Károly Klimó

Unity in Diversity

Venue: acb Plus
Date: May 05 – Jun 16, 2023
Opening: May 04, 2023, 18:00–21:00

The exhibition of Károly Klimó (1936) held in the space of acb Plus provides a brief overview on the oeuvre of the artist. The exhibition puts equal spotlight on Klimó’s early assemblages created in the 1970s, and the new recent paintings of the artist as well. The occasion of Klimó’s acb debut is highlighted by a book published on the artist by acb ResearchLab. Klimó has been experimenting with informel painting and material collages, assemblages based on found objects since the 1970s. Klimó occupies a special place as a colorist as well in Hungarian art history, Klimó deploys his deep red, burgundy, brown, yellow and black color palette on his works in multiple layers. The destructed surfaces of the pieces highlight a connection with existentialist philosophy and the deeply perceived history of the 20th century.

Károly Klimó graduated as a student of Aurél Bernáth from the Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts in 1962. From 1971 on he taught at the University: until 1990 as the senior professor of the evening course, and between 1990-2005 he was head of the painting department. Since the seventies, Klimó has been actively exhibiting both in Hungary and abroad, especially in Germany and Austria, while in 1980, he participated in the Venice Biennale. In the 1980s and 1990s, Károly Klimó became a frequent figure in the international art scene in both Western Europe and the United States. His work has been honored with numerous domestic and international awards, among which the prestigious Herder Award stands out (2005).

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