Zsolt Asztalos

Zsolt Asztalos (1974) graduated as a painter in 1999 from the Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts in the class of Gábor Dienes and Dóra Maurer. He participated in numerous prestigious exhibitions internationally, in 2013 he represented Hungary with his video installation entitled Fired but Unexploded at the Venice Biennale. Between 2007 and 2010 he received the Derkovits Gyula Scholarship and in 2016 he was awarded with the Munkácsy Mihály Prize, the most prestigious state award in Hungary in the field of fine arts. Asztalos is a conceptual artist working with various multimedia techniques such as installation, print, photo, video and ready-made. The central theme of his work is the relation to our past and the relativity of remembering.

 

“I research our connection with the past, approaching it from individual and collective aspects as well. It is impossible to really know the past. There are so many kinds of past, as the past is always written under the subjective influence of the present. We know only fragments which we always compose into a kind of play under the influence of a given age, so each age has its own melody. I am particularly interested in the historical and artistic aspects of the canon. The canon is a dynamically changing unit, in which some pieces get in, some ones are ruled out. This is how I look at art history and, strangely enough, look at my own artworks.” Zsolt Asztalos, 2019

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Zsolt Asztalos: My Art
2019. C print
70×100 cm

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Zsolt Asztalos: Canon - El Lissitzky
2019. C print
80x120 cm

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Zsolt Asztalos: Uniformed History I-XX.
2015. C print
24x18 cm/each

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Zsolt Asztalos: Unknown Artists
2014-2019. Installation view, Ludwig Museum

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Zsolt Asztalos: Principles to Die For
2017. Installation view, HybridArt Gallery

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Zsolt Asztalos: Fired but Unexploded
2013. Video installation, 55. Venice Biennale – Hungarian Pavilion

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Zsolt Asztalos: Fired but Unexploded XI.
2011-2013. C print
80x120 cm V/3+2AP

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Zsolt Asztalos: For Disappeared Memories – Centenary of World War I.
2018. Marble slabes, Monument, Vittorio Veneto, Italy
170x280 cm

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Zsolt Asztalos: Reservation
2014. Installation view, B32 Gallery
HD film 30 min

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Zsolt Asztalos: Restoring a mourning flag
2016-2017. Installation view, Vizivárosi Gallery
HD film 3 min 25 sec

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Zsolt Asztalos: Break apart then put together again I.
2015. Installation, Ferenczy Museum, Szentendre
HD film 9 min 50 sec

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Zsolt Asztalos: My story – My version VI.
2015. Photograph, C print
30x42 cm

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Zsolt Asztalos: My story – My version
2015. Furniture, lexicons
190x120 cm