Béla Máriás: Where is my Capital?
13 March–4 April 2020
artKIT, Glavni trg 14, Maribor
You are cordially invited to attend the opening of Where is my Capital? – an exhibition by painter, visual artist, novelist, musician and the frontman of Tudósok, Béla Máriás, on Friday, 13 March 2020, at 7 p. m., at the ArtKIT Gallery in Maribor.
Béla Máriás alias drMáriás (1966) studied at the University of Arts in Belgrade. In 1991, he and his family moved from Novi Sad to Budapest, where they now live. Béla Máriás is the leader, vocalist, saxophonist and trumpeter of Tudósok (Scientists), playing more than one hundred concerts between Russia, Europe and the USA. Tudósok has had a few performances in Maribor and Slovenia; as a painter, Máriás has been a part of the group exhibition Mundus vadit retro in Kibla Portal (2014), but this is his first solo exhibition in these parts.
DrMáriás is a maverick in his multidisciplinary expression, which is a mixture of references, styles and media. This distinct, recognizable, sarcastic, ironic, original and critical artist often draws on art historical, social and political quotes, deals with existentialist issues born out of his Eastern European identity and the pertaining historical and political context. His artistic expression involves aspects of avant-garde, Dadaism, pop art, social and socialist art, and a surrealist stand. He defines his artistic activity as “social surgery”.
Béla Máriás has exhibited in solo exhibitions in Budapest, London, Belgrade, Vienna, Ljubljana, Beijing, Prague and New York. His prose relates to the Beat Generation and the Russian avant-garde. His books were published in Hungary and in China, and he has appeared as an actor in films by the famous Hungarian director Béla Tarr.
Self-Portrait with Trianon, Kieselbach Gallery – Brody Studios, Budapest, 2019 with Peter Weiler
Flowers of Dynamite, Supamolly, Berlin, 2019
Tavasz-Tündér-Találkozó/Spring-Fairy Meeting, Godot Galéria, Budapest, 2019
Magyar Nemzeti Festészet/Hungarian National Painting, A38 Hajó, Budapest, 2018
Где мой Капитал?/Where Is My Kapital?/Hová lett a Tőkém?, Pig Snout Art Gallery, Saint Petersburg, 2018
The Sun Shines!, Rómer Flóris Múzeum, Győr, 2018
The Most Modern and Most Ancient Hungarian, Cultiris Galéria, Budapest, 2018
Longing and Belongig, 10 Thousand Steps Gallery, New York, 2017
Love Never Fails!, Godot Gallery, Budapest, 2017
Be Peace with You! – Museum of Modern Art MODEM, Debrecen, 2017
Paperlace Universe, Balassi Institute, Peking, 2016
Karel Gott Brings Peace to the EU-summit, Balassi Institute, Prague, 2016
Flower all Flowers! A38 Ship, Budapest, 2016
Get Well! – M21 Galéria, Zsolnay negyed, Pécs, 2016
Blue Danube Waltz, A38 Ship, Budapest, 2015
Utopia.Revolution, Ludwig Museum, Budapest, 2014-2015
Hollywood Behind the Iron Curtain, Suez Gallery, Den Haag, 2014
A Secret Political Meeting in the Swamp, Godot Gallery, Budapest, 2013
Change of glasses, Raiffeisen Galéria, Budapest, 2013
Beautiful Pictures from the World of Love, A38, Budapest, 2013
What’s Hungarian? Palace of Art, Budapest, 2012
My Horrible Idols, A38 Ship, 2011
The East-European Beatles, Old Police Station, London, 2011
Bukowski in Split – Galleria Numero 2, Koper, 2011
Celebrities vs. Artists, K. Petrys Ház, Budapest, 2010
Bukowski in Split – Ghetto Galéria, Split, 2009
Elect! – K. Petrys Ház, Budapest, 2009
DadaBloomsDay, Ivy House, London, 2008
TérErő, Palace of Art, Budapest, 2008
Self-portraits of a Suicide Car-mechanic, Klinker Gallery, London, 2005
I Live Science, Gogol Club, Moscow, 2005
Charcoal, Donauraum Galerie, Vienna, 2004
Cut Cat Kit, Anthology Film Archives, Courthouse Gallery, New York, 2003
Mehko lice, Metelkova Galerija, Ljubljana, 2002
Drawing a New Face, Cinema Rex, Belgrade, 2000
Everyday Science, Francia Intézet/Institut Français, Budapest, 1999
The exhibition will be showing until 4 April 2020.
Admission free. Kindly welcome.
Production: X-OP Association for Contemporary Art
Photo: Gregor Salobir