Dénes Farkas

Dénes Farkas (1974) was born in Budapest, lives and works in Tallinn. He graduated from the Estonian Academy of Arts in 2003 and received the Annual Prize of The Cultural Endowment of Estonia in 2010 and in 2014, and was nominated to the Köler Prize in 2011. Dénes Farkas is a founding member of the Union of Photographic Artists of Estonia, which was established in 2009. His works have been exhibited at prestigious art events and museums such as the 55th Venice Biennale curated by Adam Budak, KUMU or Tartu Art Museum, Tallinn or the Ludwig Museum, Budapest. The artist has participated in major international art fairs such as the ARCOmadrid, with a solo show in The Armory Show, Art Brussels, Viennafair and Artissima.  Dénes Farkas is most recognizable for his minimalist, yet sensitive and poetic works, mostly questioning geometry, function and dysfunction, doubt and melancholy. He usually creates installations in which he combines text and photography with a strong philosophical background. His installations revolve around the fugitive nature of reality and the relativity of truth. By deconstructing texts Farkas invites the viewer to analyze them and find a deeper meaning. Providing the opportunity to the viewer to fill in the plot, where interpretation becomes an intimate practice.

1974, Budapest

Lives and works in Tallinn, Estonia

Studies

2003

Estonian Academy of Arts, Master of Arts (media arts – photography)

2001

Estonian Academy of Arts, Bachelor of Arts (printmaking)

Awards

2018

The Annual Prize of the Estonian Cultural Endowment’s Foundation for Fine and Applied Arts

2014

‘Credo’ has been selected the most beautiful books of the year in Estonia

The Annual Prize of the Cultural Endowment of Estonia

2012

Guido Carbone Prize

2010

The Annual Prize of the Cultural Endowment of Estonia

Memberships 

2006-

The Estonian Artists’ Association

2009-

Uninon of Photography Artists, Estonia (founding member)

2007-2009

Member of the Council, Estonian Academy of Arts

Selected solo shows

2018

When I Close My Eyes, Tartu Art House, Tartu, Estonia

Darkness Visible, Ani Molnár Gallery, Budapest, Hungary

2017

“How-to-calm-yourself-after-seeing-a-dead-body Techniques”, Contemporary Art Museum, Tallinn, Estonia

“La noche vuelve a ser noche”, Alarco Criado Gallery, Sevilla, Spain

2015

‘of places no longer beng separated’, Ani Molnár Gallery, Budapest, Hungary

A Very Small Apotheosis, Alarcon Criado Gallery, Sevilla, Spain

2014

Evident in Advance, KUMU Art Museum, Tallinn, Estonia

2013

CREDO, Ani Molnár Gallery, Budapest, Hungary

Evident in Advance 55th Venice Art Biennale (la Biennale di Venezia), Estonian Pavilion, Venice, Italy, curator: Adam Budak
kurátor: Adam Budak

2012

In Immobility, Fuga, Budapest, Hungary

A Day That Does Not Exist, Hobusepea Gallery, Tallinn

Kuvista Sanoin – Images to Words, Napa Gallery, Rovaniemi, Finland, curator: Johannes Saar

2011

Footnotes 2 – (with Taavi Talve) Draakoni Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia

Joonealused – (with Taavi Talve) Tartu Kunstimaja Monumentaalgalerii, Tartu, Estonia

3 Seas – (with Neeme Külm) Labor, Budapest, Hungary

2010

Lets play, the game is over – Hobusepea Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia

2009

Light Retrospective – Bank of Estoina, Tallinn, Estonia

How the fuck are you tonight, ehk kuidas sul siis täna läinud on? – City Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia

2007

ideal.total – (with Neeme Külm) City Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia

2006

Green Diagonal – Hobusepea Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia

Green Diagonal – Fletch-Bizzel Theater, Dortmund, Germany

Shortcut – Endla Theater Gallery, Pärnu, Estonia

2005

Self-portrait – Draakoni Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia

14 Portraits – Jazz Café, Pärnu, Estonia

2004

15 Portraits – Hobusepea Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia

Trans-air – (with Eemil Karila) Viinistu Art Museum Gallery, Viinistu, Estonia

2003

Ritual – (with Eveli Varik) Center of Culture, Valga, Estonia

2002

Jesus and Angel – (with Eemil Karila) Jazz Café, Pärnu, Estonia

Transformers – (with Eemil Karila) Gallery of the Estonian Academy of Arts, Tallinn, Estonia

2001

Loneliness. Cleanness. Love – (with Eveli Varik and Riina Uisk) The Castle of Kuressaare, Kuressaare, Estonia

 

Loneliness. Cleanness. Love – (with Eveli Varik and Riina Uisk) Gallery of the Estonian Academy of Arts, Tallinn, Estonia

1998

Graphics -13,75 – (with Jukka Pylväs and Juha Ahola) Pallasz Páholy, Budapest, Hungary

Group Exhibitions

2019

XENOS, group exhibition, EKKM (Contemporary Art Museum of Estonia), Tallinn, Estonia

Tallinn Art Hall Spring Exhibition, Tallinn, Estonia

2018

Border Poetics. Estonian Art 1918-2018, Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia
Related by Sister Languages, Ludwig Museum, Budapest, Hungary
Constructed Archives, Balassi Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia
You’ve eaten Roses, now you’ll drink the Moon!, Forum Arte Braga, Braga, Portugalia

2017

Issues of Uncertainty, Ani Molnár Gallery, Budapest, Hungary

Centralna, Środkowo-Wschodnia / Central by East Central – Arsenał Gallery, Bialystok, Poland

The adventure of discovery – Highlights from a Hungarian private collection, Balassi Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia

2016

#Bartók, Ludwig Museum, Budapest, Hungary

Kumu Hits. Contemporary Art from the Collection of the Art Museum of Estonia, Tallinn, Estonia

2015

Proyecto para un texto/ Project for a Text, Pepe Espaliú Art Centre, Cordoba, Spain

From Explosion to Expanse. Estonian Contemporary Art Photography 1991-2015, curator: Annelli Porri, Tartu Art Museum, Tartu, Estonia

The Unexpected Guest, 7. Turku Biennial, Turku, Finland

Meel. Vahtra. Farkas_idealist function, Contemporary Art Center, Vilnius, Estonia

2014

Contemporaries: Collectors and Artists – Hungarian and International Art from Private Collections in Hungary, 2010–2014, New Budapest Gallery, Budapest, Hungary
A Hundred Years of Art Education in Tallinn, KUMU, Estonian Art Museum, curator: Mart Kalm
Hungarian Month of Photography, Fuga, Budapest, Hungary
Feeling Queezy?!, Contemporary Art Museum of Estonia (EKKM), Tallinn, Estonia
Literacy/Illiteracy 16. Tallinni Grafikai Triennálé, Észtország
Arheological Festival – A 2nd hand history and probable obsessions, Tartu Art Museum, Estonia

The 16th Tallinn Print Triennial, entitled “Literacy/Illiteracy”, Estonia

2013

Art from Estonia – Dénes Farkas, Soho Fond, Neeme Külm, Jüri Ojaver, Tõnis Saadoja, Jaan Toomik, Artists Union of Republic of Armenia, Yerevan, Armenia

2012

Intimate Immensity, Musterzimmer, Berlin, Germany, curator: Jon Irigoyen

The Exotic, Tallinn Art Hall, Tallinn, Estonia curator: Kirke Kangro
Aesthetics vs Information Vol. 2, Klaipeda, Lithuania, curator: Ignas Kazakevicius

2011

BEYOND, Kumu Art Museum, Tallinn, Estonia, curator: Adam Budak
Aesthetics vs Information Vol. 2, Zurab Tsereteli Gallery, Moscow, Russia, curator: Ignas Kazakevicius
Mutantmateeria, (with Neeme Külm) Raja str gallery, Tallinn, curator: Kirke Kangro
neverneverland, Künstlervereinigung MAERZ, Linz, Ausztria, curator: Beate Rathmayr
Silent wishes, Oksasenkatu 11, Helsinki, Finland
Köler Prize 2011 – Exhibition of Nominees, Contemporary Art Museum, Estonia, Tallinn
If it’s part broke, half fix it, (Neeme Külmmel) Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania, curator: Margit Säde

2010

Next to nothing, Contemporary Art Museum, Estonia, Tallinn, curator: Anders Härm

2009

Blue-Collar Blues, Tallinn Art Hall, Tallinn, Estonia curator: Anders Härm
TDK (with Eemil Karila) – Museum of Contemporary Arts, Tallinn, Estonia

2008

Plaisirs de l’imagination, Castle of Tours, France, curator: Eha Komissarov
I see you looking at me, Eevald Okas Museum, Haapsalu, Estonia, curator: Marge Monko

2007

New Wave”, Tallinn Art Hall, Tallinn, Estonia curators: Anders Härm and Hanno Soans

2006

Permission to grow up (with Eemil Karila, Kristi Paap, Kaire Rannik, Ketli Tiitsar, Maria Valdma) – Hobusepea Gallery,Tallinn, Estonia

2005

Permission to grow up (with Eemil Karila, Kristi Paap, Kaire Rannik, Ketli Tiitsar, Maria Valdma) – Artists House, Szombathely, Hungary

2004

Home, Sweet Home, Rottermann Salt Storage, Tallinn, Estonia, curator: Eha Komissarov

Kaunas Photo Days – International Photo Festival” – Kaunas, Lithuania, curator: Mindaugas Kavaliauskas
Intiimsed vaated – Narva Museum, Narva, Estonia, curator: Anneli Porri
Similar Spaces – The Palace of Westminster, London, United Kingdom, curator: Liina Siib

2003

MA – MA, MA – MA – M.A. exhibition – Art Hall Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia
[Living]room – 008 Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia

2002

VABA VOLI / FREEPLAY – Hansapank Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia curator: Liina Siib
bjectum – Gallery of the Estonian Academy of Arts, Tallinn, Estonia
Autoportree – Endla Theater Gallery, Pärnu, Estonia, curator: Margaret Tali
Drawing 2002 – (with Eemil Karila) Tallinn Art Hall, Tallinn, Estonia, curator: Loit Jõekalda, Jüri Hain, Tea Tammelaan

2001

Photo show – (with the artists group “NAGI”), Finnish Institute, Tallinn, Estonia
Altar – Museum of Energetics, Tallinn, Estonia, curator: Marko Mäetamm
Mäetamm old rag – Gallery of the Estonian Academy of Arts, Tallinn, Estonia
B.A. exhibition – Rottermann Salt Storage, Tallinn, Estonia

Art Fair participations 

2017

Art Brussels, Brussels, Belgium

Artissima, Turin, Italy

2016

Artissima, Turin

2015

Art Brussels, Brussels, Belgium

2014

Artissima, Turin, Italy

Viennafair, Vienna, Austria

Art Brussels, Brussels, Belgium

ARCOmadrid, Madrid, Spain

The Armory Show, New York, NY

2013

ArtMarket, Budapest

Artissima, Turin

Curatorial projects

2010

Hungarian Utopia – (with Anders Härm) Tallinn City Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia

2008

Insanity – Contemporary Art Museum, Tallinn, Estonia

Works in collections

Hungarian National Gallery
Art Museum of Estonia
Private collections in Estonia, Hungary and Finland