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Istvan Nadler

Born: 1939

member since: 2019


Istvan Nadler is a Hungarian painter, graphic artist and sculptor, a member of the legendary Iparterv and Budapest Workshop groups and one of the most important representatives of the Hungarian neo-avant-garde movement and hard-edge painting. He was born in 1938 in Visegrad and now lives and works in Budapest and Feketebács, Hungary.

From the beginning of his studies in the Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts, he was involved in the activity of a free group of young Hungarian artists Zugloi Kör (Zuglo Circle, until 1968). Sandor Molnar, Pal Deim, and Istvan Nadler were the leaders of the movement which declaratively followed the tradition of the French lyrical abstraction and the modernist icons such as Kandinsky, Klee, and Malevich.

After he graduated, he was granted a scholarship which made it possible for him to live and exhibit abroad and participate in a number of artistic workshops. In the late 1960's, he became an active member of two most important Hungarian neo-avant-garde groups of the time: Budapesti műhely (Budapest Workshop, 1973) and the Iparterv movement.

He followed the Hungarian constructivist tradition and inclined to the geometrization of the painting space. However, he was also interested in the influence of pure coloured areas. He chose individual shades intuitively and often put them in great contrasts which were, in the given combinations, strongly reminiscent of the colourfulness of Hungarian folklore. Thus, the traditional and the innovative, the local and the interregional met in the area of the canvas. Naturally, his style had some transformations, in the 80s it was more strongly emphasized by postmodernism, and also of the newly proclaimed eclecticism, in the 90s travelings resulted in the enrichment of his palette and shapes.

Istvan Nadler is a recipient of the Munkácsy Prize (1986) and the highest state award, the Kossuth Prize (2001), a member of the Szechenyi Academy of Literature and Arts and in 2006 he took part in the establishment of the Open Structures Art Society.

1954-58 – School of Arts and Crafts Budapest
1958-63 – Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts in Budapest, professor Gyula Hincz 


1964 – Joseph Károlyi Foundation scholarship. Study trip to Vence, France
1970 – Museum Folkwang grant                              1982 – Award from International Festival of Painting Cagnes-sur-Mer
1986 – Munkacsy Prize
1985 – First prize of the European Biennial of Graphic Arts Baden-Baden
1992 – Grant from Hungarian Academy in Rome
1993 – Grant from The Villa Romana Prize
1999 – Professor at the University of California in Los Angeles
1997 – Artist of Merit Award
2001 – Kossuth Prize
2003 – Grant from Landis & Gyr Foundation
2004 – grant from DAAD – Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst
2005 – A member of Szechenyi Academy of Literature and Arts
2006 – A member of Open Structures Art Society (Nyílt Struktúrák Művészeti Egyesület)

Works in Public Collections

Centre Pompidou, Paris
Ludwig Museum, Budapest
Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest
Nationalgalerie, Berlin
Wilhelm Lembruck Museum, Duisburg
Museum Folkwang, Essen
Forum für Internationale Kunst, Aachen
Neue Galerie am Landesmuseum Joanneum, Graz
Kiscelli Múzeum, Budapest
Hermann Ottó Múzeum, Miskolc
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
Janus Pannonius Múzem, Pécs
Nationalgalerie, Poznan
Szent István Király Múzeum, Székesfehérvár
Szombathelyi Képtár, Szombathely
Graphische Sammlung der Albertina, Wien
Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Wien
Szépművészeti Múzeum, Budapest
Kassák Lajos Múzeum, Budapest
MODEM Antal—Lustig gyűjtemény, Debrecen
Paksi Képtár, Paks
Városi Művészeti Múzeum, Győr
Veszprém Modern Képtár, Vass László Gyűjtemény, Veszprém
Raiffeisen Bank, Budapest
Olomouc Museum of Art, Olomouc

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2018 – Soha nem szűnő, Rómer Flóris Művészeti és Történeti Múzeum, Győr
2018 – der Bilderzyklus “Die Sieben Worte”, Hospitalkirche, Stuttgart
2017 – Kisterem, Budapest
2017 – Fészek Galéria, Budapest
2010 – A gesztus művésze. Nádler István, Vaszary Villa, Balatonfüred
2008 – …vertical… István Nádler - New Paintings, Ludwig Museum of Contemporary Art, Budapest
2008 – István Nádler. Neue Werke, Galerie der Stadt Fellbach, Fellbach
2008 – Virág Judit Galéria, Budapest
2008 – Várfok Galéria – XO Terem, Budapest
2003 – Arbeiten auf Papier, art garage, Zug
2003 – István Nádler: Hommage à Giacometti. Galerie Annamarie M. Andersen, Zürich
2002 – Pécsi Galéria, Pécs
2002 – Várfok Galéria – XO Terem, Budapest
2002 – István Nádler, Villa Haiss Museum für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Zell a. H.
2001 – Kunsthalle, Budapest
2000 – István Nádler and László Mulasics, Institut Hongrois, Paris
2000 – István Nádler, Lavoir Vasserot, Saint-Tropez
1999 – István Nádler. Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova Museum, Turku
1999 – Szombathelyi Képtár, Szombathely
1998 – István Nádler / Noel Dolla. Institut Hongrois, Paris
1998 – Arzemju Makslas Muzejs, Riga
1998 – István Nádler — Neue Bilder. Galerie der JENOPTIK AG und Jenaer Kunstverein, Jena
1998 – István Nádler. Kauno paveikslu galerija, Kaunas
1997 – Immer und immerwieder. István Nádler — Neue Arbeiten. Galerie Waszkowiak, Berlin
1997 – Várfok Galéria – XO Terem, Budapest
1996 – István Nádler. Kunstverein, Kunstverein, Augsburg
1995 – István Nádler. M—M Gallery, Tokyo
1995 – Triangolo e … — István Nádler. Salone Villa Romana, Firenze
1995 – Budapesti Történeti Múzeum, Fővárosi Képtár — Kiscelli Múzeum, Budapest
1995 – Goethe Intézet, Budapest
1993 – Róma — Nádler István kiállítása. Ernst Múzeum, Budapest
1993 – Georg Karl Pfahler / István Nádler. Städtische Galerie, Göppingen
1993 – István Nádler. Malerei, Zeichnung, Grafik. Galerie Waszkowiak, Berlin
1992 – Fészek Galéria, Budapest
1992 – BP Gallery, Bruxelles
1991 – István Nádler — Immer und wieder. Galerie der Stadt Wels, Wels
1988 – István Nádler Paintings, Jipian Art Gallery, Knokke-Zoute
1988 – István Nádler. Neue Arbeiten, Galerie Eremitage, Berlin
1986 – Bak, Birkás, Kelemen, Nádler, XLII Biennale Venecia, Padiglione d’Ungheria
1986 – István Nádler — Immer und wieder 1984—1990. Neue Galerie am Landesmuseum Joanneum, Graz
1986 – Imre Bak / István Nádler. Galerie umění, Karlovy Vary
1986 – István Nádler, Galerie H. S. Steinek, Wien
1986 – István Nádler. Zeichnungen, Galerie Eremitage, Berlin
1985 – Kunsthalle, Budapest
1981 – Csók István Képtár, Székesfehérvár
1978 – Magyar Nemzeti Galéria, Budapest
1978 – Józsefvárosi Kiállítóterem, Budapest
1974 – Graphisches Kabinett: Istvan Nadler Gouchen, Museum Folkwang Essen
1970 – Diagonalen, Museum Folkwang, Essen
1970 – Fényes Adolf Terem (with György Jovánovics), Budapest
1968 – Imre Bak, István Nádler, Galerie Müller, Stuttgart


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