About the Art of Tamás Körösényi

Tamás Körösényi belonged to the most famous and the most original contemporary sculptors in Hungary. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Budapest (Iván Szabó) and at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna (Bruno Gironcoli), he absolved a few study stays in Austria and Germany (Herder stipendium) and he gained a number of national and international awards. From the year 1999 he is the head of the department of sculpting of the University of Fine Arts in Budapest.
Tamás Körösényi entered the art scene in the 70ies of the last century and from the beginning he surveys the borders of sculpting. Until the beginning of the 80ies artworks with figural character were created as well as in the style of pop-art, minimal-art and conceptual art (Drill, 1978; Still-life, 1980 – 82; Lunchboxes, 1982). In the year 1982 the Giacometti’s series was created, which set the direction of the development of Körösényi’s works with the idea of a mask or the idea of masking (Arsenal, 1983). The figures, created by the artist are in a certain stage of forming consciously unfinished and covered with a cloak or drapery. The figures show the artist’s relationship to the figural tradition and simultaneously indicate the direction of the creation’s development in which the drapery or covers become more and more dominant parts and even the carriers of the contents of the artworks. In the nineties Körösényi’s new sculptor’s idea started to shape emphasising the system of relationships. Its basis he formulated with a language of organic forms (Fügung).

Zsófia Kiss–Szemán