GYÖRGY JOVÁNOVICS

Budapest, 1939

Hungarian sculptor, is a prominent figure of the Hungarian avant-garde. After finishing his studies at the academy of Fine Arts he soon becomes member of the so called Iparterv group ( a group of dissident artists named after the exhibition place). He travels and exhibits extensively in Europe however when he receives the DAAD Scholarship to Berlin he gets his passport and permission to leave Hungary only after two years obstructions. He stays in West-Berlin for four years from 1980. In 1983 he returns to Hungary but keeps visiting Berlin from time to time for various exhibition and teaching projects.

He becomes a Professor of Sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts soon after the political changes in 1990.

He exhibited all over Europe, represented Hungary at the Venice Biennial in 1995 and also had shows in Seoul, South Korea, Israel and in the USA.

Jovánovics had numerous commissions for political monuments and external decorations after the political changes and finished his large-scale outdoor sculpture for a public space in 2009, the construction in front of a campus is made of steel and is 33 meter high.

Kisterem showed two rarely seen series by György Jovánovics: early conceptual photographs (dating from 1972-75) in 2008 and a series of monotypes (1965-66) and plaster reliefs (1965-66) in 2009. Allthough being a successful artist in a certain way before and after the political changes his presence is not overwhelming in the Hungarian art-scene and does not make his whole oeuvre visible in our days.

Works in Public Collections

Tate Modern, London

Ludwig Museum, Budapest

Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest

Deutsche Bank, Berlin

Deutsche Volksbank, Berlin

Nationalgalerie, Berlin

Guggenheim Museum, New York

Ludwig Museum, Vienna

Solo Exhibitions

2016

Vaszary Gallery, Balatonfüred

2009

Sassetta – Jovánovics, Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest

Southern France Landscape 1965-66, Kisterem, Budapest

2008

Photographic works between 1970 and 1978 – “…reflaction of reality on reality”, Kisterem, Budapest

2002

Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin

2000

Dovin Galéria, Budapest

Mai Manó Ház, Budapest

Fészek Galéria, Budapest

1999

Hallein

1998

Jezsuita Galéria, Poznan

1996

Galerie Gaudens Pedit, Lienz

Kiscelli Múzeum, Budapest

Szent István Király Múzeum, Csók Képtár, Székesfehérvár

Collegium Hungaricum, Vienna

Hungarian Academy, Rome

1995

XLVI. Venice Biennial, Hungarian Pavilion

1994

Fészek Galéria, Budapest

Galerie Hartmann und Noé, Berlin

1991

Galerie Hartmann und Noé, Berlin

1990

Galerie der Stadt Fellbach

1989

Kiscelli Múzeum, Budapest

Óbudai Művelődési Központ, Budapest

1986

Galerie Zellermayer-Lorenzen, West-Berlin

1985

István Király Múzeum, Székesfehérvár

Józsefvárosi Galéria, Budapest

1983

Künstlerhaus Bethanien, West-Berlin

1982

Galerie für Kunst Architekture, Hamburg

Galerie Holtmann, Hannover

Galerie Zellermayer-Lorenzen, West-Berlin

1981

Galerie Zellermayer-Lorenzen, West-Berlin

1980

Institut Français, Budapest

1977

Fiatal Művészek Klubja, Budapest

1971

Museum Folkwang (with Imre Bak), Essen

1970

Fényes Adolf Terem (with István Nádler), Budapest

Group Exhibitions

2015

Last Years’ Snow: The Hungarian Neo-Avant-Garde in the 1970s and 80s, Austin/Desmond Fine Art, London

Siliconvalse. The Hungarian Reality, Brno House of Arts, Brno

BOOKMARKS – Hungarian Neo-Avant-Garde and Post-Conceptual Art from the Late 1960s to the Present, Art Cologne; Off Biennálé Budapest, Meo, Budapest

2013

BOOKMARKS – Hungarian Neo-Avant-Garde and Post-Conceptual Art from the Late 1960s to the Present, Budapest

2002

Situation Ungarn. Kunst vor und nach der Wende, Max Liebermann Haus, Berlin

Vision. Kunsthalle, Budapest

2000

Aspekte. Positionen 50 Jahre Kunst aus Mitteleuropa. Palais Lichtensetein – 20er Haus, bécs – Ludwig Múzeum, Budapest

Zeitgenössische Kunst aus Ungarn. Galerie der Stadt Fellbach

Samizdat. Akademie der Künste, Berlin

Vízivárosi Galéria, Budapest

Artist Collection. Moderna Galerija, Ljubljana

1999

Kunst der neuziger Jahre in Ungarn. Akademie der Künste, Berlin

Ungarn 2000. Ausstellungszentrum, München

MOST Zeitgenössische Kunst Ungarn. Museum Bochum

Perspective, Kunsthalle, Budapest

Kunstgang Ungarn. Karmelitenkloster, Frankfurt

1998

Sensitivities. The European Academy for the Arts, London

Contemporary Hungarian Art, Zahenta, Warsaw

Ungarn. Avantgarde im 20. Jahrhundert, Neue galerie der Stadt Linz

1997

Sept sculpteurs Hongrois contemporains, Biron Kastély, Dordogne

1996

Abstrakt/Real. Museum Moderner Kunst, Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna

1994

The eighties – art, Ernst Múzeum, Budapest

1993

‘We, East-French – Hungarian art in the 20th century, Csók István Képtár, Székesfehérvár

Hungary before and after. The International Monetary Fund Visitors’ Center, Washington DC – Fővárosi Képtár, Budapest

1992

Variations of Pop Art, Ernst Múzeum, Budapest

1991

The sixties, Hungarian National Galerie, Budapest

1989

The end of avant-garde – Hungarian art in the 20th century, Csók István Képtár, Székesfehérvár

Meisterwerke der ungarischen Moderne, Hauptstadtische Gemaldgalerie, Schloss Plankenwarth bei Graz

1988

Zeitgenössische Bildende Kunst aus Ungarn. Galerie der Künstler, München

Aktuelle ungarische Kleinplastik, Museum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte der Stadt Dortmund

VII. International Statuette Exhibition, Kunsthalle, Budapest

1987

Régi és új avantgárd (A XX. század magyar művészete 12.), Csók István Képtár, Székesfehérvár

Kortárs magyar művészet, Kunsthalle, Budapest

Mágikus művek, Budapest Galéria, Budapest

1986

Eklektika ’85. Magyar Nemzeti Galéria, Budapest

3. Triennale Fellbach Kleinplastik, Schwabenlandhalle, Fellbach

1985

Contermporary Visual Arts in Hungary. Third Eye Centre, Glasgow

Drei Generationen der Ungarischer Künstler, Neue Galerie am Landesmuseum, Graz

1984

Deutscher Künstlerbund, 32. Jahresaustellung, Frankfurt

La Esposizione Internazionale della Piccola Scultura, Castellana

1983

FBK, Berlin

1981

Erweitere Fotographie, Vienna

1980

IPARTERV 1968-80, Budapest

Egyéni utak. Óbudai Galéria, Budapest

Künstler aus Ungarn, Kunsthalle, Wilhelmshaven

1979

Fotogramm. Budapest Galéria, Budapest

1977

Osteuropeese Konceptuelle Fotografie, Eidhoven

1976

Sorozatművek, Csók István Képtár, Székesfehérvár

Expozíció, Hatvay Lajos Múzeum, Hatvan

1974

CAYC, Buenos Aires

1973

Biennale de la Jeunesse, Paris

1972

Galeria Folsal, Warsaw

1969

IPARTERV II., Budapest

R-csoport (R-group), Műszaki Egyetem, Budapest

1968

IPARTERV I., Budapest

1967

Fiatal Művészek Klubja, Budapest

Articles

Emese Mucsi: What the Artist Brings to the Table: On the György Jovánovics – An Autobiography Exhibition in Balatonfüred

Iványi Bianka: Tanárok a Képzővészeti Egyetemen IV. – Jovánovics György

Váradi Júlia: A patafizikus második legjobb műve (Jovánovics György szobrász)

Beke László: Jovánovics- az elsõ évtized