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Otto Szabó (SK)/Atilla Dienes (H): Fatal Questions

Authors, exhibition title: Otto Szabó (SK)/Atilla Dienes (H): Fatal Questions
Venue: Galéria Jána Koniarka, Kopplova vila, Zelený kríček 3, Trnava
Curator: Miroslav Procházka
Opening: February 16, 2017, at 6.00 pm
Duration: February 16, 2017 - March 26, 2017


The exhibition introduces two visual artists who, besides common Hungarian nationality, share similar ranges of themes such as brainteasers of human existence, as well as a similar purport of their works. 

Attila Diénes (1942) comes from Transylvania; in 1968, he completed the study programme of sculpting in "Ioan Andreescu" Academy of Visual Arts in Cluj-Napoca. He has been living in Hungary since 1988. He had solo exhibitions in his hometown of Târgu Mureș, in Bucharest, Budapest, Veszprém, Szentendre, Nuremberg, Washington or New York. The group exhibitions including his works were held in, among others, Poland, the Netherlands, France, Germany and Italy. A number of public areas in, for instance, the cities of Târgu Mureș, Arcuș or Sâncraiu (Transylvania), Magyarpolány, Balatonszárszó, Ópusztaszer, Szentkiralyszabadja, Ajka, Porrog and Veszprém, as well as in the Slovak towns of Kráľ, Kráľová nad Váhom or Kráľovičove Kračany were decorated by numerous works of this artist. He was honoured with the most prestigious Hungarian art award, the Munkácsy Prize, in 2011. His works are characterised by certainty of style and light, gentle and intimate soaring that penetrates the shapes, by elegant rhythm and stance through which all figures draw attention to themselves in their own space, and even by alternately sensitive, religious, ironic and sorrowful atmosphere emanated by each of the figures. By its veracity alone, his humanism is a proof of the unrest of this age.

Otto Szabó (1965) was born in Rožňava. In 1994, he completed the study programme of free graphics supervised by Igor Rumanský, Vojtech Kolenčík, and Róbert Jančovič in AFAD, Bratislava. Nowadays, he works as a teacher in the Secondary School of Applied Art Košice. He focuses on graphics, painting, sculpting and computer designing. HIs solo exhibitions have been presented in Rožňava, Košice, Nitra, Bratislava, Prague, Miskolc, Oradea, Warsaw, or in the European Parliament in Strasbourg. Among other works, his hands gave life to stained glass designs in the synagogue in Lučenec, the statue of Sara Salkahazi, the Martyr in St. Elisabeth Cathedral in Košice, interiors and art plans of the castle in Vígľaš, the mosaic on the main hall wall in the Hungarian Embassy in Bratislava, or fourteen paintings of Stations of the Cross in the Church in Moldava nad Bodvou. He is a chairman of the Association of Independent Artists Rovás that regularly organises exhibitions, international symposia, workshops, creative camps and trainings for young talented people. He was awarded Pro Cultura Hungarica prize in 2010 and Knight’s Cross of Merit of the Order of Hungary in fine arts in 2014. His works, through which he seeks to express universal human symbols with eternally valid contents, are delimited by a determining contour, while the colours play a role of carriers of moods and mental states. He uses stylized drawing, peculiar light and decorative colouring to create a miraculous impression of magical splendour wandering in ambiguous lands somewhere between a vision and a dream. 

The message of the exhibition on the essence of human existence is about sorrows, joys and unrests, on the fact that all of us have been waiting for passing away since we were born, and meanwhile we love, quarrel, hate, put on masks and play our little games, even for ourselves. All this reflects the haunting feelings of the both authors, making a spectator shiver.

PhDr. Miro Procházka


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