When the artwork becomes a tool in the creation process: Zsolt Asztalos’ My Art series

Zsolt Asztalos focuses on his own works, he processes his oeuvre in his My Art series. Beyond the intellectual power of the artwork, he is interested in its physical nature. He builds installations from artworks which he then documents on photographs. The artworks become a kind of tool in the creation of another work. This unusual surmounting over his own art and his playful generosity pervades the My Art series. The artworks on the photos never reveal their true nature.

Zsolt Asztalos (1974) graduated as a painter in 1999 from the Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts in the class of Gábor Dienes and Dóra Maurer. He participated in numerous prestigious exhibitions internationally, in 2013 he represented Hungary with his video installation entitled Fired but Unexploded at the Venice Biennale. Between 2007 and 2010 he received the Derkovits Gyula Scholarship and in 2016 he was awarded with the Munkácsy Mihály Prize, the most prestigious state award in Hungary in the field of fine arts. He participated in the Bucharest Biennale in 2017. In 2020 he will have a solo exhibition at the Kiscell Museum and will participate in the group show TheUnknown Artist at the Portland Center for Contemporary Art & Culture.

Asztalos is a conceptual artist working with various multimedia techniques such as installation, print, photo, video and ready-made. The central theme of his work is the relation to our past and the relativity of remembering.

Zsolt Asztalos: My Art
solo exhibition

Opening: 20 February 2020, Thursday, 6 p.m.
Opening speech: Zsuzsanna Szegedy-Maszák, art historian
On view until: 25 April 2020, from Tuesday to Friday, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., on Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Address: 36 Bródy Sándor street, 1088 Budapest