Klara Kuchta


Born in Rožňava, Slovakia, 1941
Lives and works in Geneva


Klára Kuchta studied at the textile department of the University of Applied Arts in Budapest. After her graduation in 1968, the plasticity and three-dimensional potential of the sisal, the vegetal fibre she used for her large-format hangings or mural woven pieces, became central to her visual investigations. Kuchta took an active part in the formal renewal of textile art in the late sixties in Hungary, which allowed the medium to outgrow its traditionally decorative reception and to become a channel of abstract artistic expression that silently opposed the socialist realistic style propagated and favoured by the Hungarian aesthetical ideologies. Following her move to Geneva, Switzerland in 1971, she gained international recognition at the Biennale de la Tapisserie de Lausanne where she exhibited along with Denise Emery, Magdalena Abakamowicz and Jagoda Buic.Her practice took a conceptual turn in 1974 when she formulated her socio-economic Art Manifesto and initiated a ten-year cycle dedicated to the historical, cultural, gender-based, social and economic aspects of hair. Using it first as a raw material for woven pieces and paintings that marked the transition between her textile works and her conceptual period, Klára Kuchta gradually moved towards a socially critical approach of the hair through photo series, performances and video pieces, which also positioned her a pioneer of video art in Switzerland. Subsequently to this cycle, she started concentrating on light, shadow and reflection in mirrors – an item she used in her performances and videos as well –, a process of disembodiment in which she dissolved all traces of her physical presence and shifted her focus towards arts and science.




International Kepes Society (Société International de Kepes), Light Symposium

Folyamat Társaság


Magyar Festők Társasága


Nemzetközi KárpitMűvészek Egyesülete



2019 Fibre Works, 1968-1973, acb Gallery, Budapest

2006 Genéve, MAMCO

2004 Budapest, Kiscell Museum - Municipal Gallery

2003 Genéve, Galerie R. Turetsky

1996 Genéve, Galerie R. Turetsky

         Budapest, Vasarely Museum

         Genéve, Centre de la photographie

1993 Genéve, Galerie FaustTuretsky 

1992 Genéve, Galerie FaustTuretsky 

        Genéve, Galerie Faust

1987 Budapest, Ernst Museum 

1986 Székesfehérvár, István Király Múzeum

1984 Bern, Kunstmuseum

1978 Bruxelles, Galerie Isy Brachot

1975 Genéve, Palais de l'Athénée 

1972 Genéve, Palais de l'Athénée





2018    Bookmarks - Revisiting Hungarian Art of the 1960s and 1970s, The Vinyl Factory Soho, London


2017  Genève, HAED, New Heads-Fondation BNP Paribas Art Awards,5ème édition

2016  Budapest, Szép 3 Galéria, Folyamat Tàrsaság

          Ferrara, Palazzo dei Diamenti (Musée d'Art Moderne) Expos 1974-94

          Eger, Kepes Institute

          Budapest, Uj Budapest Galeria/Balna  „Mehr Licht”

2015  Budapest,Kunsthalle/Mucsarnok, International Kepes Society,Light Symposium

          the Geneva Cantonal Contemporary Art Fund (FCAC)

2014  Genève, Smoking Up Ambition, group exhibition commissioned by

2013  Genève,MAMCO,Collectionneurs de Genève,

          Bruxelles,Institut Hongrois de Bruxelles

2011   Budapest, Budapest Galéria,Société International de Kepes

           Bern, Kunstmuseum, ”Vice et volupté.Les septs péchés capitaux de Durer à Neuman.”

2010   Pécs,Művészetek Háza, Nemzetközi Kepes Tàrsosàg,Light Symposium

           Toulouse,”Le Printemps de Septembre à Toulouse”, MAMCO,

2009   Dunaszerdahely,Kortars Magyar Galéria (G.sucasnych umelcov),Folyamat T.

           Budapest, A22 Galeria, Société International de Kepes

2008   Luzern, Kunstmuseum „Schweizer Videokunst der 70er u 80er Jahre„(Vidéos/Années 70-80)

           Budapest, MMA (Magyar Muvészti Akadémia), Light Symposium Kepes Tarsasag

           Kecskemét,Varosi Képtar, Folyamat Tarsasag

           Palma de Majorque,Musée des Beaux Arts,Collection AUER

           Montpellier,Galerie de la Ville,Pavillon Populaire,”Regard!des enfants”

2007   Kosice(Kassa), Varosi Képtar , Nemzetkozi Kepes Tarsasag

           Paris, Marne sur Seine, Collection AUER

2006   Paris, Institut Hongrois de Paris,Nemzetkozi Kepes Tarsasag

           Miskolc Gallery Rakoczi haz, Folymat Tarsosag

           Szombathely,Képtar,”Cicelle/Arany haromszog”

2005   Szombathely, Varosi Képtar,Folyamat Tarsasag

           Budapest, Ujpest Galéria, Magyar Festok Tarsasaga,”Labyrintus”

2004   Genève, Musée d'histoire des sciences,”La nuit de la Science” Mesure du corps humain,L'oeil”

           Pécs, Pécsi Galeria, „Continuité/ Folyamat Tarsasag

           Budapest, Milleneum Park,International Symmetry Festival,”Science meets Arts”

2003   Eger, Light Symposium,Nemzetkozi Kepes Tarsasag

           Galerie d'Art du Conseil Général des Bouches-du-Rhône (Collection AUER)

           Aix-en-Province, „Regards de femmes – Femmes regardées”
           Budapest, Vigado, „Histoires d'oeuf”, Collection AUER

           Helsinki, Continuité/Folyamat Tarsosag

2002   Nyon, Galerie Focal

           Sydney, 5.Congrès Internatonal ISIS, „Interact”

           Eger, Light Symposium

2001   Bruxelles, International Art – Bruxelles

2000   Carouge, Musée de Carouge

1999   Montpellier,Galerie de la Ville,(Photographie)

           Lyon, „VIV'Art LYON 98”

           Budapest,Vigado, „Continuité/ Folyamat Tarsosag”

1998   Haifa, 4.Congrès International ,ISIS, „Order-Disorder”  

           Genève, Galerie R.Turetsky

           Paris, FIAC

1997   Graz, Neue Galerie am Landesmuseum, „Jenseit”

           Szombathely, 14.Fal és Tértextil Biennalé

           Eger, Light Symposium,Nemzetkozi Kepes Tarsasag

1996   Budapest, Ludwig Muzeum,”Jenseit”

           Genève,Galerie R.Turetsky

           Washington, Art Center, 3.Congrès International,ISIS, ”Natural and Artificial”

1995   Budapest, Budapest Gallery (Lajos u)

           Genève, Maison de St-Gervais

           Lugano,Galerie Gothardo

1994   Szombathely,Fal és tértextil Biennalé

           Genève,Centre de la photographie, Maison de St-Gervais

           Budapest, 2.Congès International, ISIS, ”Ars(Dis)Symmetrica”

           Genève,”Climat 93”,Parc de la Grange

1993   Genève,”Escale 4”, „Escale 5”

           Bâtiment Pont de la Machine

1992   Genève,Galerie Faust

1991   Martigny, Manoir

1989   Budapest, National Gallery

1987   Genève,Palais Wilson,Centre d'Art Contemporain

1986   Genève,Studio Musique Contemporain, „Jupiter mon amour”

           Genève,Manifestation /expo „Eléphantes”

1985   Genève,Musée Rath, „Infraction”

           Bern, Kunstmuseum


           Genève,Centre d'Art Contemporain Vidéo Genève

1984   San Francisco,Twin Palms Gallery,”Arts as Presence”

           Salerno,Vidéofestival „Spazio Vidéo 2”

           Copenhagen,International Vidéo-Show

1983   Charleroi,Vidéofestival

1982   Budapest,Mücsarnok,Kunsthalle

           Genève,Fondation Salle Patino

1981   Lisboa,Fondation Gulbenkian

           Manchester,Withworth Gallery

           Genève,Musée Rath

1980   Lausanne,Musée Cantonal des Beaux-Arts

           München,Lenbachhaus Städtlische Galerie

           Praha,Muzeum v Praze

           Paris,Centre Georges Pompidou

           Budapest, Museum of Ethnography

           Ferrara,Palazzo del Diamanti

1979   Anvers,ICC,Musée d'Art Moderne

           New-York,New-York University


1978   Venezia,Palazzo Grassi

1977   Zurich,Museum Bellerive

           Boston,Art Center

1976   Lausanne,Biennale Suisse

1974   Szombathely,Fal és tértextil Biennalé

1973   Bruxelles,Salon Europe,Musée des Beaux-Arts

1972   Genève,Musée Rath