…a mechanical genius, Lois was born in 1950 and brought up in Tatabanya, Hungary, one of the industrial strongholds of Hungarian socialism, amongst waste machines and wreckage. Under this new industrial civilization, Lois strives to develop a new folklore that nestles upon post-modern individualism and internationalism. Lois’ oeuvre is machine. He endows cold machines with passionate artistic life and reincarnate them into sculptural musical instruments. His creations reflect the fast-paced obsolescence of the Industrial Revolution and, at the same time, carry a new life that “Sounds” out the future. Their outcome is complex, 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…

—Konkoly Gyula (1992)

viktor-lois-bio-imageIn 1978 in Tatabanya, Lois opened a private gallery to the public named “Beteg Szamar Galeria” in which he installed his art work continuously. This is the first private gallery in Hungary under the Communist era. This Gallery sets an example for the avant-garde movement in Hungary, which greatly impacted the art circles and puts him in the critical position among the Intellects.

In 1996 Viktor Lois was given a Museum building (in the compound of the well-known Tatabanya Mine Museum) in Tatabanya City, Hungary, which exclusively displays more than 70 pieces of his sculptures. It is the only museum dedicated to one artist for long term solo exhibition that is supported by public fund and administered by government staff in Hungary. Every summer, since 1997, in the vicinity of Lois Museum building, Viktor Lois directs an International Summer Art Camp which invites artists from various disciplines (sculpture, music, photographer, installation, multi-media…etc.) and countries (Hungary, Germany, Taiwan, US, England, Serbia & Montenegro, Slovak Republic, Croatia…etc.) to create work and hold exhibition. Currently (after 10 years of operation), the Art Camp has a large collection of permanent, out-door sculptures.

Lois’ work best represents the artistic fruit produced under the socio-political background of the past two decades in Eastern Europe. This is truly a body of Multi-disciplinary art work in which the composition of sound/music is embedded in the sculpture form and vise versa, the form makes the sound/music tangible.
Lois’ work is exhibited and performed frequently in major museums and galleries throughout Europe (such as Austria, Germany, USSR, France, Netherland, Serbia), US and Asia; 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. Every year his band TundraVoice which plays solely on his sculptural musical instruments is one of the most unique features of the Budapest Music Festival. In 1993 he represented Hungary participated in the 45th Venice Biennale. Since 2003 he has been primarily residing in the Boston area.

PUBLICITY

  • Tatabanya Museum Catalog
  • Hungarian-Taiwanese Artists Exchange poster
  • Container Man Project DVD (32-min edited documentation of 2005 Central & Eastern European Tour)
  • Container Man Project poster (for 2005 Central & Eastern European Tour)
  • PLAYBOY (1992 Oct)
  • REFORM (Hungarian Independent Politics weekly magazine) 1996 Oct
  • SCULPTURE (US art magazine) 1997 March

“…a permanent exhibition of sculptor Viktor Lois’s collected works opened in the autumn of 1996…Lois’ Museum plans to begin offering festivals, concerts and exhibitions of other contemporary artists.” (quote)

  • UJ MUVESZET (Art Today, Hungarian Art biggest monthly art magazine) 2003 April
  • REISE (a German travel magazine) 1996 Feb.

“…1993 Viktor Lois represented Hungary in the Venice Biannual (the most important International art show today in the world). One of the art work he created for this exhibition named Wringing Harp made with piano frame and two washing machine drums. This sculpture is installed in a chamber with water from the channel, the water sounds out the instrument itself. This is a piece of art work best reflects the Venice world…” (translated by Bogdandi Szutan)

  • UJ FORRAS (a Hungarian Arts –fine art, literature, critics’ Magazine) 1996 Sept.

“ Lois’ sculptures, in short, is a prototype to freedom which encourages viewer to think without prejudice and preconception. Moreover, with hand turning, touching, twisting, one can starts speaking with sound; from his instrument one opens colorful music from minimum repetitive sound to melody. These sculptures widen the way for the rigid European music making tradition. It is not accidental that these instruments are big hits in success in domestic and foreign exhibitions (for example, in Holland Eindhoven, French Strasbourg and in 1993 Venice Biannual representation).” (critic by Gabor Pataki, a important scholar/critics in the Art Historian Research Center in Hungary)

  • COLLECTORS and COLLECTIONS (a bi-lingual Hungarian & German quarterly magazine) 1998 Winter issue.

(page 4) “…In 1993 in Venice Biannual Hungarian Exhibition Building, the head Curator of the Venice Biannual hold a special meeting with Viktor Lois and Achille Bonito Oliva to discuss about art in general…” (translated by Eva Nadori)

  • ROCKINFORM (Hungarian Rock monthly music magazine) 1997 April
  • DIE PRESSE (Austrian major Daily Newspaper) 1989 April 10
  • KOMAROM-ESZTERGOM MEGYEI HIRLAP (Hungarian Daily newspaper, 1996 Aug 28)

“… In Hungary this is the ONLY unique sculpture instrument collection…”(translated by Eve Nadori)

  • MAGYAR HIRLAP (Hungarian 3rd major Daily newspaper) 2005 Aug 12
  • INVITATION CARD (for 45th Venice Biannual in Italy)
  • MAGYAR NARANCS (Hungarian Weekly newspaper, Report on the 45th Venice Biannual) 1993 June 17

“…Viktor Lois’ 40 sculpture instruments bring his Szentendre feeling demonstrated the utmost originality in art. He is the most outstanding artist among his international peers in this exhibition…” (translated by Eva Nadori)

Hungarian original text:

“…A pince foldpadlos, szoritott tereben a muvek eredeti kozeget, szentendrei kiallitasokat idezett Lois Viktor szobrainak tarlatan. A negyven-egynehany hangszerszobor magatol ertetodo eredetisege kiemelkedett a nemzetkoze mezonybol.”

  • ELET ES IRODALOM (Hungarian Weekly Arts newspaper, Critic section)

1995 Jan.13

“In Kiscelli Museum an excellent exhibition put up by Viktor Lois, like his 1993 Venice Biannual show, his instrument sculpture collection once again marks the most successful acknowledgement in the audio-visual concert/performance in all Hungarian and European major cities…. The official expert juror commented that his cloud-wash machine is his new excellent masterpiece in his art creation. ” (translated by Eva Nadori)

  • DERNIERES NOUBELLES D’ALSACE (French Daily Newspaper published in Strasbourg) 1990 Nov 15

“…Viktor Lois … art work compares to Tinguely (the famous mobile sculptor in the world today)…”(translated by Eva Nadori)

  • NRC HANDELSBLAD (Dutch biggest Daily Newspaper published in Rotterdam, Netherland)1990 Oct 19
  • UJ MUVESZET (Art Today, Hungarian Art biggest monthly art magazine) 1989 March

“…Calder and Tinguely use moving form like painter with color create most aesthetic art work while Viktor Lois’ create art work with his unique thinking…”(translated by Eve Nadori)

  • FRANKFURTER ALLGEMAINE ZEITUNG (German biggest Daily Newspaper published in Frankfurt) 1989 Nov 1

“…grandeur feeling of Wagner’s opera Rheingold was heard through Viktor Lois’ music instrument…” (translated by Bogdandi Szutan)

  • DIE PRESSE (Austrian major Daily Newspaper) 1990 Aug 7

“…Viktor Lois has presented a bizarre but marvelously beautiful concert…”(translated by Bogdandi Szutan)

  • SME/SMENA (major Newspaper in Slovak Republic) 1995 Oct 13

“…(Viktor Lois) brings the dead things to live…” (translated by Aron Arnold)

  • 24 Ora (major Tatabanya Newspaper) 2004 Aug 3
  • Five major Newspapers in Taiwan

*Viktor Lois’ TUNDRAVOICE performance has received 2006 best performance (multi-disciplinary) for the Tai-Hsin Award (currently the biggest award in Taiwan).

  • Catalog (published by Szekesfehervar Museum 1989): NAGYFESZULTSEGU UZENET (Critics article in catalog by Art Historian/ Museum Director Katalin Keseru on Viktor Lois’ exhibition in Csok Istvan Keptar, Szekesfehervar Museum)

” …where our thinker find the fundamentals of the future: in mutation, in narrative culture, that is in the individual who stands beyond structures. Thus we may offer surprising proposals; proposals which may revive modernism’s claim for completeness, but which give power to it through a radical contradiction, through anarchist-dadaist, sub cultural anti-design, which is at the same time a statement as well – and this is characteristic of Viktor Lois’s works.” (translated by Eva Nadori)

  • Catalog (published by Kiscelli Museum 1992) VIKTOR LOIS
  • Art Critic Book: TULAJDONSAGOK NELKULI MUVESZET by Bardosi Jozsef
  • Art Critic Book: A HAZUGSAG ES A HIANY EMLEKMUVEI by Wehner Tibor
  • Catalog (published by Venice Biannual International Committee) VIKTOR LOIS
  • Critique by Art Historian Jozsef Bardosi

Major Solo Exhibitions Since 1978

1978

  • Tatabanya Library (10 wood sculptures), Hungary

1979

  • Budapest Young Artist Club (wood sculptures and public performance), Hungary

1983

  • Budapest Ferencvarosi Pince Galeria, Hungary

1985

  • Vac Gorog Templom, Vac, Hungary

1986

  • Budapest Obudai Pince Galeria, Hungary

1987

  • Szentendre Muvesz Telepi Galeria, Szentendre, Hungary

1988

  • Manyez, Moscow, USSR (4 instrument sculptures)

1989

  • Secession, Viena, Austria
  • Csok Istvan Keptar, Szekesfehervar, Hungary
  • Hugarian Culture Institute Berlin, East Germany
  • Melkweg, Amsterdam, Netherland
  • K19 Gallery, Hertogenbosch, Netherland
  • Alte Feuerwasche, Mannheim, West Germany

1990

  • Stadtkino, Salzburg, Austria
  • Gorog Templom, Vac, Hungary (Giant I)
  • De Fabriek, Eindhoven, Netherland (Giant II)

1991

  • Galerie VVK, Hannover, Germany
  • Paraplifabrieken, Nijmegen, Netherland
  • 2B, Eindhoven, Netherlan
  • OCEAN, Arnhem, Netherland
  • Nova Zembla, Hertogenbosch, Netherlan
  • Simeva Signe, Maastricht, Netherland

1992

  • Kiscelli Museum, Budapest, Hungary (72 instrument sculptures)

1993

  • Venice Biennale, Hungarian Pavilon, Vanice, Italy (Sound Trip)

1995

  • Offenes Kulturhaus, Linz, Austria (Giant III)
  • Salamon Tower, Visegrad, Hungary (Aftermath I)

1996

  • Barcsay School Gallery, Szentendre, Hungary (Aftermath II)
  • Mining Museum, Tatabánya,Hungary (70 instrument sculptures)

1997

  • Art Colony Gallery, Szentendre, Hungary (48 instruments)

1999

  • Allgemaine Konzumferein,Braunschweig,Germany (10 instrument sculptures)

2000

  • Theater de Vorst, Tilburg, Netherland (15 instrument sculptures)
  • Brookline, New Hampshire, USA (Twoheartsrezonator-Giant IV)

2001

  • K.A.S.Gallery,Budapest, Hungary (3 Body-Builder sculptures)
  • Modern Art Museum, Szkopje, Mecedonia (10 instrument sculptures)
  • SKC, Belgrád, Serbia (20 instrument sculptures)
  • ACAVA, Paris, France (5 instrument scultpures)

2002

  • ArtMill, Szentendre, Hungary (Great Hungarian Body-building & Mind-ruining Saloon – 10 large-scale sculptures)
  • Dorottya Gallery, Budapest, Hungary (Music Altar)
  • Taipei, Taichung, Tainan, Kaohisung, Pintong, Chiayi (7 cities), Taiwan (Container Man)

2003

  • A38 Art Ship, Budapest, Hungary (Giant V)
  • SKC, Belgrad, Serbia (Music Altar)
  • Concordia, Vrsac, Serbia (tour concerts
  • Chen Kong University Art Center, Tainan, Taiwan (Giant VI)
  • Mariposa Museum, Peterborough, New Hampshire, USA (exhibition and concert
  • Tremont /Gallery Theater, Boston, USA (exhibition and concerts

2004

  • Public Art: Five large-scale Cable Roller Sculpture, Taiwan
  • Mariposa Museum, Peterborough, New Hampshire, USA

2005

  • Tour Exhibition of four countries Croatia-Serbia-Hungary-Poland (Container Man)
  • Tremont Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts, USA (exhibition and concerts)
  • Tundravoice Asia: Tainan Culture Center, Taiwan (concert)
  • Tundravoice America: Haynes Convention Center, Boston 1st Night, Boston, USA