Gyula Várnai

I am for an Art

Venue: acb Gallery
Date: Sep 16 – Oct 14, 2005

The public has already had the possibility to see the works of Gyula Várnai in acb Gallery at two group exhibitions in 2003 and at an individual show in 2004. One major artistic video of the artist had been on view in the February of 2004 at the RenaissanceSociety (Chicago, USA), one of the most progressive exhibition halls in the United States. Artworks of Gyula Várnai can be found in the Ludwig Museum - Museum of Contemporary Art (Budapest),  the Institute of Contemporary Art in Dunaújváros (Hungary), the Gallery of Paks (Hungary), and several private collections.

Gyula Várnai (1956) studied mathematics, physics, and music, and also worked in a printing house. After getting the Smohay and the Derkovits fellowships (two significant state fellowships for young and talented Hungarian artists) he got the Munkácsy Award in 2001 (the highest level state award for Hungarian artists). 

From the end of the eighties he has permanently been invited for important exhibitions such as New Topics (Kunstverein Nauhausen e.V., Germany),  50 pays 100 artists (Pont Alexandre, Paris, France), Scottish Fall (Budapest), or Media Model (Kunsthalle, Budapest). 

Each comprehensive essay on contemporary Hungarian art gives attention to Varnai's work which cannot be placed with any current tendency. Articles on his art are regularly published in the leading Hungarian art magazines. 

Gyula Varnai creates works of art using different media. He makes sculptures in steel, installations based on optical phenomena, acoustic works, photographs, digital prints, short digital animated films, and videos. He often uses ordinary objects of everyday life that he considers active and important actors of human life. 

In 2005 the acb Gallery presents his digital prints, acoustic installations, and objects produced by the transformation of everyday utensils.

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