Viktor Lois' Biography

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Viktor Lois was born in 1950 and brought up in Tatabanya, one of the industrial strongholds of Hungarian socialism, amongst waste machines and wreckage. Lois is a child of the industrial civilization. If a new folklore can still develop, it will be individualism and internationalism; and if it is developing right now then Lois' oeuvre is part of it. Lois' oeuvre is machine. His machine creations reflect the fast-paced obsolescence of the Industrial Revolution. His creations reincarnate the old machines and prototypes that are discarded in usable condition. Lois' machine creations are complex. And their complexity is enigmatic and irrationally romantic. The instruments have three aspects: first they are like motionless sculptures, then they start moving (sometimes giving off light), then they become mobile and finally they make sounds.

Lois' work is exhibited and performed frequently in major museums and galleries throughout Europe (such as Austria, Germany, USSR, France, Netherland, Serbia)); his work is in the permanent collection of the Contemporary Art Museum in Budapest; and a Building in the compound of the Mine Museum in Tatabanya is dedicated solely to him, which collects more than 70 pieces of Lois' work. In 1993 he represented Hungary participate in the 45th Venice Biennale.

Major Solo Exhibitions
1977. BBS Gallery, Tatabanya, Hungary (10 wood sculptures)
1979. FMK Gallery, Budapest, Hungary (3 wood sculptures)
1983. Ferencvarosi Pince Gallery, Budapest, Hungary (6 wood sculptures)
1985. Gorog Templom Gallery, Vac, Hungary (6 metal sculptures)
1986. Zichy Pince Gallery, Budapest , Hungary (3 bike sculptures)
1987. Muvesztelepi Gallery, Szentendre, Hungary (4 instrument sculptures)
1988. Manyez, Moscow, USSR (4 instrument sculptures)
1989. Secession, Viena, Austria
1989. Csok Istvan Keptar, Szekesfehervar, Hungary
1989. Hugarian Culture Institute Berlin, East Germany
1989. Melkweg, Amsterdam, Netherland
1989. K19 Gallery, Hertogenbosch, Netherland
1989. Alte Feuerwasche, Mannheim, West Germany
1990. Stadtkino, Salzburg, Austria
1990. Gorog Templom, Vac, Hungary (Giant I)
1990. De Fabriek, Eindhoven, Netherland (Giant II)
1991. Galerie VVK, Hannover, Germany
1991. Paraplifabrieken, Nijmegen, Netherland
1991. 2B, Eindhoven, Netherland
1991. OCEAN, Arnhem, Netherland
1991. Nova Zembla, s'Hertogenbosch, Netherland
1991. Simeva Signe, Maastricht, Netherland
1992. Kiscelli Museum, Budapest, Hungary (72 instrument sculptures)
1993. Venice Biennale, Hungarian Pavilon, Venice, Italy (Sound Trip--40 instrument sculptures)
1995. Offenes Kulturhaus, Linz, Austria (Giant III)
1995. Salamon Tower, Visegrad, Hungary (Aftermath I)
1996. Barcsay School Gallery, Szentendre, Hungary (Aftermath II)
1996. Open-Air Mining Museum, Tatabánya, Hungary (70 instrument sculptures)
1997. Art Colony Gallery, Szentendre, Hungary (48 instruments sculptures)
1999. Allgemaine Konzumferein,Braunschweig,Germany (10 instrument sculptures)
2000. Theater de Vorst, Tilburg, Netherland (15 instrument sculptures)
2000. Brookline, New Hampshire, USA (Twoheartsrezonator - Giant IV)
2001. K.A.S.Gallery,Budapest, Hungary (3 Body-Builder sculptures)
2001. Modern Art Museum, Szkopje, Mecedonia (10 instrument sculptures)
2001. SKC, Belgrád, Serbia (20 instrument sculptures)
2001. ACAVA, Paris, France (5 instrument sculptures)
2002. ArtMill, Szentendre, Hungary (Great Hungarian Body-building & Mind-ruining Saloon - 10 large-scale sculptures)
2002. Dorottya Gallery, Budapest, Hungary (Music Altar)
2002. Taiwan Tour: Taipei, Taichung, Tainan, Kaohisung, Pintong, Chiayi (The Container Man)
2003. A38 Art Ship, Budapest, Hungary (Giant V)
2003. SKC, Belgrad, Serbia (Music Altar)
2003. Concordia, Vrsac, Serbia
2003. Chen Kong University Art Center, Tainan, Taiwan (Giant VI)
2003. US Tour: Boston--Zeigeist Gallery, Tremont Theater, Mobius
   Worcester-- College of the Holy Cross
   Peterborough (NH) -- Mariposa Museum

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