Edited by Patrick Urwyler & published by Verlag für moderne Kunst

Géza Perneczky –
Protagonist of the Hungarian Neo-Avant-Garde

Fine artist, CRITIC and art historian based in Cologne

As since 1970 Géza Perneczky lives and works in Cologne, he was an important mediator between the Hungarian/Eastern European and the international art scene. Perneczky is a protagonist of the Hungarian conceptual art, his early conceptual works and also his publications had a catalyst role on the Hungarian neo-avantgarde tendencies. On the international scene he became known as one of the founder of the post-fluxus mail art movement, which also defined the character of his conceptual works.

Most recent acquisitions of important works by Géza Perneczky were done in 2016 by SFMOMA (Art Bubbles), 2016 by Centre Pompidou (Art Bubbles 1972), in 2018 by Museum of Modern Art in New York (Concepts like Commentary 1971 and Art Bubbles 1972), 2019 by The Metropolitan Museum of Art and 2020 by the Ludwig Museum Budapest.

Géza Perneczky’s works can be found in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, MoMA, Getty Institute, Centre Pompidou, Walker Art Center, Franklin Furnace Archive, Ludwig Museum Budapest, Hungarian National Gallery, Museum of Fine Arts Budapest, National Gallery Prague, Art Pool Budapest, etc.

Géza Perneczky had several exhibitions internationally in MOMA NY, the Wiener Sezession, Kölner Kunsthalle, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Museum of Concept Art, San Francisco, Olmütz Museum of Art, In-Out Center and Stempelplaast in Amsterdam, and in Hungarian Institutions as well, like Capa Contemporary Photography Center, Vasarely Museum in Budapest, Ludwig Museum, King St. Stephan Museum, Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest Gallery, Art Pool Budapest.

In 2006 he received the Great State Award (Széchenyi Price), which is a prize given by the Hungarian State in recognition of those who have made an outstanding contribution to academic life in Hungary.


MAIN work groups by Géza Perneczky

Conceptual Photography


Géza Perneczky's best know group of work from the early 70s. Almost all photographic works are realized as series as it was typical for the Hungarian neo-avantgard.

Rubber Stamp Art


Géza Perneczky's Rubber Stamp Art are series of graphics influenced byMail Art, the movement where Perneczky play a major role internationally.

Artist's Books


Also know as "The Story of the Colorful Ribbons", Perneczky created these mixed media object as "silent music pieces", since they are based on compositions and mathematics as well.

String Pictures


Géza Perneczky transformed the small sized Stamp Art to this monumental genre. Done in the spirit of the minimal music these acrylic on canvas (and paper) artworks are up to 10 meter long.


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