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Tibor Hajas
(1946 - 1980)

Tibor Hajas was, by current consensus, the greatest Hungarian poet/writer/performance artist of his generation. Conceptual and Actionist as an artist, as a poet and a writer, he is venerated for his precise—pushed to the limits to the point of utmost cruelty—use of language. Hajas, star of the Budapest underground of the 1970s, was “pushed” into the visual arts by the death of his friend, the sculptor Istvan Dombrovszky. His early Fluxus related actions, Letter to my Friend in Paris (1975) and Self-Fashion Show (1976) were made in dialogue with the Paris street-plays of Janos Gat. After 1978, his performances, in which his own body turns into the medium, were done exclusively for the camera of the photographer János Vető. In these theatrical, ritualistic, and exceedingly beautiful works, Hajas probed life at its limits.


2005     Emergency Landing, Ludwig Museum, Budapest

1997     Emergency Landing, Ernst Museum, Budapest

1990     Nightmare Works, Anderson Gallery, School of the Arts,

             Virginia Commonwealth University (US)

1987    1946-1980 posthumous exhibition, Székesfehérvár (H)

1980     G. Permafo, Wrocław (PL)

1978/1979      Bercsényi 28-30 Gallery, Budapest


2023     Summer Wine - Einspach Fine Art & Photography, Budapest

1999/2001       Viewpoints/Positions Art in Central- Europe, 

             Museum Moderner Kunst, Wien, Ludwig Museum, Budapest,

             Fundacio Miró, Barcelona, Hansard Gallery/City Gallery

             Southampton, Národní G., Prága

1999/2000        Global Conceptualism Points of Origin –

             1950s/1980s, Queens Museum of Art, New York Walker Art

             Center, Minneapolis, Miami Art Museum, Miami (USA)

1998     Body and the East, Moderna G., Ljubljana

1996/1997         Beyond Art/Jenseits von Kunst,  Ludwig Museum and

             Neue Galerie am Landesmuseum Joanneum, Graz

1994     Europa, Europa, Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der

             Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Bonn

1990     Nuit de la photographie, Musée Elysée, Lausanne

1989     "Más-kép", Ernst Museum, Budapest

1988     Fotohof, Kurt Kaindle Galerie, Salzburg

 1987    Out of Eastern Europe 

             Private Photography, List Visual Center, Massachusetts

             Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusets (US)

             Magic works, Budapest Gallery Lajos street, Budapest

             Bilder. Zeitgenössische ungarische Fotografie, 

             Fotogalerie, Bécs

1986     Photos, Liget Gallery, Budapest

1984     Situation, Budapest Gallery Lajos street, Budapest

1983     Film/Art, Budapest Gallery, Budapest

1982     "Fotóhasználat a grafikában", Óbuda Galéria, Budapest

1981     Tendencies 1970-1980, 6., “Hard and soft” postconteptulaist                         tendecies, Óbuda Gallery, Budapest

             Erweiterte Fotografie, 5. Internationale Biennálé, Wiener

             Secession, Bécs

             14. Mednarodni graficni b., Ljubljana

1980     6 HongaARSE Kunstenaars, M.van Hedendaagse Kunst,


             "II. Esztergomi Fotóbiennálé",Vármúzeum, Esztergom

             "A Makói Művésztelep kiállítása", Pataki I. Művelődési

             Ház, Makó

1979     Photogramms, Józsefvárosi Kiállítóterem, Budapest

             European Dialogue, B. of Sydney

             Works and Words, Stichtung De Appel, Amsterdam

1978     Miedzynarodowe Triennale Rysunku, Wrocław

1977     Möbius, Fiatal Művészek Klubja, Budapest

1976     Dia-pályázat, Fiatal Művészek Klubja, Budapest "Tavaszi

             Tárlat", Fiatal Művészek Klubja, Budapest

1975     Comics, Fiatal Művészek Klubja, Budapest "Tavaszi

             Tárlat", Fiatal Művészek Klubja, Budapest

             Expositions – Fotó/Art, Hatvany Lajos Museum, Hatvan

1973     Texts, Balatonboglári kápolnatárlat

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