The selected works for the biennial / 2020

During the application period of ten weeks around 2100 creations were submitted from 868 artists of 65 countries. The jury selected 301 art works into the core material of the biennial, which we publish here in the following list.

IMPORTANT! Considering the globally spread COVID 19 – corona virus epidemy we had to modifiy the organisation of the 2020 biennial.

Please DO NOT SEND IN the selected art works! In the following we will inform you via email about the novelties.

Thank you for your understanding!

Nr. Name  Title of the artwork Country
1 Adaír García 19.468878,-99.004298 Mexico
2   19.458394,-99.034909  
3 Adam Czeh Heroon Grove Poland
4 Adorjáni Márta EGY ÉV ÚJRASZERKESZTVE Romania
5   EGY ÉV ÚJRASZERKESZTVE  
6 Adrian Schichta “Mach dir keine Sorgen, es geht uns gut” V Poland
7 Agata Gertchen Motherhood_16 Poland
8 Agnieszka Lech-Bińczycka Lost and found Poland
9 Albert Levente Tökéletlen lények3. Romania
10 Alberto Balletti Hiccup Italy
11 Aleksandra Supinska Powisle Spain
12 Aleksandra Prusinowska Dreamer 1 Poland
13 Aleksandra Łysiak tetelestai Poland
14 Alexander Lazarkov Purification 3 Bulgaria
15 Amadeusz Popek Blizzard I Poland
16 Amira Tame Mapa a la quietud/ Map to quietness Mexico
17 Amiya Ranjan Ojha Day dream India
18 Amnat Kongwaree The State of Mind Thailand
19 Ana Vivoda Traces 3 Croatia
20 Ana Maria Delalle No name – mixed-technique-50-x70-cm-2019 Croatia
21 Anabela Sladek Frozen Fields of the Future #1-FB Slovakia
22 Andreas Panayi In a gentle way, you can shake the world! Cyprus
23 Andreea Hoha Tehnicalități Romania
24 Andrzej Wochnik colour space I Poland
25 Angyal Olívia Vágy Romania
26 Anna Trojanowska EVALUATION’S EVENT_05 (ZDARZENIE EWALUACYJNE_05) Poland
27   EVALUATION’S EVENT_07 (ZDARZENIE EWALUACYJNE_07)  
28 Antal István Nine men’s morris Austria
29 Aphisit Sangthong What happened with the world? II Thailand
30 Arnon Sungvondee Stupa Thailand
31 Artur Masternak Difference and repetition Poland
32 Bălan Maria The Mimetic Tree Romania
33 Barti Magdolna Történetek VI. Hungary
34 Benjamin Vasserman Adaptation III Estonia
35 Bhagaban Sahu Personal justification India
36 Bodor Anikó Maros(p)-art 1 Hungary
37 Boros Mátyás Tájkép 2. Hungary
38 Budai Lotte Versillusztráció Hungary
39 Carlos Ivan Torres Ornelas El Iluminado Mexico
40 Cecilia Hurtado Disarming Dictatorships II Mexico
41   Disarming Dictatorships III  
42 Chakrit Lapaudomloet Zero Gravity Thailand
43 Chanchai Laorattanaruengchai Space of Imagine from Memories No.2 Thailand
44 Chawit Srisawad when  I  was  young  No.1 Thailand
45 Cleo Wilkinson Vestiges Australia
46 Colin Gillespie ‘Confusion’ United Kingdom
47 Csízy László Zoltán Térlátás Hungary
48 Csontó Lajos Három pápa, 1 (sorozat, nem bontható) Hungary
49   Három pápa, 2 (sorozat, nem bontható)  
50   Három pápa, 3 (sorozat, nem bontható)  
51 Cui Xiaohua Hi Beauty I! China
52 Damian Idzikowski District 01 Poland
53 Daniela Roman déja prete elle se cache le coeur battant France
54 Danilo Roberto Perillo a paleta presente (the present palette) Brasil
55 Daradics Árpád Szarvaslesen + Art, vagy lövök sorozatból. Hungary
56 Darya Hancharova Selves 1 Poland
57 David Israel Cuevas Castro Episodio 3 de una construcción interior-imagen-2 Mexico
58 Deák Barna Danger Romania
59 Deborah Chapman Rendez-vouz dans la nuit Canada
60 Dimény András Oldódó geometria / Dissolving geometry – 2 Romania
61 Dinara Hörtnagl «Free Bullterrier» Austria
62 Đorđe Ćorić The Trace of Life 3 (57) Serbia
63 Dorota Ziolkowska Unmoved Mover_serie III_v02 Mexico
64 Dorota Bujak cycle “Mythology of the People of Siberia 02” Poland
65 Dr. Nityananda Gaine Existence-2 Bangladesh
66 Drăgan-Chirilă Diána Főtér Romania
67 Ekaterina Kovzus The conflict Belarus
68 Elian Stolarsky women from Civil War Spain
69   Trains (dyptich part 1)  
70   Trains (dyptich part 1)  
71 Elif Anbarpinar Garden Turkey
72 Elsa Ohana Jeter un oeil #1 France
73 Ewelina Kolakowska 130218 Poland
74 Fazakas Barna Dreamscape Romania
75 Felsmann Tamás H.S.T. Hora Sine Tempore No.1 /Idő nélküli esemény Hungary
76 Francesca Marcolin Walking the Great Garbage Patch Italy
77 Frédéric Wieme crying shame Belgium
78 Frimmel Gyula Isten áldja Albín Brunovsky! Hungary
79 Fukui Yusuke Idő-szakadás Hungary
80 Fulop Eduard A magical place where 99% of memories happen. 2 Romania
81 Fülöp Mária Szubliminális üzenet 2 / Subliminal message 1 Romania
82 Gábor Éva Mária Entrópia a pokolban 1. Hungary
83 Gabriela Ochalik Scars I Poland
84 Gagyi Judit Eszter Siet a késés 3 Romania
85 Gema Climent Camacho bamboo forest with red fence Spain
86 Georg Bothe Carbona not Glue XXXIX (e.a. II/VI) Germany
87 Kárpáti Gergely  Cím nélkül IX. Hungary
88 Giacomo Miracola soldier of hope 2 Italy
89 Guanchu Zhu Chinese Sign Language Symbol Conversion-cloud ? China
90 Gustavo Garcia Murrieta “Barullo” (jungle hubbub) diptych 2:2 Mexico
91 Hamidreza Norouzi dark window Iran
92   windows  
93 Hamidteza Bashiri Untitle Iran
94   Untitle  
95 Haruhiko Yoshinaga Arches / T.O.20-03 Japan
96 Havadi Nagy Dávid István Kelet Európa Romania
97 Henryk Krolikowski Miss Alice Poland
98 Herendi Péter Föld-rajz No.2 Hungary
99 Herma Deenen No Title Nederland
100 Horváth Kinga Összekötő XII. Hungary
101 Hyejeong Kwon Never ending story Korea
102 Horvath Bugnariu Ioan Tati, unde fuge pădurea? Romania
103 Ioannis Anastasiou XXIc Trichotomy IV Greece
104 Irena Lawruszko Korozia and Patina I Poland
105 Irina Gonzales Clavado III Peru
106 Ivácson Bella-Rebekka ALTERATION no5 Hungary
107 Izabela Stenka Roman Two Poland
108 Jacek Joostberens MCO_cha_4D013 Poland
109 Jacek Machowski Zen garden 1 Poland
110 Jaco Putker The Boy in the Rocket b Nederland
111 Jadsada Potisit COWCOW Thailand
112 Jaeger Tibor Kép-zet 4 Sweden
113 Jaka Bonča G6-1 Slovenia
114 Jason Reittom Deus Ex Machina Act 2 France
115 Jayne Reid Jackson #Red-Eye USA
116 Joanna Paljocha “Widowisko” (Spectacle) Poland
117 Jónás Péter Műtermi (Füredi út) Hungary
118   Magasság és átmérő (40+)  
119 Jonathan McFadden I keep my hands behind my back when I look at art USA
120 Judyta Bernaś Oneness_11_blue Poland
121 Jukka Vänttinen The Ladder Sweden
122 Julia Miąso Stonehenge Poland
123 Kacper Bozek The Ministry Poland
124 Kamil Zaleski Cwiczenia 36 Poland
125 Kamila Bednarska motion (grey) Poland
126 Kana Veradacha Atmosphere+Stracture Thailand
127 Kántor József Közeledik Hungary
128 Katarzyna Winczek Mappa XV/2 Poland
129 Kemal Yildiz Archival Documents-1 Turkey
130 Kéri László Éhség Hungary
131 Kitipong Ngowsiri A Matter of Waiting Time No. 5 Thailand
132   A Matter of Waiting Time No. 10  
133 Kónya Kincső Énkép III. Hungary
134 Kovács Zsigmond Blueprint Romania
135 Krizbai Gergely NapiSzörny no.225 Hungary
136 Krizsanyik István Composition 2 Hungary
137 Kuljirat Chaiphet On the beach 10 Thailand
138   On the beach 9  
139 KyeongAh Min Pinocchio Rhapsody Korea
140 László Hajnalka SELF-CARE Romania
141 Lehoczki Liza Az otthon varázsa IV. Hungary
142 Leonte Gabirella Rutin Romania
143 Léstyán Csaba Apollo Romania
144 Linda Whitney Traditional Dancer – Grand Entry  (mezzotint) USA
145 LIU Fu Lost Paradise series VI China
146   Lost Paradise series VII  
147 Lobler Ferenc REM I. Hungary
148 Lucaciu Adriana Imperfect Symmetry Romania
149 Łukasz Koniuszy Central Structure Poland
150 Maciej Zdanowicz Aljazeera: Messages from Syria Poland
151 Magda Szplit Corvidae Poland
152 Magdalena Stachowiak Fragile Poland
153 Magdalena Banaś Massif I Poland
154 Magdalena Uchman Empty Poland
155 Maja Dudek Door Poland
156 Malgorzata Chomicz Fossil Poland
157 Manuel Ruelas (Fases) codex USA
158 Marcela Gawęda Defect 2 Poland
159 Marcelina Cytryna inside Poland
160 Marcin Hajewski Induction I Poland
161 Marco Poma Spiraglio Italy
162 Marek Zajko Man bit dog 1 / version 2 Poland
163 Maria Doering Nostalgic, State II Canada
164 Marija Marcelionyte-Paliuke Dusseldorf Art Academy Altars 1 Lithuania
165 Marina Stakhieva “Lying” Russia
166   “Happy new year!”  
167 Marisol Rojas Camp & Queer Graphic Essay 2 Mexico
168 Marius Martinescu Prise de connaissance de termes et condition France
169 Mariusz Dański Danski_From the series I sowed white grain – altar Poland
170 Marta Pogorzelec Void II Poland
171 Masaaki Sugita The Angel with the Key of the Bottomless Japan
172 Mayer Éva Főbűnök I. Hungary
173 Metasit Bunaikbuth Medieval beliefs lll. Thailand
174 Mettrai Pongchomporn Our order NO.3 Thailand
175   Our order NO.5  
176   We’re different NO.02  
177 Michael Wagner Red Aquarius Germany
178 Micko Mice Jankulovski FORMS of VENICE IV-C Macedonia
179   FORMS of VENICE V-C  
180 Mirjana Preradović Ground floor Bosnia and Herzegovina
181 Miroslaw Pawlowski Camouflage – 4blue Poland
182 Monika Pałka Separate Worlds Poland
183 Mr. Jakkrawut Phoinok the community Thailand
184 Nagy Annamária Noktürn I. (Nocturne I.) Romania
185 Nagy Lajos Nem, csak a kép fut megint!_00 Hungary
186 Nagy Zsófia Copy Right Hungary
187 Nanako Yoshikawa The last day Japan
188 Natalia Kwiatkowska The Gathering Poland
189 Natalia Pawlus don’t hesitate to ask Poland
190 Nathan Meltz Watership Down USA
191 Nenad Zeljić Boxes Serbia
192 Nikola Kašterović They don’t want us to know Bosnia and Herzegovina
193 Nikola Radosavljević Promises Serbia
194 Nuttakarn Vajasut Capricious Thailand
195 Nuttawut Kaiwansin Hael no.2 Thailand
196 Olesya Dzhurayeva Spring day in Berlin Ukraine
197   Nordic light. Stockholm  
198 Oliver Pilić Followed by Slovenia
199 Orbán Zsófia Egy héttel később Hungary
200 Orosz Csaba Out of The House 2. Hungary
201   Out of The House 4.  
202 Ország László Homokzsákok02 Hungary
203 Ourania Fragkoulidou Patriotland/Orthodoxy Greece
204 Ovidiu Tarța …la Șuncuiuș Romania
205 Özgür Uguz NEST IV Turkey
206 Pablo Querea Gutierrez ashamed to be Mexico
207 Pakanan Kongchaiyaphum passionate Thailand
208 Paola Villa Around the corner Mexico
209 Paolo Schiavon ‘a-mare’   (‘loving’ and ‘into the sea’) Italy
210 Patipon Supanpong Things and Teaces in Memory 5 Thailand
211 Patryk Gmerek Fleeting Memories I Poland
212 Paulina Bobak Anthropological forms3 Poland
213 Paweł Bińczycki Lighthouse Poland
214 Paweł Delekta Chess II Poland
215 Petca Ovidiu THE LIGHT OF LAMENT III (A SIRALOM FÉNYE III) Romania
216 Peter Kocak Homage to H. Bosch Slovakia
217 Péter Ágnes Ball Hungary
218 Péter Alpár Togetherness Romania
219 Pető Hunor Organikus építészet // Organic architecture Hungary
220 Pimpaporn Changtobtang She’s a sacrifice. Thailand
221 Piotr Żaczek Arche XXXIX Poland
222 Pipit Inyeaw Lucius Thailand
223 Pitawat Sirisombut Melody of nostalgia 7_thesis_๒๐๐๓๑๑_0004 Thailand
224 Pontakorn Nunsai Untitled – IMG_0689 Thailand
225 Pop Adriana Mihaela vertikal Romania
226 Rabinarayan Gupta Temptation of the Devil India
227 Rahul Dhiman UNTITLED-II India
228 Rama Chandra Majhi Village Paradise – 1.-Art-Work-1-final India
229 Rattana Sudjarit The way of Harvester No 2 Thailand
230   The way of Harvester No 2  
231 Renata Maria Gogol Have Fun Poland
232 Ritli Róbert Roland Háború 3 Romania
233 Rizal Pramana Embrace#6 Indonesia
234 Robert Jancovic jr. Lithographic stone, area or space Slovakia
235 Roxana Bloju 6_20_8_11_19_24 (I) Romania
236   6_20_8_11_19_24 (III)  
237 Ryan Farley Running Through the Mind USA
238 Salvatore Lovaglio RIFLESSIONI N. 2 Italy
239 Sanja Žigić 02. From series of artworks Barriers Serbia
240 Sarita Rauta Queen is Queen_New-Doc-2020-03-19-16_00_33_1 India
241 Satayu Nilkosit Find Thailand
242 Sebastian Laszczyk Triplicata II Poland
243 Semih Çinar Factory And Shade XVII Turkey
244 Serena Pagnini Il banchetto II Italy
245 Sinka Péter Fosszília I. Hungary
246 Sjoerd Tegelaers Cold war Nederland
247 Sławomir Plewko Immersion of Space (Rudimentary Comment A) Poland
248 Sorrathun Ouikhum Force Within no.2 Thailand
249 Sóváradi Valéria FÉNYINFO Hungary
250 Stanislaw Cholewa machine 31 Poland
251 Stark István Érfestés II.51 Hungary
252 Stas Shakarvis I’m not here! Russia
253 Stefania Anastasia Patrikiou Untitled Greece
254 Subhas Chandra Nath Gravestone ll India
255 Supattanawadee Muanta Gender Bending NO.2 Thailand
256   Gender Bending NO.6  
257 Supicha Sutanthavibul Insane Instinct 6 Thailand
258   Insane Instinct 8  
259 Suzana Fântânariu Manuscris III Romania
260 Szabó Andrea About me I. Hungary
261 Szabó Kristóf – KristofLab Wrong Data N03 Hungary
262 Szabó Ábel Valahol Közép Európában Hungary
263 Szabó Anna Ítéletlogika II. Hungary
264 Szén András Bunyó/Fight/Bătaie Romania
265 Szepessy Béla Till1 Hungary
266 Szilágyi Rudolf Classical rehabilitation I. Hungary
267   Classical rehabilitation II.  
268 Szőke Erika Üstökössé válás III., Kirlian-fotó/elektrográfia Slovakia
269 Teerawoot COM-ON Love Forever No.2 Thailand
270 Thanaporn Anyamaneecharoen My Monalisa Thailand
271 the OGROCADAVER The Cheater Poland
272 Thiyawadee Jantawong Tie Life No.4 Thailand
273 Tina Wohlfarth OPHELIA I/7 Germany
274 Tolnay Imre Melancholy 5 – The apse Hungary
275 Tomasz Winiarski Perpetuum mobile: CII Poland
276   Perpetuum mobile: CIV  
277 Tomasz Chudzik Subiective spaces XIII Poland
278 Toró József Üzenet I Hungary
279 Török Tihamér Crossword Romania
280   Connection  
281 Trentin Marco turnover of stage war Italy
282 Tukuna Dakua Black beauty India
283 Urbán Tamara Eszter „A Nagyapám” Hungary
284 Ushnish Mukhopadhyay Autopsy Study 4 (Self) India
285 Végvári Beatrix Mielőtt elévül Hungary
286 Vinicius Libardoni Derelict Poland
287 Wanchai Narongchai Identity No.1 Thailand
288 Warranutchai Kajaree remain the painfuling 2 Thailand
289   remain the painfuling 4  
290 Watanai Magate Fiend. Thailand
291 Wei Yuhang Season of mediocrity  III China
292 Wieslaw Haladaj Checkmate! Poland
293 Windi Delta Dharma Indonesia
294 Wojciech Tylbor-Kubrakiewicz Safe Passage Poland
295 Xie Chong Strive China
296 Yutt Puektasajatam Overlapping 8 Thailand
297 Z. Erdei Anna Flashmob Hungary
298 Zeman-Juhász Éva Kapcsolat I. Hungary
299 Zenon Burdy Lake20a Canada
300 Zoran Mishe Totem -unbreakable spirit  II Bulgaria
301 Zuzanna Marczak “She liked the wafer so much…” Poland

The professional interest towards the Graphic Art Biennial of Szeklerland is unchanged

The professional interest towards the Graphic Art Biennial of Szeklerland is undiminished this year, too. This is also confirmed by the fact, that compared to the 58 countries of last year,  this year graphic artists from 65 countries submitted their works to the contest.  Similar to the previous editions of the Biennial, the Hungarian, Polish and Romanian presence is still the most pronounced, but this year some oriental countries are represented much stronger, too, among them Thailand, India, China or Japan.   During the submission period of ten weeks we received around 2100 art works from 868 artists.

The deadline of  application for the 6th Graphic Art Biennial of Szeklerland was the midnight of March 23,  after that the first stage of jurying took place in the period of March 29-31. The jury of the G6 is made up of internationally recognized art historians like: dr. Alice Andreea Iliescu graphic artist – lecturer at University of Art and Design, Cluj Napoca, Romania, Prof. dr. István Erőss graphic artist – professor at Eszterházy Károly University, Eger, Hungary, Sona Harutyunyan art historian – founding president of KulturDialog Armenien / founder and managing director of International Print Biennale Yerevan, Armenia, dr. Marcin Bialas graphic artist – associate professor at Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice, Poland, Zoltán Vécsi Nagy art historian – director of Transylvanian Art Center, Sfântu Gheorghe, Romania, Ábel Kónya visual artist – director of the Gallery of Miskolc, curator of the Miskolc Graphic Art Triennial, Hungary and Apor Ferencz S. visual artist – curator of the biennial G6, Miercurea Ciuc, Romania.

Taking into account the epidemic situation, the jury members selected online the basic material of the Biennial made up of 300 art works on basis of exclusively professional criteria and on basis of the formal criteria of the call for application.

Soon we’ll publish the list of the selected works on the website of the Biennial.

The G6’s deadline has been extended

The professional artists and the art university students have 3 more days to participate in the 5th Graphic Art Biennial of Szeklerland. The organizers are waiting for the digital reproduction of the artworks by (Monday) March 23, midnight (UTC+2) instead of March 20.

The registration form and further information related to application is available at the following link: https://grafikaiszemle.ro/call-for-application-en/

The exhibition of Marcin Bialas in Budapest

At the 5th Graphic Art Biennial of Szeklerland the Polish artist received the award of the Hungarian University of Fine Arts.

In the year 2016 on the initiative of the Graphics Department of the MKE (Hungarian Universtiy of Fine Arts), with the support of the university leadership and due to the approval of the Senat, we founded an MKE Award at the Graphic Art Biennial of Szeklerland, which assures for the awarded artist the possibility to have an individual exhibition in the Aula of the universtiy. For the first time the exposition of the awarded artist Cristian Opris took place in 2017, this year the awarded exhibition will be organized from the art works of the excellent Polish contemporary artist Marcin Bialas.

Marcin Bialas Polish graphic artist is an internationally well-known and recognized creator. He graduated the Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice with honours and since then he has been teaching at this university. His works are characterized by the thorough knowledge and versatile application of the traditional graphic procedures, especially of the technique of intaglio. In course of creating his carefully elaborated graphic works he broadly makes use of the possibilities offered by the intaglio technique full of shades and strong contrasts. Another characteristic of his works is the extremely complex representation of architectural motifs. The unusually complex constructions created though with high geometrical precision and exactness are transparent and comprehensible due to the special structure analysing technique of the artist. The gloomy phalanstery of the stair constructions, labyrinths and spacial sections, monumentality and a strange world of hidden secrets of the space and distances reveal themselves in his works. (source: MKE)

Opening ceremony: 27. 02. 2020. Thursday, 18:00 o`clock
Location: MKE Aula
The exhibition will be opened by József Szurcsik artist holder of the Munkácsy award, head of department, university lecturer

The exhibition can be visited until 06.03.2020 from Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 18:00h.

The Call for Application of the 6th Graphic Art Biennial of Szeklerland is public

The call of G6 is now accessible both for professionals at home and abroad

 The Graphic Art Biennial of Szeklerland celebrates its 10th anniversary in the year 2020. On the 14th of January the organizers presented within the framework of a press conference the concept of this year’s edition, they spoke about the novelties and about the structure of this biennial.

The biennial to be organized for the 6th time now is an excellent occasion for the organizers as well to   sum up the experiences of the past decade in order to use them successfully by the organisation of the next event of this kind.

The exhibitions presented so far within the framework of this international contest, as well as the professional quality and the quantity of the submitted artworks have confirmed, that the development of graphic techniques respectively the development of different visual representation forms manifesting themselves through these, is continuous.

Zoltán Vécsi Nagy, leader of the Transylvanian Art Centre welcomed the representatives of the press and declared: „The Transylvanian Art Centre is one of the beneficiaries of the biennial, as the winner artworks, which become part of the art collection of this institution, raise the level of the exhibitions selected from this collection, providing an international background. Through this we can not only show our openness towards the world, but we can also demonstrate, that indeed, the regional artworks represented through our institution are competitive in comparison with the contemporary art of the world.”  

Apor Ferencz S., the curator of the biennial presented to the represantatives of the press the concept of this edition and the novelties respectively changes regarding the event.

The 6th Graphic Art Biennial of Szeklerland aims to present those professional tendencies, which are characterized by experimentation, the crossing of boundaries,  the reinterpretation of standards or the breaking down of former hierarchies.  The G6 is looking forward for answers from artists of different nationalities, belonging to various cultures, being eager to find out their attitude towards the issues of their own environment and of the whole world manifested through the language of contemporary graphic art. What kind of answers do they give to questions concerning globalization, politics, economy or other social issues? How do they represent the problems of their immediate environment or their individual life through their art, how do they consider possible to represent through the language of contemporary graphic art tradition and complete revival alike?

„I would like to highlight as a real professional progress the trilateral cooperation agreement, which we concluded with the renowned organisation office of the International Graphic Art Triennial Krakow and with the leaders of Miskolc Galery, organizers of the Miskolc Graphic Art Triennial. In this way we are able to promote each other’s events, to share our experiences, to organize exchange programs between artists and exhibitions, to award prizes at each other’s events. The winner of the Krakow Award given at the Graphic Art Biennial of Szeklerland will have the opportunity to show his/her artworks in an individual exhibition in Krakow.” –  said Apor Ferencz S..

The concerned professionals can sign in until the 20th of March 2020, exclusively on web interface and can apply for the contest on the web page of the biennial through an online form. The selected artworks will make up the material of the catalogue respectively of the exhibition of the biennial. You can find more information about the call for application for the biennial on the web site www.grafikaiszemle.ro.

The opening and the award ceremonies of this year’s biennial will take place on the 9th of October 2020 in the Transylvanian Centre of Art in Sfântu Gheorghe. Before this, the exhibition of the Chinese fine artist Jing Liu, winner of the previous biennial, will be opened. In addition, the programms of the biennial will be enriched this year by further side-events in more towns of Szeklerland.

István Imreh, manager of the Covasna County Cultural Centre presented the organizers and sponsors, then he added: „The event is carried out through the common organisatory work of three counties, after several years of absence county Mures, represented by Mures County Museum, is also more active in the organisation work, as it will host the exhibition of the selected material of the 2020 biennial.”  In addition he emphasized, that one of the objectives of G6 is to  make the artworks more interpretable and available for the general public.

The organisatory work of the event will be carried out with the common participation of the Covasna County Cultural Centre, of Covasna, Harghita and Mures County Councils, of the Cultural and Art Centre of Lăzarea and of Mures County Museum.

Call For Application, 2020

The 6th Graphic Art Biennial of Szeklerland, Sfântu Gheorghe, 2020

The Covasna, Harghita and Mureş County Councils, together with the Cultural Center of Covasna County, the Lăzarea Cultural and Creation Center and the Mureș County Museum, announce the application for the 6th Graphic Art Biennial of Szeklerland.

Introduction

The Graphic Art Biennial of Szeklerland celebrates its 10th anniversary in the year 2020. The exhibitions presented so far within the framework of this international contest, as well as the professional quality and the quantity of the submitted artworks have confirmed, that the development of graphic techniques respectively the development of different visual representation forms manifesting themselves through these, is continuous. The biennial to be organized for the 6th time now is an excellent occasion for the organizers as well to sum up the experiences of the past decade in order to use them successfully by the organisation of the next event of this kind.

The 6th Graphic Art Biennial of Szeklerland aims to present those professional tendencies, which are characterized by experimentation, the crossing of boundaries,  the reinterpretation of standards or the breaking down of former hierarchies.  The G6 is looking forward for answers from artists of different nationalities, belonging to various cultures, being eager to find out their attitude towards the issues of their own environment and of the whole world manifested through the language of contemporary graphic art. What kind of answers do they give to questions concerning globalization, politics, economy or other social issues? How do they represent the problems of their immediate environment or their individual life through their art, how do they consider possible to represent through the language of contemporary graphic art tradition and complete revival alike?

G6 awaits those art works as well, which are not primarily concerned about the definition of the ideal of beauty but they rather look for its problematization. Therefore the organizers propose that the key words of the 6th Graphic Art Biennial of Szeklerland should be enclosed in the title „The Structure of Chaos”. Chaos means in this context the insecurity of predictability and order bears the sense of exact geometric structure or previsibility, respectively there are also implied here the eventual sociological, political, cultural, ecological and economical aspects of these ideas.

In the spirit of the ideas above, the organizers of the biennial expect the submission of printed graphics created with the following procedures:
– graphic artworks created with traditional procedures of graphic art;
– graphic artworks created with digital methods of image creation and printed with digital devices;
– graphic artworks prepared with digital methods of image creation but printed with traditional methods.

Terms and Conditions of Participation in the 6th Graphic Art Biennial of Szeklerland

The terms and conditions of the biennial have partly changed! Please read the terms and conditions of participation attentively!

1. PARTICIPANTS
Professional artists and art university students may participate in the biennial if their application is in conformity with the Terms and Conditions included in the Call for Application.
Associations, professional organizations and other groups cannot apply. The artists can apply to the biennial only personally.

2. CRITERIA OF ARTWORKS TO BE SUBMITTED
– The topic of the artworks can be freely chosen.
– The paper size of the artworks must be minimum 30×30 cm, and maximum 100×100 cm.
– The submitted graphic artwork has been created in the past two years.
– All artworks created with printed graphics procedures are accepted, included in the definition of graphics in terms of high, low and plain print methods (woodcut and linocut, aquaforte, aquatint, mezzotint, lithography, screen printing, individual print, C-print, offset, electrographics, etc.).
– Every artist may participate with maximum 3 artworks. Every submitted artwork counts as 1 artwork. The elements of a series count as separate artworks; thus, a three-element series counts as three artworks.
– Artworks created in pencil, pastel, coal, ink and other individual, that is not multiplication procedures as well as photos printed without any image manipulation or reproductions of artworks (paintings, sculptures, installations, performances, etc.) are not accepted.

3. SUBMISSION
Submission is only possible on the following website, via the online entry form: Entry form 2020

The digital reproductions of the artworks can be uploaded online, via the entry form, together with the required data.
Parameters of digital reproductions:
– the file size of the digital image may not exceed 15 MB;
– the digital images can be uploaded in uncompressed jpg, jpge or png format, 300 dpi resolution;
– the longer size must be minimum 2500 pixels.

If the uploading was successful, the system will send a confirmation message to the e-mail address specified in the filled-in entry form. If you might have problems with online registration, please contact the organizers on the following e-mail: grafikaibiennale@gmail.com

The deadline of submitting the digital reproductions is March 20, 2020, midnight, 12:00 (UTC+2).

Important! With submission the applicants assume that, if their submitted works are selected by the jury, they will send the original artworks by post or will submit them to the biennial in person.  The organizers do not assume the printing of the artworks or the refunding of printing costs!

Important! For the phase of preselection please don’t send the original artworks by post! If this is the case, we are unable to send back the original artworks.

4. ENTRY FEE
There is no entry fee for the 6th Graphic Art Biennial of Szeklerland.

5. SELECTION OF THE ARTWORKS, EVALUATION BY THE JURY
The members of the jury are internationally acknowledged art historians and artists.
The evaluation will take place in two phases: preselection and the selection of the awarded artworks.
The decisions of the jury cannot be overridden.

5/a Preselection
The preselection will take place based on the digital reproductions of the artworks to be submitted.
The jury will select the artworks that qualify for the second phase; these artworks will be included in the catalogue of the biennial.
All participants will be informed on the results of preselection via e-mail.

5/b Sending the artworks qualifying for the second phase by post
The original artworks must be sent by post or submitted to the biennial in person.
Please attach to the submitted artworks the printed entry form received via e-mail during online registration in the first phase. The artworks must be numbered and signed in accordance with the international graphics standards.
Original graphic artworks must be submitted without their frames or mat boards, in portfolios or carton reels.

Postal / shipping address:
Centrul de Cultură al Judeţului Covasna
RO-520008 Sfântu Gheorghe, Str. Libertății nr. 2
Jud. Covasna
România

Please indicate on the postal package:
The 6th Graphic Art Biennial of Szeklerland
For cultural purpose only, no commercial value!

The deadline for sending the original artworks by post (postmark date) or submitting them in person is May 10, 2020.
Artworks sent after the deadline will be automatically excluded
We do not assume any responsibility and cannot compensate for possible damages that might occur during transport.

5/c Prizes
– Main Prize of the Biennial: 2000 Euro
– Nagy Imre Prize: 1000 Euro
– Plugor Sándor Prize: 1000 Euro
– Nagy Pál Prize: 1000 Euro

6. EXHIBITION AND AWARDING
The artworks selected for the second phase will be exhibited in the course of the biennial depending on the exhibition surface and the ranking of the jury.
Venue: Transylvanian Art Center, Sfântu Gheorghe.
Official opening of the biennial: Friday, October 9, 2020, 5 PM
The authors of the artworks will be informed on the decision of the jury and the details of the opening ceremony by post, phone or via e-mail.

7. FURTHER INFORMATION
– The awarded artworks will remain in the property of the Transylvanian Art Center.                              
Each artist may donate his work, extending in this way the graphic collection of the Transylvanian Art Centre. You can express this intention by the completion of the application form.
– After the exhibitions of the Biennial the exhibited artworks will be sent back to their authors by post within one year. The donated works constitute an exception here.
– The selected artworks will be included in the biennial’s catalogue.
– The organizers of the biennial reserve the right to organize the exhibitions.

Submission implies the acceptance of the terms and conditions of participation in the biennial!

Download the call for application: .pdf

Trilateral Cooperation Agreement in Krakow.

We are pleased to announce that on June the 11th the International Print Triennial Society in Krakow, represented by Marta Anna Raczek-Karcz, the Hermann Ottó Museum and Gallery from Miskolc, represented by Kónya Ábel, and the Covasna County Cultural Center, represented by Imreh- Marton István, signed a collaboration agreement in Krakow in
the presence of curators Apor Ferncz S. and István Erőss on supporting each other’s professional initiatives, events and on implementing long-term professional partnership in the domain of graphic art.

The contract includes exchange of professional experience, coordination of the concepts and events of these three big Graphic Art Biennials, common planning and reciprocal exchange of exhibitions. Beside delegating jury members and offering opportunities for the awarded artists to present their artworks, the parties will participate together in tenders of the European Union and will mutually promote each other’s events. The signing of this document once again proves the high level of trust between the three parties.

The 5th Graphic Art Biennial of Szeklerland has been opened

Jing Liu Chinese artist received the Grand Prize of the biennial

On the 13th of October 2018 the exhibition of the 5th Graphic Art Biennial has been opened in the Transylvanian Art Center of Sfântu Gheorghe. The Awards Gala took place at the Tamási Áron Theatre, where the organizers presented the awarded artists and art works of the biennial. The Grand Prize was awarded to the Chinese artist Jing Liu for his series entitled Masters.

At the opening ceremony of the exhibition Zoltán Vécsi Nagy, director of the Transylvanian Art Center welcomed the public, he emphasized, that this event had already crossed the boundaries of Szeklerland:

“The Graphic Art Biennial of Szeklerland has arrived now in truth in Europe. We have grown by now to the level of a real European biennial”.

Then Apor Ferencz S.,  the curator of the biennial evaluated the event, saying, that the 2250 art works of more than 900 artists from 58 countries submitted to the contest show clearly, that the Graphic Art Biennial of Szeklerland has become a professional event appreciated in the whole world, being at the same time one of the most important artistic events of the region.

“One of the most positive aspects of this biennial beside the quality of the works is that the artists responded in great number to the issues raised by the concept of this biennial: they addressed the complex questions regarding the relation between the pixel based image and traditional graphics, at which point and how do the traditional and digital technical solutions meet, what kind of interactions do these overlappings bring about and what kind of actual intellectual contents do they represent”.– pointed out Apor Ferencz S..

Art historian Iréne Kányádi, lecturer of Partium Christian University  held the opening speech: “The great number of the submitted artworks lead more and more to the growing of the professional level, so we can declare now, that the Graphic Art Biennial of Szeklerland is crossing more and more confidently the boundaries of the region to meet the international standards.” – she phrased.

Beside the art works of the inland artists the art works submitted to the biennial came from various countries of the world: Hungary, Poland, Russia, Serbia, China, India, Bangladesh, Nepal respectively Taiwan and Vietnam. The jury selected 294 art works to the exhibition this year. Some of these works can be visited at the Transylvanian Art Center, some others are exhibited in the conference room of the Székely Mikó College.

The Awards Gala and the awarded artists

The Grand Prize of the biennial worth 2000 euro, offered by Perla Harghitei, was awarded to the Chinese artist Jing Liu for his series entitled Masters.

The prize named after Pál Nagy offered by Mureș county was awarded to Jakub Jaszewszki (Poland) for his works Xfirewall and Xerror. Zoltán Novák Csaba, senator of Mureș county transmitted the message of his county: There is no life without culture and no society can function without culture. That is why it is worth to invest in such events, because if we have a rich culture, we will have a future, too.”– he formulated.

The prize named after Imre Nagy offered by Harghita county was awarded to Art Werger (United States) for his work Life Below. The Graphic Art Biennial of Szeklerland is very important for us in many respects, it can contribute to a more emphasized presence of Szeklerland on the cultural map of Europe.”pointed out Csaba Borboly, president of Harghita County Council with the occasion of his speech at this event.

Samira Zamani (Germany) won the prize named after Sándor Plugor offered by Covasna county with her work entitled Back In The Day. Sándor Tamás, president of Covasna County Council mentioned, that the decade-long organizing work around this event seems to come to an accomplishment. The organizers of the event put all their energy into the work, so that the premature and unexpected death of curator Zsolt Siklodi would not interrupt the process: The Graphic Art Biennial of Szeklerland is the result of the common thinking of this region. Right from the start we had had three main objectives: to define ourselves through the language of the art, to show Szeklerland to contemporary artist around the world, as it represents truly a cultural specialty in the Carpathian Basin and last but not least, to present for the home public the main contemporary tendencies of graphic art around the world.” – emphasized the president of the council.

The prizes offered by the three counties of Szeklerland are 1000 euro worth each of them. Csilla Hegedűs, executive vice president of the Democratic Alliance of Hungarians in Romania, responsible for cultural issues was present at the event, too. She said: A community that can put through such an event meeting international standards, is a living community which develops and grows. We do not only show ourselves to the Romanian society, but we also step out into Europe, into the wide world. The Graphic Art Biennial of Szeklerland has a kind of ambassador role concerning culture, community- building and unity.”

The Consulate General of Hungary in Miercurea Ciuc offered the prize of 500 euro to Răzvan Anton (Romania) for his work Fading Study. At the same time the prize offered by the Cultural and Art Center of Lăzarea along with the possibility of the participation in the art camp of Lăzarea went to Liza Lehoczki (Hungary) for her works Everything is more beautiful in pink 1, 2 and 3.

Éva Mayer (Hungary) won the prize of the Pulzus Art Camp for her works Imprints 1 and 2, the 500 euro prize of Zereda Art Camp 500 went to Ágota Krnács (Hungary) for her work Apparition in Cered 3The second alas is gone. The prize of the Institute of Visual Arts of the Eszterházy Károly University of Eger went to Kinga-Noémi Ács (Romania) for her work entitled Hunyadi Square 2.

The jury awarded five Nivo Prizes to the graphic artists Łukasz Koniuszy (Poland), Haruhiko Yoshinaga (Japan), Zoran Mishe (Bulgaria), Liu Fu (China) and Haider Ali Jan (Pakistan). The prize offered by the Hungarian University of Fine Arts went to Marcin Bialas (Poland).

The organizers of the biennial associated graphic art with jazz music, like they used to in former years, too. This year the awards gala was enriched with the jazz concert of the  Luiza Zan and Sárik Péter Duo.

The works selected by the international jury can be visited in Sfântu Gheorghe at the Transylvanian Art Centre and at the Székely Mikó College until the 9th of November. In December some works of the biennial will be exhibited in Miercurea Ciuc as well.

The main sponsors of the 5th Graphic Art Biennial of Szeklerland are the National Cultural Fond of Hungary, Bertis and Perla Harghitei.

Photo credit: Vargyasi Levente

The opening of the memorial exhibition of the artist Zsolt Siklodi (1966–2017)

On the 12th of October from 7 o’clock p.m. a book launch with exhibition entitled “The documents of an uncompleted oeuvre” took place in the House of Arcades in Sfântu Gheorghe.  The exhibition pays tribute to the memory of the former curator of the Graphic Art Biennial, Zsolt Siklodi.

Apor Ferencz S., one of the editors of the book and curator of the exhibition welcomed those who came to the event, then he presented some moments of the process of birth of the book and of the exhibition: “I think, that the most difficult thing in course of the editing of the book and the set-up of the material of the book was to be confronted to the fact, that here we should give an account of the documents of an unfinished life work. It was also hard to give a overall view of a life work, without defining its structure along emotional ties. Yet, although we treated the whole material on basis of strictly professional criteria, this work could not be free of emotions.”

The curator of the exhibition spoke about the editing of the book as well. At the end of the book edited in three languages: Hungarian, Romanian and English readers will find a passage of the curriculum vitae written by Zsolt Siklodi himself in a very personal tone.

Then graphic artist István Erőss, professor of the Institute of Visual Arts of the Eszterházy Károly University of Fine Arts of Eger, close friend of Zsolt Siklodi turned to the visitors of the event: “As I was looking at the exhibition, I was thinking, that it should have happened much earlier to  collect and present a complete image of the work of Zsolt Siklodi. But then I came to the conclusion, that this could naturally not have happened, because beside the great and versatile organizing work, that he assumed, he hardly had any time to show the products of his professional activity. Looking at the works presented here, we can see, that he used a plenty of technical solutions in his graphic art and had a quite experimental attitude in matters of art. Through his organizing work we also got to know a person who was very active, restless and permanently open to the new. Thus these two activities were always in a kind of symbiosis, nothing was impossible for him.  Eternal restlessness kept him alive until his last hour and this attitude obliges us as well.”

Finally one of the authors of the book, Kata Ungvári-Zrínyi praised the selection of works presented at the memorial exhibition of Zsolt Siklodi. The exhibition can be visited until the 2nd of November 2018.

Photo credit: Vargyasi Levente

Arena of Games – the voice of the young generation

On the 12th of November 2018 the opening ceremony of the individual exhibition of the Polish graphic artist Kamil KOCUREK took place in the Keresztes House in Sfântu Gheorghe. Those present at the event were welcomed by the curator of the exhibition Magdalena Hanysz-Stefańska, who presented the artist.

Kamil Kocurek was born in 1990 in Tychy, Poland. He finished secondary school in Katowice in 2010. Then he studied art at the Faculty of Art of the Academy of Fine Art sin Katowice. After graduating from the academy, he became professor at the Graphic Art Faculty of the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdansk. He participated actively in artistic events and graphic art contests in Poland and abroad. He was also present in many individual and group exhibitions and won more than 25 awards. In 2016 he was awarded the Grand Prize at the 4th Graphic Art Biennial of Szeklerland.

Magdalena thanked to the organizers for the possibility and for the support received for the organization of this exhibition, she expressed her gratitude, that they could bring this exhibition to Sfântu Gheorghe. She called Kamil Kocurek the hero of the day, as she put it, Kamil Kocurek represents the voice of a new generation. “Graphics links people” – the curator of the exhibition emphasized at the end of her speech.

The individual exhibition of Kamil Kocurek entitled “Arena of Games” shows artworks created between 2014 and 2018 with intaglio printing. All of these works and  the concepts behind them are rooted in the personal interests of the artist: “I draw attention to the atrocities of war and the ongoing blurring of the boundaries between the real and the virtual world. The modern world is based on the games. These games permeate every aspect of our life. Media still participate in this fun so we see the manipulation of information to form an alternative view of reality. Military conflict and the violence are a basic material of manipulation and surrounding us from every side.”

The exhibition can be visited until the 9th of November 2018 in the Keresztes House (Gróf Mikó Imre street, no. 9), daily from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., except Mondays

Photo credit: Vargyasi Levente