Margit Szilvitzky

Margit Szilvitzky (1931 – 2018, Budapest) graduated from the textile and fashion design department of the University of Applied Arts Budapest in 1954. Szilvitzky became by the end of the fifties an acclaimed designer. In parallel she began experimenting with various textile fabrics, and her sewn collage pictures, made from linen and hemp materials she had dyed herself, made her by latter half of the sixties one of the leading figures of the Hungarian textile art. Spanning five decades, her artistic approach articulated in various media such as drawing, painting and art books as well. The early period of Szilvitzky’s abstract artistic practice, which can be characterised by an organic motif-set and vivid colours, has shifted towards a rigorous geometric attitude. Centered around the plane and spatial potentials of the square her consequent geometric program unfolded itself by folding the canvas in the 1970s.  From the mid-eighties in order to investigate the two dimensional surface of the canvas she turned to pictorial expression. In the course of the nineties her interest in the ornamental capacities of the painting - referring to her early textile period as well – became central. The geometrical modulations and the latter ornamental investigations of the “endless pattern” are driven from her ever since inquiry into variable structures.

Her activity organizing Hungarian textile biennials, the success of solo and group exhibitions, her frequent participation in international textile events earned her international acclaim. From the mid-seventies Szilvitzky was exhibiting extensively abroad. Her works can be found beside the UNESCO Collection and the collection of the Kupferstich-Kabinett Dresden in the main Hungarian public collections, such as the Museum of Fine Arts Budapest, the Hungarian National Gallery and the Hungarian Museum of Applied Arts.



2004      Fészek Gallery, Budapest

2002      Open Processes II. (1972-2002), Savaria Art Gallery, Szombathely, HU

2001      Diarium Nauticum (with Gloria G. Persiani), Hungarian Academy, Rome

1999      Paintings 1991-1998, Ernst Museum, Budapest

1992      Salle du Bonvin, UNESCO, Paris

1990      Parcelles de l’univers, Galerie Ehgner, Paris

              Frammenti dell’Universo, Galleria l’Ariete, Rome

1988      Szilvitzky Margit. Selection from the works of the past three decades. Műcsarnok/Kunsthalle, Budapest

1986      Nauhan tarina / Strip Story. Hungarian Institute, Helsinki

1984      Open processes. Textiles /Drawings. Sawensteijn Museum, Voorburg

1979      King Stephen Museum, Székesfehérvár, HU

1977      Amos Anderson Museum, Helsinki (with Gábor Attalai and Lujza Gecser)

1976      The prize-holders of the IV. Wall-, and Space-Textile Biennale. Zwinger, Kőszeg, HU (with Éva Németh and Zsuzsa Szenes)

1972      Salamon Tower, Visegrád, HU

1970      Collegium Hungaricum, Vienna

1970      Exhibition Hall of the Institute of Cultural Connections (later Dorottya Gallery), Budapest

1960      Adolf Fényes Hall, (with Anna Soltész Nagy)



2006      Il libro eterno. National Széchényi Library, Budapest

                4th International Exhibition for Artist Books. King St. Stephen, Székesfehérvár, HU

                2nd Textile Art Triennial. Szombathely Art Gallery, Szombathely, HU

2002      Arte per salvare la Nature. Gallera ’il Tempo Ritrovato’, Rome

2000      Künstlerbücher aus Ungarn. Goethe Institut, Budapest

                6th Wexford Artists’s Books Exhibition. Arts Centre, Wexford

               Le livre objet contemporain hongroise. Musée Lanchelevichi, La Louviére, B

1999      Made in Hungary. Contemporary Artis Book. Dowd Fine Arts Gallery, New York

                Slika / Platno. Selected works of Hungarian Artists. MGML, City Museum, Ljubljana

1997      Oil/Canvas. Műcsarnok, Kunsthalle, Budapest

1994      The Eighties. Ernst Museum

                2nd International Exhibition of Artist Books. King St. Stephen Museum, Székesfehérvár, HU

1992      Dialogues in Paper. Hungarian and American Artists. Fészek Gallery, Budapest

                Interplays ’92, Dom Umenia, Bratislava

1989      Symmetry ’89. Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest

1988      International Pattern Triennale. Műcsarnok/Kunsthalle, Budapest

1986      Moderne Ungarische Textilien. Museum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte, Museum am Ostwall, Dortmund

1985      The Nature. Pécsi Galéria, Pécs, HU

                IV. Medunarodni Biennale Tapiserije. Mestna Galerija, Piran, SLO

1984      New Textile. Selection from the collection of the Savaria Museum. King Stephen Museum, Székesfehérvár, HU

1983      Landscape, Pécsi Galéria, Pécs

1982      Arteder ’82. International graphic exhibition. Bilbao

1981      Textilkunst ’81. Sclossmuseum, Linz - Künstlerhaus, Wien

                Drawing Activity. Wielka Galeria, Poznan

                Objects, Situations and Counterpoints with soft materials. Műcsarnok/Kunsthalle, Budapest

1980      Drawings. Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest

                Tendencies 1970-1980 I., Óbuda Gallery, Budapest

                Hedendaagse Hongaarse Kunst. Centrum de Vart, Hilversum, NL

1979      Hungarian Contemporary Textile Art. Rut E. Dowd Fine Arts Gallery, New York

              Textile – Without Textile. Club of Young Artists, Budapest

              Textiles from Velem. Landesmuseum Joanneum, Graz, AT

1978      Moderne Ungarsk Textilkunst. Nordjyllands Kunstmuseum, Aalborg, DK     

              3rd International Exhibition of Miniature Textiles, British Crafts Centre, London   

              Thoughts on light materials. Club of Young Artists, Budapest

1977      Moderne Ungarische Textilkunst. Stadt Museum, Linz, AT

1976      Textiles Appliques, Fabric-Collage. Musée Chateau d’Annecy, FR

1975      Hungarian Miniature Textiles. Savaria Museum, Szombathely, HU

1974      The First Worlds Crafts Exhibition. Ontario Science Centre, Toronto, CAN

1972      Clothing ’72. Ernst Museum, Budapest

1970-1982 Textile Biennals. Szombathely, HU

1968      Textile Wall Image ’68. Ernst Museum, Budapest

1966      V. Hungarian Poster Exhibition. Műcsarnok/Kunsthalle, Budapest

1959-1960 IV. National Arts and Crafts Exhibition. Műcsarnok/Kunsthalle, Budapest