Géza Perneczky
Protagonist of the Hungarian Neo-Avant-Garde

Conceptual Art from the 1970/80s

Géza Perneczky is a protagonist of Hungarian conceptual art and part of the Hungarian Neo-Avant-Garde. In 1970 the artist, art historian, art critic and author emigrated to Cologne, where he lives and works until today.

Géza Perneczky’s works can be found in collections such as The Metropolitan ­Museum of Art (New York), The Museum of Modern Art (New York), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Centre Pompidou (Paris) and Ludwig Museum (Budapest).

The Art of Reflection Book


The Art of Reflection
Conceptual Photography 1970–75

Edited by Patrick Urwyler, this publication is the first comprehensive presentation of Géza Perneczky’s conceptual photography, the artist realized between 1970–75 as a dissident in Germany. The publication is published and distributed by Verlag für moderne Kunst
Capa Center Exhibition View


Mirrors – Conceptual Photography from the 1970s

The milestone exhibition at Robert Capa Contemporary Photography Center in Budapest was the first comprehensive overview on the artist's oeuvre with focus on conceptual photography.

curated by Patrick Urwyler

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.


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