Gyula Várnai Blind World – an overview curated by Barnabás Bencsik
KIBLA PORTAL Maribor, Slovenija Opening Hours Tuesday−Saturday:16.00–20.00 For guided tours please apply to kibla(at)kibla(dot)org
In his first large-scale solo exhibition abroad Gyula Várnai (born in Kazincbarcika, Hungary, 1956, lives and works in Dunaújváros) will provide a wide-scale overview of his complex artistic achievement through an immense series of installations comprising existing and new works, from his site-specific wall text of a Heisenberg quotation, to light boxes, sound works, neon and video installations and transformed found objects. In his works Várnai gives everyday objects, motifs and images a poetic dimension by isolating, decontextualizing and playfully manipulating them and his works pose questions about the construction of knowledge and understanding, the nature of passionate observation, the intersections between the scientific and aesthetic dimensions, the perception of space and intangible realities, the process of sensual experiences, and the relations between the sense, notion and physical appearance of time.
Since the beginning of the '90s, the Hungarian artist Gyula Várnai is one of the most significant artists of the Hungarian contemporary art scene who has gained international recognition and his works have been presented in prestigious private and public institutions including Műcsarnok/Kunsthalle, Budapest; Kitchen, New York; W139, Amsterdam; Ludwig Museum, Budapest; acb Gallery, Budapest; Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst – GfZK, Leipzig; Project Space Galerija Gregor Podnar – Ljubljana.