Tamás Konok

Tamás Konok was born in 1930 in Budapest. He graduated from the Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts, where his master was Aurél Bernáth. He moved to Paris in 1959 and later he also had a studio in Zurich. While maintaining his residence in Paris, he has been also living and working in Budapest since the 1990s. Konok’s first solo exhibition was at the Galerie Lambert in Paris in 1960. He had his first museum solo exhibition in Stedelijk in the Netherlands in 1964, afterwards he also had a solo show at the Lausanne Museum in Switzerland. In 1983 Konok’s works appeared at the Geometrische Abstraktion exhibition together with those of J. Albers, F. Morellet and F. Picabia. He collaborated with Galerie Schlégl in Switzerland and exhibited his works several times at the Basel Art-Expo. Konok had solo exhibitions at numerous important institutions in Hungary since the eighties, among them the Xantus János Museum in Győr and the Museum of Fine Arts (together with his artist wife, Katalin Hetey), he had retrospective exhibitions at the Ludwig Museum (1995) and the Ernst Museum (2006). Several state awards attest to the recognition of his work: he is the Knight of the National Order of the French Republic (1997) and is a holder of the Kossuth Prize (1998) as well as the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Hungarian Republic (2004). Konok’s works can be found, among others, in the collection of the Städtische Galerie in Hamburg, the Stedelijk Museum in the Netherlands, the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Bern, the Kunstmuseum in Winterthur, the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris, the Ludwig Museum in Budapest, the Hungarian National Gallery, the Museum of Fine Arts and the Museum of Applied Arts in Budapest. In 2020 he will have a retrospective exhibition at the Ludwig Museum – Contemporary Art Museum Budapest and a solo exhibition at Ani Molnár Gallery.

 

Konok’s oeuvre is widely embedded in the international tendencies of painting, stemming from 20th century modernism and avant-garde art. The collages and monotypes of his early period are built on a surrealistic vision and visual elements going beyond reality. The geometric abstraction of Konok’s mature period – along with the reduction of shapes – is based on thin line drawings of structures. Thus, the early works and the nonfigurative ones where he uses his own authentic style are connected by the role and primacy of the line. The line that can be scarcely found in nature, however, it is connected to human activity and it can express the most abstract, transcendent contents. In Konok’s acrylic-canvas paintings lines, stripes, dotted surfaces and form fragments abstracted into signs in two dimensions tell us about the problem of plastic, that is to say spatial representation. Thus, colors are usually not merely form fillings, nor are they elements of an optical illusion, but they are part of a line-based system.

1930, Budapest

Studies

1940-1948

Gergely Czuczor Benedictine Secondary School, Győr

1945-1950

Conservatory of Music, Győr

1948-1953

Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts, painter, master: Aurél Bernáth

Awards, scholarships

2014

Prima Primissima Prize

Artist of the Nation

2011

‘My Country’ Award

2010

HUNGART Life Award

2009

Gundel Art Award

Award of Kévés Studio the Association of Architects, Engineers and Fine Artists

2008

Hungarian Painting Day Foundation Life Award

2004

Middle Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary (Civil Degree)

1998

Kossuth Award

1997

Knight of the French l’ordre National Mérite (FR)

Award of the Association of Hungarian Painters

1994

Honorary President of the Hungarian Association of Drawing Teachers

1993

Medal for Independent Democratic Hungary

1992

Medal for Outstanding Artistic and Pedagogical Work

1963

H. Hartford Art Foundation One-Year Creative Fellowship, New York and California, USA

1961

La Maison des Artistes (FR)

1958

Gyula Derkovits Fine Arts Scholarship

1955

Young Creators’ Award

Memberships

2009

Creates Konok-Hetey Art Foundation with his late wife, sculptor Katalin Hetey

2006

Founding member of the Open Structures Arts Association, Budapest

Member of Széchenyi Academy of Literature and Art

1994

Honorary President of the Hungarian Association of Drawing Teachers

1961

La Maison des Artistes (France)

Selected solo exhibitions

2020

Retrospective Exhibition, Ludwig Museum – Contemporary Art Museum, Budapest (upcoming)

Solo Show, Ani Molnár Gallery (upcoming)

Konok and …, Lutheran Central Museum, Budapest

2019

Sine loco et anno, Kálmán Makláry Fine Arts, Budapest

2018

Artmark Galerie, Vienna (AT)

2017

Noir et Blanc (with Katalin Hetey), Art+Text Gallery, Budapest

Natura naturata, City Gallery, Zalaegerszeg (HU)

2016

Natura naturata, Mank Gallery, Szentendre (HU)

Ludium pigmentum, Pelikán Gallery, Székesfehérvár (HU)

2015

Konok-Hetey, City Gallery, Kalocsa (RO)

Mikroludiums, Bible Museum, Budapest

2014

Tower of Mary Magdalene, Ars Sacra, Budapest

Digital Brain Anatomy, Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest

2013

Ludium pigmentum, Modern Gallery – László Vass Collection, Veszprém (HU)

Microludios, Gemer-Kishont Museum, Rimavská Sobota (SK)

New photos, Community Center, Balatongyörök (HU)

Artmark Galerie, Vienna (AT)

2012

Konok-Hetey Exhibition, Zsolnay Cultural District, Pécs (HU)

Microludios II. Lutheran Museum, Budapest (HU)

Exhibition of churches, Békásmegyer, Budapest

2011

Arcis Gallery – Nádasdy Castle, Sárvár (HU)

Transcendental Spaces, Symbol Art Gallery, Budapest

Microlux, Prestige Gallery, Budapest

Visum Repertum, Semmelweis Salon, Budapest

Spanish and Contemporaries, Konok Collection, Modern Gallery – László Vass Collection, Veszprém (HU)

2010

Structure of the Thought Process, Municipal Picture Gallery – Kiscell Museum, Budapest

2009

Kévés Studio Gallery, Budapest

Parallel Works, European Art Couples (with Katalin Hetey) – Contemporary

Hungarian Gallery, Dunaszerdahely (SK)

Ultima realita, Aulich Art Gallery, Budapest

Ars dictandi, Klauzál 13 Gallery, Budapest

Transcendents, Bernáth Aurél Gallery, Ábrahámhegy (HU)

2008

50 years of Western European art. The Konok Collection – City Art Museum, Győr

2007

Al Gallery, Budapest

2006

Ernst Museum, Budapest

Italian Institute, Szeged (HU)

2005

Vízivárosi Gallery, Budapest

2004

City Museum of Art – Váczy Péter Collection, Győr (HU)

2003

Galerie d’Art Contemporary Palais d’Europe, Menton (FR)

City Art Museum – Esterházy Palace, Győr (HU)

Vadnai Gallery, Budapest

2002

Mű-Terem Gallery, Budapest

2001

King Stephen’s Museum, Székesfehérvár

Galerie Pont-Neuf, Paris (FR)

2000

VAM Gallery, Budapest

1999

House of Arts, Pécs (HU)

Kulturinstitut Ungarn, Stuttgart (D)

1998

Galerie Pro Arta, Zurich (CH)

Rátz Studio Gallery, Budapest

Gallery V, Paris (FR)

City Art Museum, Győr (HU)

1995

Szombathely Gallery, Szombathely (HU)

Ludwig Museum – Museum of Contemporary Art, Budapest

Galerie Brügger, Bern (D)

Institut Français, Budapest

1992

Gallery “T” – Zürich (CH)

1991

Nemes Endre Museum, Pécs (HU)

Kecskemét Gallery, Kecskemét (HU)

Vasarely Museum, Budapest

Galerie Franka Berndt, Paris (FR)

1990

Galerie Graf and Schelble, Basel (CH)

City Art Museum, Győr (HU)

1985

Galerie Boisserée, Cologne (D)

Gallery E, Montreux (CH)

Ottó Herman Museum, Miskolc (HU)

Galerie Konstruktiv Tendens, Stockholm (SE)

Galerie Schlégl, Zurich (CH)

Arte Fiera ’86, Bologna (I)

1984

Galerie Perrig, Basel (CH)

Galerie Humana, Wil (CH)

Tihany Museum, Tihany (HU)

Műhely Gallery, Szentendre (HU)

City Gallery, Sárospatak (HU)

1983

Galerie Schlégl, Zürich (CH)

1981

Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest

Galerie von Braunbehrens, Munich (D)

1980

Galerie Koppelmann, Leverkusen (D)

Galerie Hilger & Schmeer, Duisburg (D)

Xantus János Museum, Győr (HU)

1979

Musée des Beaux-Arts, La Chaux-de-Fonds (CH)

Galerie Schlégl, Zürich (CH)

1978

Galerie Philippe Fregnac, Paris (FR)

Galerie von Braunbehrens, Munich (D)

Galerie Münsterberg, Basel (CH)

1977

Galerie Nouvelles Pictures, The Hague (NL)

Stedelijk Museum, Schiedam – Rotterdam (NL)

St Pierre St, Pierre, Geneva (CH)

Galerie Numago, Auvernier (CH)

Art 8’77 – Basel (CH)

1974

Art Gallery, Basel (CH)

Galerie Schlégl, Zürich (CH)

1973

Galerie Schlégl, Zürich (CH)

1972

Galerie Schlégl, Zürich (CH)

1971

Stedelijk Museum, Schiedam – Rotterdam (NL)

1969

Fondazione Bevilacqua la Masa, Venice (I)

Art Museum, Austin (USA)

1968

Kunstlichting, Rotterdam (NL)

Center Culturel, Hoogeveen (NL)

1967

Galerie Läubli, Zürich (CH)

1965

Galerie Boisserée, Cologne (D)

Galerie Trapez, Krefeld (D)

1964

Haus der Begegnung, Hamburg (D)

Stedelijk Museum, Schiedam – Rotterdam (NL)

Galerie Loubin, Angoulême (FR)

1962

P. H. Gallery, Washington (USA)

Galerie du Haut Pavé, Paris (FR)

Silvan Simone Gallery, Los Angeles (USA)

1961

Galerie Lambert, Paris (FR)

1960

Galerie Lambert, Paris (FR)

1960 Club Azziza, Othmana, Tunis (TN)

Selected group exhibitions

2020

SÁNDY / KONOK, Intersections / Family History Exhibition, Kunsthalle, Budapest

2015

Ornamentation, Várfok Gallery, Budapest

Ten years OSAS, Vasarely Museum, Budapest

Sammlung Peter C. Ruppert, Konkrete Art in Europa nach 1945, Würzburg (D)

2014

Prayers after Auschwitz, Berlin (D)

The Black, Pécs Gallery, Zsolnay Quarter, Pécs (HU)

2013

New Collages, Vízivárosi Gallery, Budapest

Imre Ámos and the 20th Century, Rumbach Street Synagogue, Budapest

National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi (IN)

2011

International Contemporary Masters, Abigail Gallery, Budapest

Ornamentation-Seriality, Vasarely Museum, Budapest

Face á face, French Institute, Budapest

2010

Contrasts, OSAS – Vasarely Museum, Budapest

Ungarn Konret, Galerie VKB, Vienna (A)

Hommage Bauhaus 90, Oradea (RO)

Hungarian Geometric Art, Cultural Center, Debrecen (HU)

Picture / poem, Visuality and Concrete, László Vass Collection, Veszprém (HU)

Five masters. Respect Martinovics, Boltíves Gallery, Budapest

2009

Coup d’oeil. Hoffmann Collection – French Institute, Budapest Atelier – OSAS – Vasarely Museum, Budapest

László Práger Collection – László Vass Collection, Veszprém (HU)

Contrasts, Concrete – Abstract, OSAS – Vasarely Museum, Budapest

Tolerance in Art. Contemporary Hungarian and Slovak Art, Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum, Bratislava – Unovo (SK)

2008

Galerie St Johann, Saarbruecken (D)

The Art is Free, Winkler Art X-Perience, Budapest

Constructive and Concrete, Collegium Hungaricum, Vienna (A)

2007

Komart Gallery, Bratislava (SK)

Bright Color, OSAS – Vasarely Museum, Budapest

White & Black, OSAS – Vasarely Museum, Budapest

Geometrisch-Konstruktive Kunst aus Ungarn, Arithmeum, Bonn (D)

2006

Graphik und Malerei aus dem Waser Verlag, Alte Fabrik Rapperswil, Rapperswil Cabanas Museum Guadajajara, Mexico (MX)

Constructiones de la Architectura y Artes Plasticos Hungaros – Collegio de Arquitectos de Peru, Lima (PE)

Collegio de Arquitectos de Chile, Santiago (CL)

Open Structures Art Association, Vasarely Museum, Budapest

Les collections de l’institut Francaise. 20 ans de donations, French Institute, Budapest

2005

Painting and Sculpture in the Spell of Architecture, Kévés Studio Gallery, Budapest

Zeitgenössische Art. Ueli Berger, Lucia Coray, Rainer Gross, Tamás Konok, Vera Rothamel – Galerie Michael Schneider, Bonn (D)

Living Hungarian Painting – Olof Palme House, Budapest

Doyen IV, Palace of Arts, Budapest

The light is coming. Exhibition of Contemporary Hungarian Fine Arts in the 100th Anniversary of the Birth of Attila József Master Gallery and Károly Eötvös County Library, Veszprém (HU)

1991

Concrete Art Seit 1910, Galerie Schlégl, Zürich (CH)

Geometrische Abstraktion 1910–1990, Galerie Eremitage, Berlin (D)

l’Esprit constructif IV, Galerie Franka Berndt, Paris (FR)

Selection from the Szöllős – Great – Noble Collection, Art Mill, Szentendre (HU)

Doyen III. – KOGART House, Budapest

1990

Barcsay Museum, Szentendre (HU)

Center Culturel, Chauny (FR)

Concrete Art in Europe, Galerie Fischer, Lucerne (CH)

1989

Geometrie + Farbe – Galerie Arteba, Zürich (CH)

1988

Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest

Hommage á Bartók – Vigadó Gallery, Budapest

Galerie Konstruktiv Tendens, Stockholm (SE)

Galerie Desluis, Leidschendam (NL)

Art-Expo, Basel (CH)

1986

Collagen – Kunsthaus, Zug (Switzerland) Art-Expo, Basel (CH)

1984

Stores Trudelhaus, Baden (A)

Art-Expo, Basel / Basel (CH)

Galerie Konstruktiv Tendens, Stockholm (SE)

1983

Geometrische Abstraktion – Galerie Schlégl, Zürich (CH)

Art-Expo, Basel / Basel (SE)

Respect the homeland! – Kunsthalle, Budapest

1982

Galerie Konstruktiv Tendens, Stockholm (Sweden) Art-Expo, Basel (CH)

Spectrum der Farbe, Galerie Schlégl, Zürich (CH)

1980

Art-Expo, Basel (CH)

“10 Jahre Galerie Schlégl”, Galerie Schlégl, Zürich (CH)

1979

Press Paris-Budapest, Palais du Luxembourg, Paris (FR)

Künstler zeigen Künstler, Galerie Schlégl, Zürich (CH)

Art-Expo, Basel (CH)

Objet de l’artiste, Galerie Numaga, Auvernier (CH)

Musée des Beaux-Arts, Bern (CH)

1978

Constructivist Work of the Twenties, Gallery Carus, New York (USA)

Art-Expo, Basel (CH)

Fondation Nationale des Artistes, Paris (FR)

1977

Kunstmuseum, Winterthur (CH)

Art-Expo, Basel / Basel (CH)

1975

Galerie Isis, Paris / Paris (FR)

Art-Expo, Basel / Basel (CH)

1974

Rèalités Nouvelles, Paris / Paris (FR)

Art-Expo, Basel / Basel (CH)

1973

Bertrand Russel Centenary, Nottingham (UK)

Rèalités Nouvelles, Paris (FR)

Art-Expo, Basel (CH)

1972

Rèalités Nouvelles, Paris (FR)

Graphikmesse, Zürich (CH)

1970

Galerie Zunnini, Paris / Coupleiz (FR)

Musée Pontoise Thompson, Zürich (CH)

Salon International d’Art, Basel (CH)

1969

Galerie Jeanne Wiebenga, Lausanne (CH)

1968

Galerie Lambert, Paris (FR)

1966

Galerie Lambert, Paris (FR)

Galerie Soleil dans la Tête, Paris (FR)

1965

Musée d’Art Moderne, Paris (FR)

Galerie Transposition, Paris (FR)

“5th Graphikbiennale ”, Leipzig (D)

4e Biennale des Jeunes Peintres, Paris (FR)

1964

III. International Young Artists Exhibition, Tokyo (JP)

1963

Musée d’Art Moderne, Paris (FR)

1962

Akademie, Leiden (NL)

1960

Csók István Gallery, Budapest

1957

Ernst Museum, Budapest

1955

Exhibition of young fine and applied artists – Ernst Museum, Budapest

VI. Hungarian Fine Arts Exhibition – Műcsarnok, Budapest

1953

Kunsthalle, Budapest

1954

ARC. Hungarian Fine Arts Exhibition, Budapest

Works in public collections

Bálint Balassa Museum, Esztergom (HU)

Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris (FR)

Kortárs Magyar Galéria, Dunajská Streda (SK)

Fonds National d’Art Contemporain, Paris (FR)

Embassy of Franca, Budapest

Ottó Herman Museum, Miskolc (HU)

Iparművészeti Múzeum, Budapest

Janus Pannonius Museum, Pécs (HU)

Kassák Memorial Museum, Budapest

Kunstmuseum, Winterthur (CH)

Dezső Laczkó Museum, Veszprém (HU)

Ludwig Musem, Budapest

Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest

Europe Parliament, Bruxelles (BE)

Mccory collection, New York (USA)

Musée d’Art et d’Histoire (la donation Jeunet), Neuchâtel (CH)

Ministère des Affaires culturelles, Paris (FR)

Musée des Beaux-Arts, Bern (CH)

Musée des Beaux-Arts, La Chaux-de-Fonds (CH)

Imre Patkó Collection – János Xantus Museum, Győr (HU)

Paks Gallery, Paks (HU)

Prèfecture, Cergy-Nouvelle Ville (FR)

Rákóczi Museum, Sárospatak (HU)

Städtische Sammlung, Hamburg (D)

Stedelijk Museum, Schiedam-Rotterdam (NL)

Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest

László Vass László Collection, Veszprém (HU)

Municipial Museum of Győr (HU)

Kecskemét Gallery, Kecskemét (HU)

Walo Bürohaus, Zurich (CH)

Waser Bürohaus, Buchs (CH)

Municipial Museum, Vác (HU)

Eigenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH), Zurich (CH)

Danubiana Menlesteen Art Museum (SK)

Museum Würzburg / Samlung Perer C. Ruppert, Würzburg (D)