Bak, Imre

1953–1957 High School of Fine and Applied Arts, Budapest.

1958–1963 Studies at the Painting Department of the HungarianAcademy of Fine Arts, Budapest.

1962 Study tours: Moscow, Leningrad, views the modern art collections of the Pushkin Museum andthe Hermitage. Visits Poland and Czechoslovakia.

1964 First trip to Western Europe: Germany, France, England, Italy. Views the exhibition,“Painting and Sculpture of a Decade: 54-64”, at the Tate Gallery in London, as well astheVenice Biennial.

1965 Second trip to Germany: meets with the works of Stella, Kelly, Pfahler, Lenk and Uecker at the Müller Gallery in Stuttgart. Makes the acquaintance of art historian Dieter Honisch.

Four-week stay in Paris, experiments with colour-field painting.

1966–1967 First hard edge paintings.

1968 Views the Documenta in Kassel.

1969 Receives Special Jury Prize at the Ljubljana International Graphics Biennial.

1970–1979Produces conceptual artworks (photo, text, mail art). In the meantime, does not paint for nearly four years.

1970 Receives an invitation to the Károlyi Foundation’s artist colony in Vence.

1971 Scholarship and exhibition at the Folkwang Museum in Essen (with György Jovanovics).

1973 Invitation to the International Painters’ Weeks in Eisenstadt.

1974 Return to painting. Scholarship to the International Painters’ Weeks in Graz. Employed at the Institute of Adult Education. He is responsible for alternative artistic education andtheorganisation of galleries in cultural institutions.

1979–1986Employed at the journal, Film-Theatre-Music.

1982 First postmodern pictures.

1987–1992Teacher at the Academy of Applied Arts (named university lecturer in 1990).

1988 Awarded the Munkácsy Prize.

1989 Invitation to Japan, to the “Bilder für den Himmel” international art programme.

1991 István Hajdu’s volume, Budapest Ateliers is published by Navarra.

1993 First trip to New York. Makes large-format pictures from multiple parts.

1996 Returns to New York. Receives the Distinguished Artist Award. Guest professor at the Berlin Summer Academy.

1998 Receives the Herder Prize in Vienna. Becomes a member of the Széchenyi Academy of Arts in Budapest.

2000 Dieter Honisch’s Auf der Suche nach dem aktuellen Bild (on Imre Bak) is published: Künstler,Kritisches Lexikon, 49th ed., Vol. 2, 2000.

2002 Receives the Kossuth Prize.

2003 István Hajdu’s monograph is published by Gondolat in three languages.

2007 Works acquired by the DaimlerChrysler Collection, and included in the publication documenting their purchases of the past 10 years.

Lives and works in Budapest.


Aachen (D), Museum Ludwig

Berlin (D), Neue Nationalgalerie

Bratislava (SK), Národni Galerie

Budapest, Kiscelli Múzeum

Budapest, Ludwig Múzeum

Budapest, Magyar Nemzeti Galéria

Chelm (PL), Muzeum Okregowe

Debrecen (H), Déri Múzeum

Debrecen (H), MODEM Antal – Lusztig Gyűjtemény

Detmold (D), Art Kite Museum

Dunajská Streda (SK), Galerie sucasnych madarskych umelcov

Essen (D), Museum Folkwang

Graz (A), Neue Galerie am Landesmuseum Joanneum

Győr (H), Városi Művészeti Múzeum

Leverkusen (D), Museum Morsbroich

Linz (A), Lentos Kunstmuseum

Lyon (F), Musée St. Pierre Art Contemporain

Makó (H), József Attila Múzeum

Miskolc (H), Herman Ottó Múzeum

Montbéliard (F), Musée de Chateau

Oldenburg (D), Landesmuseum

Paks (H), Paksi Képtár

Paris (F), Fonds National d’Art Contemporain

Perm (RU), Staatlichen Kunstgalerie Perm – Stiftung Perm

Pécs (H), Janus Pannonius Múzeum

Sárospatak (H), Sárospataki Képtár

Stuttgart (D), Sammlung DaimlerChrysler

Szczecin (PL), Muzeum Narodowe

Szeged (H), Móra Ferenc Múzeum

Székesfehérvár (H), Szent István Király Múzeum

Szombathely (H), Szombathelyi Képtár

Veszprém (H), Modern Képtár, Vass László Gyűjtemény

Wien (A), MUMOK

Wien (A), Sammlung Albertina

Würzburg (D), Galerie IHK