VILTIN Gallery opens its seventh exhibition season at its new location in – Budapest’s art quarter, neighbouring many museums, theatres, galleries – Vasvári Pál Street. For this exceptional occasion, we present an extensive, representative selection of Attila KOVÁCS’ works: TIME-GEOMETRIES. The works, made between 1968-1998 are outstanding pieces from the artist’s most significant series.
Attila KOVÁCS was born in 1938 in Budapest. He emigrated to West-Germany in 1964 and graduated at the painter department of the Saatliche Akademie der Bildenen Künste in 1970. KOVÁCS moved to Cologne in 1972 where he lived and worked till 2010. From 1984 then on, he regularly returned to Budapest, and had a retrospective exhibition at Kunshalle Budapest in 1995. Currently he lives and works in Budapest.
Starting from 1958, and later between 1964 and 1970 he created a unique artistic language that he named Frame of Reference and Statuesque Transmutation. In this series, he built his non-Euclidean, sequential geometric abstractions by mathematical coordinates in x-y-z axis. The completed and infinite series are defined in „The function table of relativisation and synthetisation of Visual Structures (1973-76). The selected sequences had been executed in canvas mounted on wooden board or paper.
The works are usually carried out in two-dimensional levels - sometimes start plain, then are built after a mathematically fixed rhythm of sequential movement, step out in space and create a kind of geometric frieze on the wall. The works of Attila KOVÁCS are born in an emblematic visual world, their geometric symbol system, their purity are the accomplishments of the artist’s heroical manuality. All the panels of the artist – alike icons- are unique paintings on multilayer grounded carriers. His paperworks are ink and pencil drawings. The current exhibition present a selection of graphics: silkscreen works form the 60’s that are carried out with the most exciting colouring of its time: Attila KOVÁCS was among the first pioneers who used the yet invented illuminating paint.
The oeuvre of Attila KOVÁCS is parallel with the oeuvre of significant artists of minimal- and concept-art – like Sol LeWitt, Donald Judd, Larry Bell, or Ad Reinhardt. Although the formal resemblances are obvious, the concept differs. While minimal art is based on reduction, the visual medium-theory of KOVÁCS – elaborated in the end of 1960’ – show an endless, expansive visual world, thus is rather parallel with concept art. According to Henry Flynt (theorist of concept art), concept art is „notably an art whose theme derive from notions as music from sounds”. Flynt declares in 1961 that conceptual art has nothing in common with traditional art before 20th century, rather has a close relation, tradition with mathematics. In KOVÁCS’ practice, the musical sounds are thousands of mathematical equation, and each variation serve as base for visual artworks. Using his symbol system, he elaborated 2025 variation of the square structure of Josef Albers - the pioneer of minimal art - in 1974-75, that had been exhibited in 1976 in Ludwig Museum, Cologne, and later, another comprehensive series was exhibited in 1977 at documenta 6, in Kassel.
The work called Periodically-Vertically structured horizontal processes, a 14-piece sequential drawing work - made in 1964 - is according to German art historical researches, the first sequential art work in the world that was lately exhibited in Neues Museum, Museum für Kunst und Design Nürnberg.
Works of Attila KOVÁCS are in major museums and private collection around the world from the United States to Japan.
THE EXHIBITION IS PART OF THE BUDAPEST GALLERY WEEKEND PROGRAM!
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Group Exhibition: LUMAS portfolio and Hungarian artists Bence Bakonyi, István Lábady, Zoltán Vancsó and Erika Lakatos