ABOUT


This selection of Gábor Palotai’s artworks put on show his open-ended body of work dedicated to different themes and topics. Spanning over four decades, his oeuvre embraces a multitude of media and motifs. Working across genres, often with a mixed media process, Gábor Palotai transgress the Platon-Kantian dogma of the pure aesthetic of art and everyday function of design. Realizing art in different media, he incorporates the Duchamp-Warholian design of art in the expanded field of contemporary aesthetics and presents his unique points of view.

The allegorical impulse beats through Gábor Palotai’s body of art, running across several, sometimes antagonizing, movements in design and art history and always ending up showcasing a world of his own. Starting off in the late 1970s with his conceptual photography and fluxus art, early modern collage and late modern grid-based projects, postminimalism and postmodern computer art, continuing with experimental film, new media art, and excelling in creative deconstruction beyond postcontemporary reconstructions. His free-spirited movement forward has, despite different media and motifs, given his works a recognizable aesthetic energy characterized by the bold and intense, poetic and passionate.

Paintings, carpets, print on paper, porcelain, textile, artist’s books, films – are some of the more classical mediums with which Gábor Palotai aligns his new media art. At his solo exhibition “ODYSSEUS” at Röhsska Museum, Gothenburg, for instance, copies of his artist’s book Odysseus: A Graphic Design Novel was arranged as a sculptural piece running along the exhibition hall, while his film Odysseus was displayed on the walls. This exhibition also took place at another less conventional place, a night club in Stockholm, where the film was shown as a parallel exhibition. Another example of his use of mixed media in alignment, is his exhibition “AM MU NA HI” at the Hungarian House of Photography, Budapest, showcasing large format excerpts of his computer manipulated photographs from his artist book AM MU NA HI. Lately, his solo exhibition “ZOO-LANDSCAPES-COSMOS” at Trafó House of Contemporary Arts, Budapest, excelled in aligning mixed media and put on display different topics and motifs from a decade exploring visual existentialisms through the pixel.

What began as a visual study of the pixel, has by now transcended into an extensive pattern production that lay the foundation of his expansive private archive of patterns. These different patterns have in their turn laid the ground for several of his distinct art projects.

An outline for a new digital Landscape art has resulted in the artworks “Possible Landscapes”. Inspired by Vilém Flusser’s "The swarm of pixels is indescribable", Gábor Palotai created his artworks “Un/readable Patterns”, realized in different media, from porcelain to textile. Recently, Gábor Palotai has made a study devoted to visualizing void with color with his “Pixel Paintings”. These are monochrome paintings on wood with a carved motif, consisting of an enlarged detail of a pixel from his pixel-pattern series.




EDUCATION


Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design (Hungarian Academy of Craft and Design) in Budapest 1976–1980
The Royal Institute of Art (Stockholm, Sweden) 1981–1983  
Beckmans College of Design (Stockholm, Sweden)  1983–1984


EXHIBITIONS


2020
Code and Algorithm – Hommage á Vera Molnar. Vasarely Museum, Budapest. Group exhibition.

2019
Odysseus. &KONST - Sigtuna Museum & Art, Stockholm 2019. Solo exhibition.
Exhibition Hommage à Bauhaus. Institut Hongrois de Paris, 92 Rue Bonaparte, 2019. Group exhibition.
Exhibition Hommage à Bauhaus. Gallery Pécs, Hungary 2019. Group exhibition.
Bauhaus 100. Ludwig Museum, Budapest 2019. Group exhibition.
Symmetrical Landscapes. Olseröds Konsthall, Olseröd, Sweden 2019. Together with Lena Willhammar.

2018
ZOO - LANDSCAPES - COSMOS. Trafó House of Contemporary Arts, Budapest 2018. Solo exhibition.
Visual Acoustics - International exhibition of contemporary arts on visual music. Fondazzjoni Kreattivita’, Malta 2018. Group exhibition.
Found Pixels / Talált Pixelek. Ferenczy Múzeum Centrum, Szentendre, Budapest 2018. Together with Bp.Szabó György.
Zoo. Hoffmans Antikhandel, Stockholm 2018. Solo exhibition and book release.

2017
Works / Munkák 1976–1980. Galeria Neon, Budapest. 2017. Solo Exhibition.
Mycket mer än gångbart. Handarbetets Vänner/Friends of Handicraft, Stockholm 2017. Group exhibition.

2016
#Bartók. Ludwig Museum, Budapest. 2016. Group Show.

2014
Unreadable Landscapes. Liget Galéria, Budapest. 2014. Solo exhibition.
AM MU NA HI. Pictures from the American Museum of Natural History. Hotel Skeppsholmen, Stockholm, 2014–2015. Solo exhibition.
Thriller. Textile design for furniture. Designgalleriet Kammakargatan, Stockholm. 2014.

2013
Unreadable Patterns. Hotel Skeppsholmen, Stockholm, 2013–14. Solo exhibition.
Ränder, rytm, riktning. The Nordic Museum (Nordiska Museet), Stockholm, 2013–14. Group show.
Liget 30. Olof Palme Ház, Budapest. 2013. Group show.

2008
AM MU NA HI. Hungarian House of Photography in Mai Manó House, Budapest, 2008. Solo exhibition.

2007
Odysseus. Röhsska Museum of Applied Art & Design, 2007. Solo exhibition.
Odysseus. C3. Center for Culture & Communication, Budapest, 2007. Solo exhibition.

2005
Moscow Biennale 2005. Group show.
Swedish by Design, NYC, 2005. Group show.

2004
Designed in Sweden, Museum of London, Los Angeles, NYC, 2004. Group show.

2003
European Design Biennale, London Design Museum, 2003. Group show.
Dissonanzia, Milano, 2003. Group show.
Scandinavian Design Beyond the Myth / Berlin, Milano, Gent, Prag, Budapest, Copenhagen, 2003–2006. Group Show.

2002
Vision Image and Perception, Műcsarnok / Kunsthalle Budapest, Group Exhibition.

1993
Gábor Palotai: Carpets and Photographs. Röhsska Museum of Applied Art & Design, 1993. Solo exhibition.

1990
Swedish Steel. Liget Galéria, Budapest. 1990. Solo exhibition together with Miklós Peternák.

1987
Wunderbaum. Liget Galéria, Budapest. 1987. Solo exhibition together with Miklós Peternák.

1986
Galleri Gauss, "den svenska tristessen", Group Exhibition, Stockholm 1986.
Galleri Linjen, Västervik. 1986. Solo exhibition.
Fotohuset, Gothenburg. 1986. Solo exhibition.
Scandinavian Photography. Kunstmuseum Düsseldorf (now Museum Kunstpalast), 1986. Group Show.
Hellas. Liget Galéria, Budapest. 1986. Solo exhibition together with Miklós Peternák.

1985
Dark Light, White Shadows. Gauss Fotografiskt Galleri, 1985. Solo exhibition.
Atelier des Maitres, Paris. 1985. Solo exhibition together with Miklós Peternák.

1984
Konstnärshuset, Stockholm, solo exhibition.

1983
Galleri Gauss, Stockholm, Gabor Palotai, "The store-room silverprints", solo exhibition.

1981
Actuell Art Gallery, Stockholm, 1981, solo exhibition.


BOOKS


COSMOS by Gabor Palotai. Gabor Palotai Publisher (2019)
ZOO by Gabor Palotai. Gabor Palotai Publisher (2017)
Odysseys. A graphic Design Novel by Gábor Palotai. Gabor Palotai Publisher (2007)
111 Posters. Gestalten Verlag (2007)
The Models (Co-written with Claesson Koivisto Rune. Gabor Palotai Publisher (2005)
AM MU NA HI. American Museum of Natural History. Gabor Palotai Publisher (2005)
Maximazing the Audience (The Animated Book). Gabor Palotai Publisher (2000)
Maximazing the Audience (The Book). Ginko Press (2000)


AWARDS


Red Dot Design Award Best of the Best 2020. Poster design. Skap – Swedish Society of Songwriters, Composers & Authors.

Red Dot Design Award 2020. Poster design. Restaurant Videgård.

Swedish Book Art Award 2019. Vera von Toth – A beauty surgeon’s monologue by Linda Rampell.

Swedish Design Prize 2019. Designer of the Year. Svenska Designpriset 2019.

Red Dot Design Award 2019. Illustrations. Gabor Palotai – Cosmos.

German Design Award 2019 Nominee. Poster design. Livsdal of Sweden.

German Design Award 2019 Nominee. Poster design. Neon Art Gallery.

Hungarian Design Award 2018. Visual Identity. Livsdal of Sweden.

Red Dot Design Award 2018. Poster design. Neon Art Gallery.

Red Dot Design Award 2018. Poster design. Livsdal of Sweden.

Red Dot Design Award 2018. Poster design. Swedish Exhibition Agency (Riksutställningar).

German Design Award 2019. Special Mention. Poster design. Gabor Palotai – Zoo

German Design Award 2019. Winner. Poster design. Contempo Art Auctions

The Golden Egg Award / Guldägget 2018. Diplom. Visual Identity. Livsdal of Sweden.

Red Dot Design Award 2018. Poster design. Swedish Exhibition Agency (Riksutställningar).

German Design Award 2019. Special Mention. Poster design. Gabor Palotai – Zoo

German Design Award 2019. Winner. Poster design. Contempo Art Auctions

The Golden Egg Award / Guldägget 2018. Diplom. Visual Identity. Livsdal of Sweden.

German Design Award 2018 Winner. Poster design for the book "The Shopmodern Condition" by Linda Rampell.

German Design Award 2018 Special Mention. Poster design. Swedish Exhibition Agency (Riksutställningar).

Golden Drawing Pin / Aranyrajzszög díj 2017. Lifetime Achievement Award.

Red Dot Design Award Best of the Best 2017. Poster design. Swedish Exhibition Agency (Riksutställningar).

Red Dot Design Award Best of the Best 2017. Gabor Palotai – Zoo Illustrations.

Red Dot Design Award Best of the Best 2017. Poster design. Gabor Palotai – Zoo

Red Dot Design Award 2017. Poster design. Contempo Art Auctions

Red Dot Design Award 2016. Poster design Swedish Exhibition Agency (Riksutställningar).

Red Dot Design Award 2016. Poster design for the book "The Shopmodern Condition" by Linda Rampell.

Swedish Book Art Award 2016. Facing Heaven by Erik Videgård. Natur & Kultur.

Red Dot Design Award 2016. Product design. Thriller (collaboration with Anna Kraitz).

Swedish Design Prize 2015, Gold medal. Svenska Designpriset 2015. Book Design. Facing
Heaven by Erik Videgård. Natur & Kultur.

Cultural Award of Stockholm City. 2015.

German Design Award 2015 Nominee. Poster design. Violin and cello concerto at Berwaldhallen.

German Design Award 2015 Nominee. Record sleeve. Oddjob – Live in Bremen.

German Design Award 2015 Nominee. Corporate and Brand Design. The Mobile Exhibition Lab.

Red Dot Design Award 2014. Poster design. Violin and cello concerto at Berwaldhallen.

Red Dot Design Award 2014. Record sleeve. Oddjob – Live in Bremen.

German Design Award 2014 Nominee. Poster Design. Reflex Architects.

European Design Awards (Silver) 2013. Poster Reflex. Reflex Architects.

Red Dot Design Award 2013. Corporate design of the Mobile Exhibition Lab. Swedish Travelling Exhibition. Swedish Exhibition Agency (Riksutställningar).

Red Dot Design Award 2012. Poster design Reflex. Reflex Architects.

Red Dot Design Award 2012. Book design Claesson Koivisto Rune, On Yellow. Skandium, London.

German Design Award 2012 Nominee. Corporate Design. Swedish Travelling Exhibition.

German Design Award 2012 Nominee. Swedish Travelling Exhibition, Annual Report.

German Design Award 2012 Nominee. Book Design. Linda Rampell: Freud med Skalpell. GPP.

German Design Award 2012 Nominee. Record Sleeve. Leucocyte. Esbjörn Svensson Trio. The ACT Company.

German Design Award 2012 Nominee. Corporate Design. Sollentuna Shopping Centre. Steen & Ström.

Red Dot Design Award 2010. Record sleeve Leucocyte. Esbjörn Svensson Trio. The ACT Company.

Red Dot Design Award 2010. Book design Freud med Skalpell av Linda Rampell. GPP.

Red Dot Design Award 2010. Annual Report of the Swedish Exhibition Agency (Riksutställningar).

Red Dot Design Award 2010. Corporate design of the Sollentuna Shopping Centre in Stockholm. Steen & Ström.

Red Dot Design Award 2010. Corporate design of the Swedish Exhibition Agency (Riksutställningar).

German Design Award 2009 Nominee. Book Design. Function Rules. Ergonomi Design.

German Design Award 2009 Nominee. Book Design. Gábor Palotai Odysseus a Graphic Design Novel. GPP.

Red Dot Design Award 2007. Book design Gábor Palotai Odysseus a Graphic Design Novel. GPP.

Red Dot Design Award 2007. Book design Function Rules. Veryday (former Ergonomi Design).

Red Dot Design Award 2005. Poster design Made in Sweden. Svensk Form.

Red Dot Design Award 2003. OP Vodka. V&S Group.

Red Dot Design Award 2003. Book design Gábor Palotai AM MU NA HI. GPP.

Red Dot Design Award 2003. Book design and DVD Gábor Palotai Maximizing The Audience. GPP.

The Golden Egg Award (Guldägget) 2006 (Swedish Communication Agencies) for the exhibition poster Estonia.

Kolla (Design Award) between 2000 and 2009 approx. 6 different.

Swedish Book Art Award between 1990 and 2013 approx. 20 different.

Core International Design Award 2002 for the design of the OP Vodka. V&S Group.

The Golden Egg Award (Guldägget). Silver. 1987. Christmas packaging design for Hennes & Mauritz (H&M).

Excellent Swedish Design Prize between 1985 and 2002 approx. 25 different.

KW Guller Stipendium, 1985.

Kycklingstipendiet. 1985.

2nd. Graphic Design Biennal in Hungary, Békéscsaba. 1980. Special Prize.


REFERENCES


AGI.

Graphic Design for the 21st Century. 100 of the World's Best Graphic Designers. Charlotte and Peter Fiell. Taschen 2003. Pages 230–235 ISBN 3-8228-1605-1.

European Design Awards 2013 Celebrating Creative Brilliance (participating) ISBN 978-960-98284-5-1.

Contemporary Graphic Design. Charlotte and Peter Fiell. Taschen 2007. Pages 396–399 ISBN 9783822852699.

Grids. Gavin Ambrose and Paul Harris. AVA publishing, 2008. Pages 3, 86–89, 148–151, 160–161 ISBN 978-2-940411-92-4.

Who's Who in Design. The Leading Designers of the World, ed. Peter Zec, Red Dot Edition, Vol 1, Vol 2 (2003). Pages 276–277, Vol 3 (2007) pages 262–263.

Novum, World of Graphic Design, München 07/12. Pages 50–51.

Novum, World of Graphic Design, München 06/07. Pages. 62–65.

Novum, World of Graphic Design, Gabor Palotai.

TipoGráfica, Buenos Aires, June/July 2/2, 005. Pages 16–23.

Eva Atle Bjarnestam De formade 1900–talet, 2005. Page 173 ISBN 91-27-10778-7.

Octogon. Architecture & Design, Budapest, 2005/2

Étapes: design et culture visuelle, Paris 07/2004, parade en noir et blanc. Page 53.

Print. May/June 2007. Page 143.

BLUEPRINT, June 2005. Page 82-84.

Kobra / SVT, Interview with Gábor Palotai in His Studio by Malik Bendjelloul, 2004.

Poster Design. Big Size Visuals, selected by Marc Gimenez, Instituto Monsa de Ediciones, Barcelona 2011. Pages 64–71 ISBN 978-8415223030.

Los Logos, ed. Robert Klanten and Nicolas Bourquin, Die Gestalten Verlag, 2004. Pages 58, 91, 133, 134 ISBN 978-3-89955-055-9.

It's A Matter of Packaging edited by Victionary 2005 (participating).

Romantik, Die Gestalten Verlag, 2003 (participating).

Bo Bergström, Effektiv visuell kommunikation, Carlssons Bokförlag 2012. Pages 133, 270, 274
ISBN 978-91-7331-507-4.

Pictogram and Icon Graphics, ed. Ami Miyazaki, PIE Book, Tokyo, 2002 (participating) ISBN 4-89444-214-0.

2013 International Poster Exhibition, Korea, 2014. Page 183.

Nordic Graphic Designers. Arvinius Förlag, 2011. Pages 128–135 ISBN 978-9185689224.

Peternák Miklós, Gabor Palotai, Maximizing the Audience

Gabor Palotai Design, Red Dot.

International Yearbook Communikation Design. 2013/2014 Red Dot Edition. Pages 150,151.

International Yearbook Communikation Design. 2012/2013 Red Dot Edition. Pages 207, 363.

International Yearbook Communikation Design. 2010/2011 Red Dot Edition. Pages 150, 153, 204, 367, 453 ISBN 978-3-89939-117-6.

International Yearbook Communikation Design. 2007/2008 Red Dot Edition. Pages 340, 351.

International Yearbook Communikation Design. 2005/2006 Red Dot Edition. Page 257.

International Yearbook Communikation Design. 2003/2004 Red Dot Edition. Pages 158, 216,
217 ISBN 3-929638-81-9.

Design Award of the Federal Republic of Germany 2009. German Design Council. Pages 481, 485 ISBN 978-3-89939-117-6.

Design Award of the Federal Republic of Germany 2007. German Design Council. Page 361.
Lotta Lewenhaupt, "Text eller snarare Betraktelse, Gabor Palotai's utställning, Unreadable Patterns".

Gábor Palotai, 111 Posters (2007) ISBN 978-91-976557-0-5.

Margareta Artsman, "Grafisk bortom alla ord", SvD 7/12 2007.

Maria Papaefstathiu,"Gabor Palotai Design", Graphic Art News 9/5 2009.

Lászlo Beke, "A Progresszív magyar fotó", Imago Winter No. 3.1996/97.

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