CV

curriculum vitae of
attila szűcs

photo © Miklós Déri


 

Artist Statement

Since the early 90’s I’ve been making traditional oil-canvas paintings. As a starting point, I often use media images, newspaper cut-outs, postcards, film-stills. When painting, I concentrate on such high density moments, when our everyday experiences and viewing practices become obsolete while decoding. I create empty spaces around the objects of thoughts and figures without defining them in a preconceived notion. It is the distance and the concentrated attention on absence that rules my relationship with painting. What I am most interested in is the search of interpretation of knowing and not-knowing, the way they are able to extinguish one another. I collect inspiration from the rubbish of collective memory, which I then re-interpret through the reality of painting. I attempt to dissolve the already defined and often false structures, and introduce new types of looking in a peculiar formal and compositional levitation, where the paintings’ vacuum-like state partially originates in the loneliness of represented elements, and partially from the transformation of metaphysical into universal.

I was born in Miskolc, Hungary in 1967.
Since 1981 I live and work in Budapest.

Individual exhibitions

2017 Preparing for Lightness, Emmanuel Walderdorff Galerie, Düsseldorf
2016 Waiting for the Unknown, Federico Luger (FL Gallery), Milano
  Specters and Experiments, Ludwig Museum, Budapest
2015 Vertical Attractions, Erika Deák temporary Munich Gallery, Munich
2014 Still Light, Kieselbach Gallery, Budapest
  The End of Gravity, Erika Deák Gallery, Budapest
2013 Planking and Dreaming, / with Eva Magyarósi /, balzerARTprojects, Basel
Still Light, Kepes György Institute, Eger
2012 Strange Light, / with Alexander Tinei / Tajan, Paris
Planking, Erika Deák Gallery, Budapest
Svatopluk Mikyta und Attila Szűcs: Kunst in der Miil und im Labyrinthgarten, Tscherm, Italy
Introduction to the Planking, A38 Ship, Budapest
New Paintings, / with Alexander Tinei /, Galerie Hussenot, Paris
2011 Close to Eclipse, Galerie Emmanuel Walderdorff, Cologne
2010 Loneliness shines, Berlin Selected Artists, Berlin
The Hidden and the Revered, Priska C. Juschka Fine Art, New York
Proper hand position, Templom Gallery, Eger
Exits, Deák Erika Gallery, Budapest
A hard rain is gonna fall, BSA, Berlin
2009 A place to die, Irokéz Gallery, Szombathely
2008 Paintings, Lada Project, Berlin
Looking for a found object, ACB Gallery, Budapest
Something about light, Emmanuel Walderdorff Gallery, Cologne
2007 Bubble Memory, WAX, Budapest
Paintings, Galerie Zuid, Antwerp
Municipial Gallery, Zalaegerszeg
2006 Buster Keaton, Galerie Emmanuel Walderdorff, Köln
Enter, Társalgó, Budapest
Bubbleworld, ACB Gallery, Budapest
2005 Dead Souls, ACB Gallery, Budapest
 
Living Souls, Irokéz Gallery, Szombathely
2004 New Works, Csikász Gallery, Veszprém
Drawings from the Little-Big House, Szinnyei Szalon, Budapest
New Pictures, Tylers Museum, Haarlem
Local News from Nowhere, Galerie Emmanuel Walderdorff, Köln
2003 Postcard from Lidice, St. Art Gallery, Budapest
New Pictures, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin
Introduction to Losers, Deák Erika Gallery, Budapest
2002 Clean-room, Municipial Museum-Kiscell, Budapest
Clean-room, Hungarian Embassy, Berlin
2001 Greengrocery, Fészek Gallery, Budapest
2000 New Pictures, Deák Erika Gallery, Budapest
1999 New works, Coutts Bank, Wien
Enterieur, Dorottya Galllery, Budapest
Aeroplanes 1994–99, Zenit Gallery, Budapest
New Paintings, Paul Sties Gallery, Kronberg
“And always just Images”, Deák Erika Gallery, Budapest
1998 Illárium Gallery, Budapest
Bartók 32 Gallery, Budapest
1997 Óbudai Társaskör Gallery, Budapest
Szent István Király Museum, Székesfehérvár
Fészek Gallery Budapest
Constans, Spiritusz Gallery, Budapest
Institute of Contemporary Art , Dunaújváros
1996 Mű-terem Gallery, Budapest
New works, Liget Galllery, Budapest
New Paintings, Spiritusz Gallery, Budapest
Galerie in Margarethenhof (with éva Köves), Bonn
1995 Forget me not, Liget Gallery, Budapest
1994 Bartók 32 Gallery, Budapest
Stúdió Gallery, Budapest
1992 New works, Várfok 14 Gallery, Budapest
1990 News, Újlak Mozi, Budapest
1989 Valve, Bercsényi Klub, Budapest
1987 Galéria 11, Budapest

Group exhibitions

2017 DISRUPTIVE IMAGINATION, Vitvarneho Umeni V Ostrave Gallery, Ostrava  
  BLÜTEZEIT/VIRÁGKOR, Austrian Cultural Forum, Budapest  
  ARTMARKET BUDAPEST 2017, with Erika Deák Gallery, Millenáris  
  PASSION, Galerie im Park, Bremen   
  BOMLASZTÓ KÉPZELET, Művészetmalom, Szentendre, Hungary  
  AUTISM AS METAPHOR, Szt. István Király Museum, Székesfehérvár, ICA-D Institute of Contemporary Art, Dunaújváros  
  INDEPENDENT, with Erika Deak Gallery, Vanderborght Building, Brussels  
  IMMANENCE, Pictura Groningen, Netherlands  
  HALLUCINATION, Galerie Artdocks, Bremen  
  MIART 2017, with FL Gallery, Milano  
2016 ARTEFIERA 2016, with FL Gallery, Bologna  
  20th Century Art - A Different Perspective, Sotheby's, London    
  The Space Between Us, pop/off/art Gallery, Moscow  
  Crossroads Art Show 2016, with FL Gallery, London  
  Ideals and Artworks, National Gallery of Arts, Albania, Tirana  
  Wasted Time, ArtMill, Szentendre, Hungary  
  Contemporary East, Sotheby's, London  
  UNDER COVER, Gallery Artdocks, Bremen  
  This is not poetry! (collapse of emotions), Smetana's Creative Litomyšl, Czech  
  Goalpost-Football in the Hungarian Contemporary Fine Art, ICA-D, Dunaújváros  
  GEM/GAMEclip, Déri Museum-MODEM, Debrecen  
  STANDING IN FRONT OF OBJECTS, Erika Deák Gallery, Budapest  
2015 ARTEFIERA 2015, Erika Deák Gallery, Bologna  
  The NUDE in the XX & XXI CENTURY, S/2, London  
  ON THE RUINS OF THE GOLDEN AGES, Kieselbach Gallery, Budapest  
  VIENNACONTEMPORARY 2015, Erika Deák Gallery, Wien  
  Szabad/Idő - Free/Time, ICA-D Institute of Contemporary Art, Dunaújváros  
  Art Market Budapest 2015, Millenáris, Budapest  
  Sightseeing - Public Art Documentation, Szatyor Art Space, Budapest  
  Summer group-show: “Quadri a parete”, SPAZIO 22, Milano  
  Re-Planning, MODEM, Debrecen  
  TOP 10, Brody Studios, Budapest  
  VACATION-SIMULATOR, ICA-D Institute of Contemporary Art, Dunaújváros  
  THE LONELY CEDAR – CSONTVÁRY’S GENIUS,TODAY'S CEDARS
CONTEMPORARY PARAPHRASES,  Army Headquarters building of the Buda Castle, Budapest
 
  OFF-Biennale, Planking Project, Prezi Court, Budapest  
  NIGHT ON EARTH, Collegium Hungaricum Berlin, Berlin  
  Aether, Galerie im Park, Bremen​​  
  Levegőt, ICA-D Institute of Contemporary Art, Dunaújváros  
2014 PSYCHOGRAM, Gallery Oxholm, Copenhagen  
  TurningPoints, Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest  
  Contemporaries: Collectors and Artists, New Budapest Gallery, Budapest  
  Grand Opening, Artdocks, Bremen  
  Art Market Budapest 2014, Erika Deak gallery, Budapest  
  Ákos Birkás, A Painter's Job, MODEM, Debrecen  
  Vienna International Art Fair 2014, Erika Deák Gallery, Wien  
  SHIFTS, Hungarian Art After 1945, Rearranged permanent exhibition, Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest  
  ArtInternational Istanbul 2014, Erika Deák Gallery, Istanbul  
  VOLTA 10, Erika Deák Gallery, Basel  
  THE GEOMETRY OF SUBLIME, MODEM, Debrecen  
  ARTEFIERA 2014, Erika Deák Gallery, Bologna  
  ON PAPER, Erika Deák Gallery, Budapest  
  PAPIER, Emmanuel Walderdorff Galerie, Műnchen  
  FREE-HAND, Drawing in Hungarian Fine Arts Now and Before, MODEM, Debrecen  
  PAINTING II, Frissiras Museum, Athens  
  NOTHING BUT GOOD, Platform for visual arts, Tilburg  
2013 NIGHTFALL, New tendencies in figurative painting, Galerie Rudolfinum, Prague  
  VIENNAFAIR The New Contemporary 2013, Erika Deák Gallery, Wien  
  ArtInternational Istanbul, Erika Deák Gallery, Haliç Congress Centre  
  Art Market Budapest 2013- International Contemporary Art Fair, Erika Deák Gallery, Budapest  
  The World Won't Listen., BSA@Galleri Franz Pedersen, Horsens, Denmark
  Interaction, cARTc, Budapest
  VIELZUVIEL, Galerie BADH, Berlin
  Crosstalk Video Art Festival, Budapest
  Budapest Tales, Scheublein Fine Art, Zürich, Switzerland
  KAFF, 11th. Animation Film Festival, Kecskemét
  Deceit of the Flash, Museum Frissiras, Athen
2012 Flying, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin
  Péter Nádas: In the Darkroom of Writing, Kunsthaus Zug, Zug, Switzerland
  In Duplo-The uniformity of appearance, FKSE, Budapest
  Viennafair 2012-The New Contemporary, with Erika Deák Gallery, Wien
  Glorious, BSA, Berlin
  Mediations Biennale 2012, National Gallery, Poznan
  Nightfall, New Tendencies in Figurative Painting, MODEM, Debrecen
  Fragile Welten, Haderslev Kunstforening DK, Denmark
  Foreign Matter, MODEM, Debrecen
  New Acquisitions, Szt. István Király Museum, Székesfehérvár
  Schatzlager, Emmanuel Walderdorff Galerie, Cologne
2011 Volta8, Erika Deák Gallery, Basel
Young European Landscape, CHB, Berlin
Introspective, Enigma Arts Gallery, Veresegyház
Face to Face, Frissiras Museum, Athen
Art Cologne, Erika Deák Gallery, Cologne
Portrait of Power, Prague Biennale 5, Prague
YICCA Award Show, Factory-Art gallery, Berlin
Hybridity in the Carpathians, The Irokéz Collection and the Regime Change, MODEM, Debrecen
After the Fall, Knoxville Museum of Art, Tennessee
Art Market Budapest, with Deák Erika Gallery, Millenáris, Budapest
  Leopold Bloom Art Award, Museum Kiscell, Municipal Picture Gallery, Budapest
  Black & White, Frissiras Museum, Athen
2010
After the Fall , Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art,Peekskill
I'm Not There, CHB, Berlin
On Paper, Deák Erika Gallery, Budapest
Papíralap, Budapest Gallery, Budapest
True Romance, Galerie im Park Bremen, Bremen
Relationships, Deák-Collection, Székesfehérvár
Budapest Art Fair 2010, Erika Deák gallery, Budapest
A Kép Képe , Virág Judit Contemporary Gallery, Budapest
Rajz, Budapest Gallery, Budapest
  Naked truth, Frissiras Museum, Athen
2009
Lineart 2009, Gallery Zuid, Flanders Expo, Ghent
Remix 1, Works from the collection of public fundation for modern art, Dunaújváros
Selection of forty years of hungarian art from the Nancy G Brinker collection, Sherman Gallery, Boston
Papíralap, Irokéz Gallery, Szombathely
Volta show 5, with Erika Deák Gallery, Basel
2008
Processes, videospace, Budapest
Jövőkép, Kunsthalle, Budapest
Strassbourg Artfair 2008, ACB Gallery, Strassbourg
The new force of painting, Frissiras Museum, Athen
The New Refutation of Time, Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest
Central Europe Revisited II, Eisenstadt, Austria
Budapest Art Fair 2008, ACB Gallery, Budapest
Viennafair 2008, ACB Gallery, Vienna
TérErő, Kunsthalle, Budapest
Útjaink.., ICA-D, Contemporary Art Institute, Dunaújváros
Voyage Sentimental , Poznan Biennale 2008, Poznan
2007
Made in, Made by, Lada project, Berlin
Body Language, MODEM, Debrecen
Lost and Found, MODEM, Debrecen
Arte Fiera Bologna 2007, ACB Gallery, Bologna
Eclectic Affinities among European Artists, Frissiras Museum, Athens
Eccentric path, Museo coleccao Berardo Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Lisbon, Portugal
Born in Miskolc, Municipial Gallery, Miskolc
Observing Mankind, Galerie Zuid, Antwerp
  Ungarische Gegenwartkunst aus der Raiffeisen Sammlung Budapest, Collegium Hungaricum, Wien
2006
Ninety-nine Years, MODEM, Debrecen
7 Künstler aus Budapest, Rathausgalerie München
Höhepunkte der KunstFilmBiennale, Köln in Berlin, Wahrnehmungsprozesse, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin
Resonance – Electromagnetic Bodies, Ludwig Museum, Budapest
Lost and Found, Staatliche Kunsthalle, Baden-Baden
Arte Fiera Bologna 2006, ACB Gallery, Bologna
Summer Exhibition, Gallery Tanya Rumpff, Haarlem
Ten Years of the Strabag Painting Prize, Ludwig Museum, Budapest
Viennafair 2006, ACB Gallery, Vienna
You Bet It, Gallery AP4-art, Lugano
2005 / Second Present, Trafó Galllery, Budapest
Sacrifice – Appeasement, Hungarian Jewish Museum, Budapest
Viennafair 2005, ACB Gallery, Vienna
Hungarian View, AP4-ART, Genf
Lager, Galerie Emmanuel Walderdorff, Köln
2004 4 artists from Hungary, Gallery Tanya Rumpff, Haarlem
Still lifes, Ernst Museum, Budapest
2003 Fresh Works for a Week, Kunsthalle, Budapest
Empty Spaces, Csók István Gallery, Székesfehérvár
9x9, Hungarian artists in Leiden, Centrum Beeldende Kunst, Leiden
Portrait, Deák Erika Gallery, Budapest
Wasser in Attersee, Atterseehalle, Linz
2002 Ungarische Kunst heute, Kulturabteilung Bayer AG, Dormagen
2001 Mimi doesn’t Forget, Trafó Gallery, Budapest
Touches by Visual Art of Visegrad Four, Vytvarné Centrum Chagall, Ostrava
Klima, Kunsthalle, Budapest
Touch, The Allegories of Painting, Ateliers Pro Arts, Budapest
Cream, MEO, Budapest
Ungarische Kunst heute, Kulturabteilung Bayer AG, Leverkusen
2000 Junge Kunst Ungarn, Europaische Begegnungen, München, Dresdner Bank
Conversation, Deák Erika Gallery, Budapest
1999 Farewell to the 20th Century,Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest
Remix, Pécsi Gallery, Pécs
Gallery by Night, Stúdió Gallery, Budapest
Young and Serious – Recycled Image, Ernst Museum, Budapest
Irregular Memory, Frankfurt
1998 Anthology, Ludwig Museum, Budapest
The Dawns are Quiet, ICA–D,Contemporary Art Institute, Dunaújváros
There is a Woman, Deák Erika Gallery, Budapest
Air, Római Magyar Akadémia, Róma
1997 Constans (the Documentation), Vigadó Gallery, Budapest
The Hungarian Asphalt Award Winners Show, Ludwig Museum, Budapest
Oil on canvas, Kunsthalle, Budapest
1996 The Butterfly Effect, Kunsthalle, Budapest
Least, Ernst Museum, Budapest
Landscape after Landscape, Fészek Galllery, Budapest
Works and Behaviour 1990–96, Csók István Municipial Gallery, Székesfehérvár
1995 Arhythm III, Uitz Terem, Dunaújváros
1994 More than Ten, Ludwig Museum, Budapest
V=A x Ω, Csók István Municipial Gallery, Székesfehérvár
Exhibition of the Derkovits Scholarship Grantees, Ernst Museum, Budapest
1993 Vier,Kunstverein, Horn, Ausztria; Szent István Király Museum, Székesfehérvár
Zweite Zeitgenössische ungarische Epigonen Ausstellung, KX Kampnagel, Hamburg
Liget Gallery, Budapest
Model II, Fészek Gallery, Budapest
1992 Revisions: Contemporary Hungarian Art, Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide; Museum of Hungarian Contemporary Art, Brisbane
Exchange Project,: Barak, Bern
1991 Resource Kunst, Kunsthalle, Budapest
Oscillation I-II,Šiesta Bašta, Komarno; Kunsthalle, Budapest
Studio 91, Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest
1990 New Inhabitants, Újlak Mozi, Budapest
1989 Distance, Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts , Barcsay-terem, Budapest
25. Internationale Malerwochen in der Steiermark, Neue Galerie am Landesmuseum Joanneum, Graz
Inspiration Sommeratelier: junge Kunst in Europa, Hannover
People to People Festival, Prága
1988 Paperworks, Csepel Paperfactory, PIK, Budapest

Grants, scholarships, awards

2005      Mihály Munkácsy Award
2003      Internationales Atelierprogram, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin,, 2003–2004
1998      Institute für den Dunauraum und Mitteleuropa, Central European Culture Initiative Scholarship
               The MAK-Schindler Grant Program, Mackey Apartment House, Los Angeles
               Hungarian Academy, Rome –Scholarship
1997      Hungarian Asphhalt Ltd. Award
1996      Smohay Award
               Barcsay Award
1993-96Derkovits Scholarship

Works in public collections

Neue Galerie am Landesmuseum Joanneum, Graz, Austria
Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest
Ludwig Museum, Budapest
ICA-D, Institute of Contemporary Art, Dunaújváros
Szent István Király Museum, Székesfehérvár
Hypo Bank, Budapest
Raiffeisen Bank, Budapest
Frissiras Museum, Athén
Gallery of Szombathely, Szombathely
Regional Collection, Miskolc
Museum of Literature Petőfi, Budapest
European Parliament, Brussel, Belgium
Rippl-Rónai Museum, Kaposvár

Selected BIBLIOGRAPHY

Jane Neal: The Portrait of Power. Prague Biennale 5. (catalogue), 2011.

László Földényi F: Light and Boundary, text for Still Light album

Sándor Hornyik: Still Light, ISBN: 978-963-08-8018-3

Hornyik Sándor: 5.3.4. Buborékmemória (Szűcs).. In: Idegenek egy bűnös városban, L'Harmattan-MTA Művészetttörténeti Kutatóintézet, Budapest, 2011.

Hornyik Sándor: Katalógus szöveg, Szűcs Attila: Bubblememory 1991-2007, ISBN: 963063076 1

Rózsa Gyula: A világ így megyen. Népszabadság , 2007. október 17.

Rockenbauer Zoltán: A vakfolttól a buborékmemóriáig. Heti Válasz, 2007. október 18.
Szilágyi Kata: Lost and Found. Népszabadság Online, 2007. május 23.
Emslander, Fritz: Fundstücke aus der ungarischen Gegenwart. Lost and Found. In: Szűcs Attila (katalógus), 2006.
Szablyár Eszter: Aurára cirkáló. Népszabadság, 2006. december 9.
Földényi F. László: Auratikus festészet. élet és Irodalom, 2006. december 1.
Rózsa Gyula: Rekamiék Madame nélkül. Népszabadság, 2006. április 5.
Hornyik Sándor: A metaforák és az illúziók univerzalitása. In: Buborékvilág (katalógus), acb Galéria, 2006.
Készman József: áldozat-engesztelés. In Szűcs Attila (katalógus), 2005.
Pais Horváth Szilvi: élő lelkek a padláson. Népszabadság, 2005. június 13.
Valaczkay Gabriella: Akkor nyerek, ha tudok veszíteni. Népszabadság, 2005. április 14.
Szoboszlai János: A párna mögé rejtőzött férfi realitása. In: Szűcs Attila: Local News From Nowhere (katalógus), 2004.
Tannert, Christoph: über/on Attila Szűcs bemagazin.de, 2003.
Bogácsi Erzsébet: Kiigazított hamisságok. Népszabadság Online, 2003. december 9.
Dékei Krisztina: A vesztőhelyek illata. Exindex, 2002. június
Erdősi Anikó: Tisztaszoba. Exindex, 2002. június
Kollár József: Képek a festészet halála című szappanoperából. Praesens , 2002/02
Wehner Viola: Csend a lelke mindennek. Exindex, 2002. április
Páldi Lívia: Tisztaszoba. In: Szűcs Attila (katalógus), 2002.
Berecz ágnes: Contemporary Hungarian Painters. Shashoua Press, London, 2001.
Merhán Orsolya: Szervíz. Műcsarnok, Népszabadság, 2001.
Hudra Klára: A látszat csal, ugye?In: Szűcs Attila 1990–99 (katalógus)
Snodgrass, Susan: Report from Budapest. Art in America, 1998/10.
Sturcz János: Posztszoc és vanitas. Szűcs Attila kiállítása kapcsán. új Művészet, 1998/6.
Dékei Krisztina: Cím nélkül. Szűcs Attila festészetéről. új Művészet, 1998/6.
Százados László: Szándékos tévesztések / Hibadramaturgia. Beszélgetés Szűcs Attilával. Balkon, 1998/3.
Sinkó István: Belső fények. élet és Irodalom, 1998. február 20.
Szoboszlai János: Szűcs Attila legújabb festményei. In: Szűcs Attila (katalógus),
Szent István Király Múzeum, Székesfehérvár, 1997.
Kingsley, Diana: Szűcs Attila, Artforum, 1995/12.
Zwickl András: Végtelenül gyorsuló. új Művészet, 1994/11.
Mészöly, Suzanne: Több mint tíz. SCCA–Budapest, 1994.
Szoboszlai János: Jegyzetek, SCCA Bulletin, Budapest, 1994.
Szoboszlai János: Képkiállítás. Szűcs Attila kiállítása a Bartók 32 Galériában. Balkon, 1994/4.
Szoboszlai János: Szűcs Attila (katalógus), 1994.

Zwickl András: Részletek egy január 24-i beszélgetésből. Vier/Négy, (katalógus)
Kunstverein, Horn – Szent István Király Múzeum, Székesfehérvár, 1993.
Mészöly, Suzanne: The Current Hungarian Context. áttekintés. In: Revisions (katalógus)
Experimental Art Foundation Adelaide – SCCA–Budapest, 1992.