Benczúr Emese

Emese Benczúr (HUN, 1969) graduated from the Hungarian University of Fine Arts in 1996. She was awarded with the Derkovits Scholarship in 2003 and the Munkácsy Prize in 2006, the most significant prize in Hungary for visual artists. She regularly exhibits at solo and group exhibitions, art events in Hungary as well as abroad for example at the BOZAR in Brussels. Her works have been shown at prestigious international events such as the Manifesta, the Venice Biennale or the Liverpool Biennial. Major collections include her works such as MUSAC or the Ludwig Collection. In her works she often uses text, mostly short slogans. The text, the used material and her working method are interrelated, which contributes to the complexity of her works. In 2015, she was invited by the curator for a group exhibition entitled  “Siliconvalse – Hungarian Reality”, which provided an overview of Hungarian art in the last 20 years and was held in Brno, Czech Republic. Between 2017 and 2019 she participated in several group exhibitions at Ludwig Museum and MODEM in Debrecen. In 2018 her individual exhibition “Let It Be” opened at MODEM.

1969. Budapest



DLA, Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design, Budapest


Hungarian University of Fine Arts

Awards, grants


AVIVA – Audience Award


Munkácsy Award


Prix Evelyne Encelot


Smohay Award


Derkovits grant


Herceg Klára Award


Artslink/APEX art studio program

Selected solo exhibitions


BRIGHT FUTURE, Ani Molnár Gallery, Budapest


Brighten Up, ENA Viewing Space, Budapest, Hungary
Let It Be, MODEM, Debrecen, Hungary
flash, Labor Bp Gallery, Budapest, Hungary


Let It Shine – together with Marge Monko, Ani Molnár Gallery, Budapest


IN ARBEIT, Magazin4 Bregenzer Kunstverein, Bregenz, Austria


Don’t just look, see, Platán Gallery, Polish Institute, Budapest


Don’t isolate Yourself, Park Gallery, Budapest


Visible-invisible, Csók István Gallery, Székesfehérvár, Hungary


The Golden Mean, Museum het Domein, Sittard, Hollandia

Be +, Galamb Gallery, Budapest


Good-for-Nothing, Knoll Gallery, Budapest


I rest on my laurels, Knoll Gallery, Wien, Austria

Feel the differences, with Sophie Bernhard, Stúdió Gallery, Budapest


It’s good, if you don’t see that you are working, Ludwig Museum, Budapest 

My works from a new point of view, where everything is…, Bartók ‘32 Gallery, Budapest 


We should sometimes think about what we could do, Studio Gallery, Budapest

Should I live to be a hundred– Day by day I think about the future, ICA-D, Dunaújváros, Hungary

Patterns needed for life, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden


Classification of a month – Similarity is relative, Studio Gallery, Budapest

Group exhibitions


Slow Life. Radical Practices of the Everyday, Ludwig Museum, Budapest

This Is Not Censorship, FERi, Budapest

Üveg-tér-kép, MANK Gallery, Szentendre


Textus Ex Machina, aqb Project Space, Budapest

Alternativy destrukce, Trienále Postor Zlin, Czech Republic

Mania. Quiet Strategies, MODEM, Debrecen

H6T KUNS T, Miskolci Gallery, Miskolc


Everyday Exotic, Société Budapest, Budapest
Common Affairs, Ludwig Museum, Budapest
A sötétség nem tart örökké – Legyen világosság, AQB, Budapest


WESTKUNST – OSTKUNST, Ludwig Múzeum, Budapest

Összeférhetetlenek, Budapest Projekt Gallery, Budapest

Puritanus – tiszta művészet, Hegyvidék Gallery, Budapest

Luther500, Ladócsy Műterem Gallery, Kartal

tog_ether, Kunstpavillon im Alten Botanischen Garten, München, Germany

PERTU N° 12, Ernest Zmeták Art Gallery, Ékesújvár, Slovakia

Luther 500, Ladocsy Műterem Gallery, Kartal

Belső Kert, Dorottya Udvar, Budapest

Másodlat, Budapest Gallery, Budapest

Az autizmus mint metafora, ICA-D, Dunaújváros

A felfedezés kalandja – Válogatás egy magyar magángyűjteményből, Balassi Intézet, Ljubljana, Szlovénia

Text Tour, aqb Project Space, Budapest


Reproduced Paradise, Váncza Villa, Budapest

Maniac, 2B Gallery, Budapest


How To Do Art With Words MUSAC, MUSAC, León, Spain

Rendezetlen nőügyek, ICA-D, Dunaújváros, Hungary

Imago Mundi. Overture Hungary, Fondazione Giorgio Cini, San Giorgio Island, Velence

Ornamens-értelmezések a jelenkori képzőművészetben 1990-2015, curator: Keserü Katalin, Várfok Gallery, Budapest

Siliconvalse, Hungarian Reality, House of the Lords of Kunstát, Brno, Czech Republic

Prayers after Auschwitz, Pécsi Evangélikus Egyházközség kápolnája, Pécs


Contemporay collectors and artists, Új Budapest Gallery, Budapest

Ludwig 25, Ludwig Museum, Budapest

Hollow Land – Keep Out!, Kro Art Contemporary, Wien

Urban Perspectives – Dark City, Schafhof – Europaisches Künsterhaus Oberbayern, Freising, Germany

„Hol van a te testvéred?” – Imre Ámos and the 20th century – Warsaw, Jewish Historical Institute


Imre Ámos and the 20th Century, Hungarian Contemporary Gallery, Dunaszerdahely

Imre Ámos and the 20th Century, Fő tér Gallery, Pécs, Hungary

Outer space, Budapest

Conceptualism today, Paksi Képtár, Paks

Ámos Imre és a XX. század, Collegium Hungaricum, Berlin

Ámos Imre és a XX. század, Rumbach Sebestyén Synagogue


REAKT, Espaço Público, Fábrica ASA, Guimares, Cultural Capital of Europe 2012,, Portugal

What is Hungarian? Contemporary answers, Kunsthalle, Budapest

Untouchable Matters, Ani Molnár Gallery, Budapest

Our profession is life – Reformation and woman, Lutheran Museum, Budapest

The Benczúr Architect Studio and The Benczúrs, Ecumenical Centre Lágymányos, Budapest

“Et-Lettera”, Déri Museum, Debrecen

Writing Pictures, Drawing Words, Déri Museum, Debrecen

Ámos Imre és a XX. század, Régi Művésztelep Gallery, Szentendre


Joy and disaster, Bunkier Sztuki, Krakkow, Poland

Joy and disaster, S.M.A.K. Ghent, Belgium

The New Arrivals, Centre for Fine Arts, Bozar, Brussel, Belgium


Touched, Liverpooli Biennále / Liverpool Biennial

Biciklus, Csepel Galéria, Budapest

Points of Departure, Stockholm, Sweden


Like the threads is balking the button, Museum of Applied Arts, Budapest

Mi vida, Kunsthaller, Budapest

Reflexes of Holocaust, Óbudai Társaskör Gallery, Budapest

KAAP Biennale, Utrecht, Holland

Eccentric paths II, Arsenals of the Latvian National Museum of Art, Riga

Intertext, Jan Koniarek Gallery, Trnava, Slovakia

Gender Check, MUMOK, Wien, Austria


Kunst im garten, Tulln, Austria

Renaissance of Landscape, Volksbank Gallery, Budapest


Are you experienced?, Fuori Uso, WAX, Budapest Kieselbach Gallery, Budapest

Eccentric paths, Museo Berardo, Lisbon, Portugal


Flat Land Set on Edge, NBK, Berlin

Prix Évelyne Encelot, Dijon, Hotel Bouchu dit d‘Esterno

7 künstler aus Ungarn, München, Rathausgalerie der Landeshaupstadt München

Generally believed, Berlin, Mongolischen Botschaft in Berlin

Narration, Szent István Király Museum, Székesfehérvár

Are you experienced?, Fuori Uso, Pescara, Italy


Necc (NE(a)T), Kogart, Budapest

Weird Walls, Cultura Nova, Herleen, Holland

Private Matter?, Kunsthalle, Budapest


Soap opera, Kunsthalle, Budapest

Flipside, Artist Space, New York


Spheres of Valency I., City Gallery, Bratislava

Local Calls, Rödasten, Göteborg

Cruising Danubio, Madrid


Material Matters, Norrköppings Konstmuseum, Sweden

Haunted by Detail, De Appel, Amsterdam, Holland

A Mikulás is ember, MEO, Budapest


Garden, Szombathely Picture Gallery, Szombathely

MagyArt, Jyvaskyla Art Museum, Finland

What, how & for whom, Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Wien, Austria

Written Pictures, Első Magyar Látványtár, Tapolca-Diszel

Everything can be Different, ICI (Independent Curators International)

Out of Time, Műcsarnok, Budapest

Cream, MEO, Budapest


Moment, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Scotland

Crosstalk, Kunsthalle, Budapest

Connections I. (with Krisztian Frey), Gallery, Budapest


Remix, Pécsi Galéria, Pécs

Try to see the world through…, La Biennale di Venezia 48., Hungarian Pavilion

Zoersel’99, Zoersel, Belgium

Kunst der 90. Jahre in Ungarn, Akademie der Künste, Berlin, Germany

Zeit-spiel, IFA-Galerie, Berlin, Germany

After the Wall, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden

Aspekte-Positionen, Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Wien, Austria


Sic transit gloria mundi, Bartók 32 Gallery, Budapest

Should I live to be a hundred…,Manifesta 2, Luxembourg


Porno, Liget Gallery, Budapest

La Valigia, Nyugati Railway Station, Budapest


Nachwuchs, Haus Ungarn, Berlin

Femininity-Masculinity, Bartók ‘32 Gallery, Budapest


Goethe Institute, Budapest


French Institute, Budapest

Vajda Lajos Gallery, Szentendre

Works in public collections

Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest

Collection of the Art Gallery of Szombathely

King St. Stephen Museum, Székesfehervár, Hungary

Ludwig Museum, Budapest

Modern Magyar Képtár, Pécs

ICA-D, Institute of Contemporary Art, Dunaújváros

MUSAC, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León

Museum Het Domein Sittard

Hungarian National Museum, Budapest



Art Market Budapest


Art Brussels, Brussels



Art Market, Budapest


Art Brussels, Brussels, Belgium

ARCOmadrid, Madrid, Spain

Viennafair, Vienna, Austria


Art Market, Budapest

Artissima 20, Torino, Italy

Viennafair, Vienna, Austria

Art13, London, UK


Artissima 19, Torino, Italy

Viennafair, Vienna, Austria

Contemporary Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey


Viennafair, Vienna, Austria

Preview Berlin, Berlin, Germany