
Artist Collection. Moderna Galerija, Ljubljana

1999

Kunst der neuziger Jahre in Ungarn. Akademie der Künste, Berlin
Ungarn 2000. Ausstellungszentrum, München
MOST Zeitgenössische Kunst Ungarn. Museum Bochum
Perspective, Kunsthalle, Budapest
Kunstgang Ungarn. Karmelitenkloster, Frankfurt

1998

Sensitivities. The European Academy for the Arts, London
Contemporary Hungarian Art, Zahenta, Warsaw
Ungarn. Avantgarde im 20. Jahrhundert, Neue galerie der Stadt Linz

1997

Sept sculpteurs Hongrois contemporains, Biron Kastély, Dordogne

1996

Abstrakt/Real. Museum Moderner Kunst, Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna

1994

The eighties – art, Ernst Múzeum, Budapest

1993

‘We, East-French – Hungarian art in the 20th century, Csók István Képtár, Székesfehérvár
Hungary before and after. The International Monetary Fund Visitors’ Center, Washington DC – Fővárosi Képtár, Budapest

1992

Variations of Pop Art, Ernst Múzeum, Budapest

1991

The sixties, Hungarian National Galerie, Budapest

1989

The end of avant-garde – Hungarian art in the 20th century, Csók István Képtár, Székesfehérvár
Meisterwerke der ungarischen Moderne, Hauptstadtische Gemaldgalerie, Schloss Plankenwarth bei Graz

1988

Zeitgenössische Bildende Kunst aus Ungarn. Galerie der Künstler, München
Aktuelle ungarische Kleinplastik, Museum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte der Stadt Dortmund
VII. International Statuette Exhibition, Kunsthalle, Budapest

1987

Régi és új avantgárd (A XX. század magyar művészete 12.), Csók István Képtár, Székesfehérvár
Kortárs magyar művészet, Kunsthalle, Budapest
Mágikus művek, Budapest Galéria, Budapest

1986

Eklektika ’85. Magyar Nemzeti Galéria, Budapest
3. Triennale Fellbach Kleinplastik, Schwabenlandhalle, Fellbach

1985

Contemporary Visual Arts in Hungary. Third Eye Centre, Glasgow
Drei Generationen der Ungarischer Künstler, Neue Galerie am Landesmuseum, Graz

1984

Deutscher Künstlerbund, 32. Jahresaustellung, Frankfurt
La Esposizione Internazionale della Piccola Scultura, Castellana

1983

FBK, Berlin

1981

Erweitere Fotographie, Vienna

1980

IPARTERV 1968-80, Budapest
Egyéni utak. Óbudai Galéria, Budapest
Künstler aus Ungarn, Kunsthalle, Wilhelmshaven

1979

Fotogramm. Budapest Galéria, Budapest

1977

Osteuropeese Konceptuelle Fotografie, Eidhoven

1976

Sorozatművek, Csók István Képtár, Székesfehérvár
Expozíció, Hatvay Lajos Múzeum, Hatvan

1974

CAYC, Buenos Aires

1973

Biennale de la Jeunesse, Paris

1972

Galeria Folsal, Warsaw

1969

IPARTERV II., Budapest
R-csoport (R-group), Műszaki Egyetem, Budapest

1968

IPARTERV I., Budapest

1967

Fiatal Művészek Klubja, Budapest

WORKS IN PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Tate Modern, London
Ludwig Museum, Budapest
Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest
Deutsche Bank, Berlin
Deutsche Volksbank, Berlin
Nationalgalerie, Berlin
Guggenheim Museum, New York
Ludwig Museum, Vienna