Péter Forgács


Péter Forgács (1950) is a media artist and independent filmmaker, based in Budapest. Since 1978 he has made more than thirty films and several media installations. He is best known for his “Private Hungary” series of award winning films and installations often based on home movies from the 1920s-1980s, which documents ordinary lives that were soon to be ruptured by an extraordinary historical trauma that occurs off screen.


Since the early 1990s Forgács’ video installations have been presented at museums and art galleries throughout Europe and America. His international debut came with The Bartos Family (1988). Since then he has received several international festival awards – in New York, Budapest, Lisbon, Marseilles, San Francisco and Berlin, where he won the Prix Europa for Free Fall film in 1997. Between 2000-2002 Forgács was artist in residence at The Getty Museum/Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, where he created The Danube Exodus: Rippling Currents of the River installation. His works can be found in prestigious collections including the MoMA or the Pompidou. In 2007 Forgács was awarded with the most prestigious Dutch Erasmus Prize for his notable contributions to European culture. He regularly exhibits at famous Hungarian as well as international art institutions such as the Getty Museum, the BOZAR or the EYE Film Museum. His solo show entitled ‘Letters to Afar’ was on view in the Museum of the City of New York. He has participated in numerous significant international art events, for instance he represented Hungary in 2009 at the Venice Biennale with his project entitled ‘Col Tempo – The W. Project’. In 2018, Forgács’s piece ‘Venom’ was awarded with the Acquisition Award at LOOP Barcelona.


Bettina Simon: Stories of Random Bodies (Véletlen Testek Történetei) In: Balkon 2017/2 link


Gerda Széplaky : Freedom suffocated by itself (Önmagába fulladt szabadság) In: Élet és Irodalom, MŰBÍRÁLAT – TÁRLAT – , 13. issue, 2017.03.31. link


Csillag Deák  and Lajos Külös : Péter Forgács undresses nakedness In: Librarius, 2017.03.15. link


Bartók Radio: Ákos Gózon’s interview  with Attila Horányi, about the exhibition ‘Stories of Random Bodies’ (Véletlen testek történetei) of Péter Forgács , 2017.03.11.


Artmagazin Online: Look at this! – The focus of the photo,  2017.02.28.  link


Looming Fire – at EYE Netherlands Filmmuseum. Sacha Bronwasser. In:Volkskrant 18/10/2013


Looming Fire in Het Parool – Hypnotiserende Herinneringen . Mark Moorman. In: Het Parool, Netherlands 23/10/2013


Creative History: Engaging the Work of Peter Forgacs. Mary Moylan. www.documentary.org


ALKIMISTA, ANTROPOLÓGUS, ARCHEOLÓGUS – Nichols, Bill és Renov, Michael (2011) Cinema’s Alchemist. The Films of Péter Forgács (Visible Evidence 25). Minneapolis-London: University of Minnesota Press. PÓCSIK ANDREA Szocio.hu 2013/1
Arqiuteturada da Memoria – Péter Forgacs Péter Forgács e Bill Nichols, Robert A. Rosenstone, Kristian Feigelson, Michael Renov, Roger Odin, A Sao Paulo, Brasil


Forgács’s Film and Installation Dunai exodus (Danube Exodus) – installation. Zsofi Ban http://docs.lib.purdue.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2144&context=clcweb
Cinema’s Alchemist – : The Films of Peter Forgacs. Bill Nichols, Michael Renov, Whitney Davis,
László F. Földényi, Marsha Kinder, Scott MacDonald, Tyru Univ Of Minnesota Press (December 2, 2011) (Visible Evidence)


Wittgenstein at the Movies – Cinematic Investigations . authors Béla Szabados & Christina Stojanova, Steven Burns, Andrew Lugg, William. Lexington Books

Az élveboncolás gyönyörei –  Péter Forgács exhibition at Ernst Múzeumban. Nádas Péter Litera.hu – Az Literature Portal


Elmeséta (Forgács Péter: Col Tempo – a „W” project at Ernst Múzeumban). Paksi Endre Lehel artportal.hu


Átüt a rettenet – Forgács Péter: „Col Tempo”. A W.-project at Ernst Múzeum. Rózsa Gyula Népszabadság


Míg fekszem kiterítve (Saját Halál) – (Own Dead book and film time structure). Zsigmond Adél LÁTÓ


A fotó, mint megsemmisítés – Col Tempo – exhibition at Ernst Múzeumban. Almási Miklós Review


Az élveboncolás gyönyörei – Forgács Péter „Col Tempo” – a W.-project című unique media art intallation opened by Péter Nádas on the 15th January at Ernst Múzeumban. Nádas Péter Litera.

Dokfilmek a szemlén: Táguló tér-idő – Hunky Blues is. Vajda Judit. filmhu


“How it was then”: home movies as history in Péter Forgács’ Meanwhile Somewhere… William C. Wees JUMP CUT No. 52, summer 2010




Német Egység a Balatonnál -Péter Forgács and Gusztáv Hámos work on MTV Múlt-kor
2009. november 3. MTV Hungarian Television


Hunky Blues – The American Dream – A BÁNYAPLÉZ HŐSEI. Kolozsi László REVIZOR – kritikai portál

The Labyrinth: A Strategy of Sensitive Experimentation, A Filmmaker of the Anonymous Kristian Feigelson http://www.kinokultura.com


Visual Archives and the Holocaust – Christian Boltanski, Ydessa Hendeles and Peter Forgacs Ernst van Alphen Springer Netherlands

I am Von Höfler the Mere Mystery of Time. Viktória Radics FILMVILÁG 2008/7 


Autopsie van het paradijs – Péter Forgács’ kronieken van het burgerlijk bestaan Peter Delpeut De kunst van Péter Forgács


ESSAYS ARTICLES on P. Forgacs (1991-2007) – on P. Forgacs’ works multiple authors: Nichols, Wahlberg, Renov, Follea, Péignégiuly, Balassa, Woodard, Mallien, Bogaert, multiple source

El Perro Negro, de Peter Forgacs – Extraits de la revue de presse. Various Various


‘It’s Just a Waste of Time to Walk and Play Tennis’ – Interview with Péter Forgács. André Habib. In:Hors Champ and Rouge
El perro negro – Regie: Péter Forgács – Het verleden aangeraakt. Jos Van Der Burg. In: Het Parool


The Memory of Loss: Péter Forgács’s Saga of Family Life and Social Hell – Bill Nichols in Dialogue with Péter Forgács. Bill Nichols


Historical Discourses of the Unimaginable: Peter Forgacs’ The Maelstrom. Michael Renov


La famille Bartos et la série “Hongrie privée” de Péter Forgács – ou comment rendre l’Histoire sensible. Roger Odin IRCAV, Paris 3


PÉTER FORGÁCS « CINEASTE DE LA BANALITE » Kristian Feigelson Positif 2005

The Edge of Memory and History – http://www.filmkultura.hu/regi/2005/articles/essays/forgacspeter.hu.html. Varga Enikő Filmkultúra
Towards a New Historiography: Peter Forgacs and the Aesthetics of Temporality. Ernst van Alphen, Leiden university


Analytical Spaces – the Installations of Péter Forgács. László F. Földényi


Visual Archives and the Holocaust: Christian Boltanski, Ydessa Hendeles, Peter Forgacs Ernst van Alphen


On Péter Forgács. Jessica Kedward. Getty Research Institute Final Draft
Danube Exodus at The Getty by Péter Forgács – Danube Exodus in the Getty . Jenni Sorkin FRIEZE
“As History and Memory Ebb and Flow”. LEAH OLLMAN. Los Angeles Times, September 1, 2002 REVIEW


Discussion about István Bibó – related to Péter Forgács’s film Bibó Breviárium  Weiss János, Tillmann J. A. és Fehérvári Tamás

Interview with Peter Forgács . Sven Spieker . In: Art Margins


The Poetics of “What Is the Case” – Péter Forgács’ Wittgenstein Tractatus and the Documentary Fact Tyrus Miller HOW 2 volume I. No 6. IN-CONFERENCE OXFORD BROOKES COLLOQUIUM: The Politics of Presence: Re-reading the Writing Subject in “Live” and El


The Demon’s Photographers. Gusztáv Schubert FILMVILÁG 1997/08 
Peter Forgács’ Wittgenstein Tractatus. Whitney Davis. In: The World Rewound