ákos birkás

photo©máté birkás
photo©máté birkás

biography

ákos birkás was born in budapest in 1941, where he still lives and works today. his examination of political, societal, and economic relations, combined with contemplations of strategies for how to depict these in figurative contemporary art, define his current artistic creations. his works can be found in numerous private and public collections.

 

1959-65studied in the academy of fine arts, budapest, faculty of painting
2011 lecturer at the university of film and theatre, szfe, budapest
2003-2005 lecturer at the hungarian university of fine arts, mke, budapest
1992 lecturer at the école nationale des beaux-arts, dijon
1990 + 1991 lecturer at the international summeracademy, salzburg
1966-84 lecturer at the school for fine and applied arts, budapest
2000 scholarship villa concordia
1995/96 daad-scholarship, berlin
1993 scholarship brandenburg
1992 scholarship french ministry of cultural affairs, dijon
1990 scholarship folkwangring
1989 herderprize, vienna

regular exhibitions

since 1986 at the knoll gallery vienna, budapest

since 1992 at gallery zürcher paris, new york

since 1993 at eigen+art berlin, leipzig

solo exhibitions (selection)
2010 zürcher studio, new york, 2007 kunstverein göttingen . 2006 works 1975-2006, ludwig múzeum, budapest. 2004 wetering gallery, amsterdam. 1998 municipal museum göhre, jena; gallery fahlbusch, mannheim; gallery susanne albrecht, münchen . 1996 daad gallery, berlin; museum des 20. jahrhunderts, wien; goethe institut, budapest . 1994 kiscelli museum, budapest . 1993 ecole nationale des beaux-arts, dijon; gallery zürcher, fiac, paris . 1992 galerie janssen, bruxelles . 1991 slovenská narodná galéria, bratislava; galerie der stadt wels; galerie heike curtze; villa mirabell, salzburg; landesmuseum joanneum, graz . 1990 museum folkwang, essen; galerie heike curtze, düsseldorf and vienna . 1987 landesmuseum joanneum, graz . 1986 tatgallery, vienna; 42. biennale, hungarian pavillon, venice .  1981 hört ihr diese stimme, toldy galerie, budapest . 1973 stúdió galéria, budapest
group exhibitions (selection)
2011 helyszíni szemle - múzeum a múzeumról (the museum about the museum), ludwig múzeum, budapest . 2010 ATOPIA - art and city in the 21st century, centre de cultura contemporània de barcelona . 2005 iv. grafikbiennale novosibirsk . 1999 kunst der 90er jahre in ungarn, akademie der künste, berlin . 1998 die ungarische avantgarde, neue galerie, linz . 1997 birkas-elgin-maning, albertinum, national artcollection dresden. 1992 free worlds - metaphors and realities in contemporary hungarian arts, oklahoma city art museum und musée d'art contemporain de montreal; ungarische kunst der 80er jahre und ihre ursprünge, museum of modern art, bolzano . 1991 free worlds, art gallery of ontario, toronto . 1990 die budapester szene, künstlerhaus salzburg ; gegenwart/ewigkeit, martin-gropius-bau, berlin. 1989 die kunst der letzten 10 jahre, museum moderner kunst, wien . 1987 expressiv - middleeuropean art since 1960, museum moderner kunst, vienna, museum and sculpture garden, washington d.c. . 1986 die steirische landschaft, landesmuseum joanneum, graz . 1985 drei generationen ungarischer künstler, landesmuseum joanneum, graz und kunsthalle budapest . 1984 grenzzeichen, schloß esterházy, eisenstadt . 1983 gruppe rabinec, studio rabinec, budapest