Barna Péli

In 2000 I have graduated from the Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts at the Department of Sculpture. Together with Attila Galbovy we started to adopt the strategy of joint work since having finished school. In 2001 we made two exhibitions together in an alternative exhibition and project space run by the Little Warsaw artist group (Manus, Horseradish, 2001). Upto 2009, when a commercial gallery (Dovin) organized my first for solo show I have mostly appeared in non-profit alternative places like Tűzraktér, Trafó etc. as part of an artist collective working together. We produce works of art in a manner similar to the socially established modes of production, where the objects produced come to be as the result of processes and decisions of incredible complexity. This complexity is modelled by the method of mutual association, an extensive economy of ideas. Ideas are democratic (even when received and handled by a single person, though they tend to purify in such cases and become private property, parts of the private economy), so they are most secure in joint ownership. This extensive process of joint work may not result in clear-cut works, but provides enough material until the time comes (if it does) to finish it.
This year my works appeared at two main European art fairs, in Paris and at the Art Cologne.
Who Barna Péli Born Hungary, 1972
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Thick Milk

Sculpture body, collective, conceptual, figurative, man

Exhibitions (selection)

  • Solo exhibitions:
  • 2011
  • Thick Milk, Dovin, Budapest
  • 2010
  • Art Fair Budapest (Dovin), Budapest
  • 2009
  • Winged Octopus, Dovin, Budapest
  • 2008
  • The Last Chinese (with Attila Galbovy), Tűzraktér, Budapest
  • 2001
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Awards and Scholarships (selection)

  • 2004
  • Derkovits scholarship
  • 2004
  • Klára Herczeg award (junior award winner with Attila Galbovy)
  • 2000
  • Lipót Herman award

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