Zsolt Asztalos

Zsolt Asztalos (1974) graduated as a painter in 1999 from the Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts in the class of Dóra Maurer and Gábor Dienes. 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. He participated in the Bucharest Biennale in 2017. In 2020 he participates in the group show The Unknown Artist at the Portland Center for Contemporary Art & Culture and will have a solo exhibition at the Kiscell Museum Budapest. 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

1974. Budapest

Studies

1993-1999

Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts, Department of Painting

Professors: Gábor Dienes, Dóra Maurer

Awards, grants

2019

Candidate for Leopold Bloom Art Award

2016

Munkácsy Mihály Art Award

2013

Venice Art Biennale, Pavilion of Hungary

2007-2010

Derkovits Gyula Scholarship

Solo Exhibitions

2020

Body of Art, Hungarian University of Fine Arts, Epreskert, Parthenón-fríz Room, Budapest

Put Together (with Károly Szabó), Art9 Gallery, Budapest

Memory Models, Kiscell Museum, Budapest

My Art, Ani Molnár Gallery, Budapest

2019

Dead Objects – Munkácsy Emlékház, Békéscsaba

Unknown Artists – ISBN Gallery, Budapest

2018

To Die for Principles – HybridArt Gallery, Budapest

Restoring a Black Flag – Vizivárosi Gallery, Budapest

Recollection – Szatmár Museum, Mátészalka

2017

Unknown Artists, Paintbrush Factory – Base Gallery, Cluj-Napoca

2016

Reservation, B32 Gallery, Budapest

History – My version, Fészek Gallery, Budapest

Restored Memories, Ferenczy Museum Centre, Art Capital, Szentendre, Hungary

2015

Break Apart then Put Together, ART9 Gallery, Budapest

2014

Fired but Unexploded, Capa Center, Budapest

Dead Objects – Museum Project, Fuga, Budapest

Selected Works, Ural Vision Gallery, Ekaterinburg

Two Hydrogens shared their electrons into common, MODEM, Hungary

2013

Fired but Unexploded, Hungarian Pavilion at the 55th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia

Fired but Unexploded, Contemporary Art Platform, Kuwait City

Fired but Unexploded, REÖK, Szeged

2012

Fired but Unexploded, Viltin Gallery, Budapest

Esperanto, Óbudai Társaskör, Budapest

Two hydrogen atoms shared their electrons, City Gallery Miskolc

Image Bank, Art9 Gallery, Budapest

2011

Three in One, Parnu, Estonia

2010

Fragile, King Saint Stephen Museum, Székesfehérvár

2009

Common Exhibition with Zsolt Tibor – Viltin Gallery, Budapest

We are in time – Pintér Sonja Gallery, Budapest

2008

Inside – Studio Gallery, Budapest

White – Apropodium Gallery, Budapest

2007

Hidden – European Middle Gallery, Esztergom

Your past is my Present – Opera House, Budapest

2006

Your past is my Present – Dorottya Gallery, Budapest

2004

Still Life – Dinamo Gallery, Budapest

2002

Black and White – European Middle Gallery, Esztergom

2001

Black and White – Studio Gallery, Budapest

Cube – Hungarian Cultural Institution, Prague

Group Exhibitions

2020

Bangkok Biennial, Cloud 9 Pavilion, Bangkok, Thailand

Unknown Artists, Center for Contemporary Art, Portland, USA

2019

Take out your pencils!, Telep Gallery, Budapest

Leopold Bloom Art Award, Ludwig Museum, Budapest

2018

Scale – New Budapest Gallery

When Peace Erupts – Vittorio Veneto, Italy

2017

Universal Allowed, Avantpost Contemporary Art Collective, Timisoara

Limiti-confini (Borders and boundaries), Milan Dome – Great Museum, Milan

2016

Identity, Altrincham, GREAT BRITAIN

Nature, Ural Vision Gallery, Ekaterinburg

Ars Sacra, Vízivárosi Galéria, Budapest

One Artist- One Poet, Faur Zsófi Gallery, Budapest

Nature, Kunsthalle, Budapest

The New, Galatea Gallery, Boston, USA

Oltre, Accademia d’Ungheria in Roma

Fabricated Histories, IIEB7 Biennale, Bucharest

2015

Traces, ACEC Cultural Center, Apeldoorn, Holland

Sculptures, Candid Art Gallery, LONDON

Autumn Show, Nesta Gallery, LONDON

Mind the Object, Lithuania

Diplomatic Art, Timisoara, Romania

Radical Memories, Chimera-Project, Budapest

Imago Mundi, Luciano Benetton Collection, Venice, Italy

2014

Olvasztótégely, Art Moments, Budapest

Traces, Art9 Gallery, Budapest

2013

10th Kunszt – Torta, Miskolci Galéria

Concept nowadays, Gallery in Paks

Light of Soul, Hungarian Cultural Institute, Rome

Budapest Immersion, New Budapest Gallery

User Experience, Csikász Gallery, Veszprém

Five, Viltin Gallery, Budapest

2012

Quadratic Equations, Kepes Institute, Eger

Telemeter, Kepes Institute, Eger

Water, Pintér Sonja Gallery, Budapest

What is Hungarian?, Kunsthalle, Budapest

Drawing.OK, Viltin Gallery, Budapest

2011

Mega Pixel 2., Olof Palme House Budapest

Nice past is waiting for us, Csikász Gallery, Veszprém

My God, MODEM, Debrecen

Vorou Gallery, Estonia

Mimetic Construction, Contemporary Institution of Miskolc

Water – Mizu, A38 hajó, Budapest

Speaks for itself, Hungarian National Gallery

2010

Derkovits Scholarship Exhibition – Ernst Museum, Budapest

Everyday – Contemporary Institution of Miskolc

Relations. Who? Whom? With what? – City Gallery, Székesfehérvár

Szenyor, Studio Gallery, Budapest

Platonic Lives (TINA-B Festival), Prague

Donumenta, Regensburg, Germany

2009

Pixels – Ernst Museum, Budapest

Agora – Olof Palme House, Budapest

Derkovits Scholarship Exhibition – Ernst Museum, Budapest

Conditional Present- Hungarian Cultural Institution, Paris

2008

Metro project – Metro Gallery, Budapest

Curator – Budapest Gallery, Budapest

Derkovits Scholarship Exhibition – Ernst Museum, Budapest

Reloaded – Studio Gallery, Budapest

Collegium Budapest, Wien

Genezis, Viltin Gallery, Budapest

2004

Still Life – Ernst Museum, Budapest

2002

Green Flood – Kieselbach Galley, Budapest

2000

Varsaw-Budapest – Polish Cultural Institution, Budapest

1999

Geo – Hungarian Geological Institution, Budapest

Sanatorium – ArtPool P60, Budapest

Maurer Class – Hungarian Cultural Institution, Berlin

Art Fairs

2020

Booth of Ani Molnár Gallery, Art Brussels

2019

Booth of Ani Molnár Gallery, Art Market Budapest

2016

ART ROOMS, LONDON

2014

ARCOmadrid, Madrid

2013

Viennafair – Viltin Gallery

Art Bologna – Ural Vision Gallery

2012

ARCOmadrid, Madrid

2011

Viltin Gallery, ARCO Art Fair, MADRID

2010

Viennafair – Viltin Gallery

Contemporary Art Ruhr Essen

Budapest Art Fair, Kunsthalle Budapest

2009

Viltin Gallery – Viennafair