Space Expanded

János Fajó’s exhibition entitled “The Machine’s Running...” has been opened


A special selection introducing the heritage of the Munkácsy and Kossuth Prize winner artist, János Fajó (1937-2018) is open for visitors from 6 February at Ybl Buda Creative House. The opening of the first posthumous exhibition of the artist attracted substantial interest and because János Fajó would have celebrated his 83rd birthday on 9 February, visitors commemorated him in an intimate atmosphere. In her welcoming speech János Fajó’s widow, Ágnes Fajó referred to this event also as a “birthday party”. She explained that the exhibited paintings, sculptures and formations give the real essence of Fajó’s artistic workmanship. As “János was always observing the world around him with eyes filled with hunger; he was continuously full of with curiosity and whenever he failed to find something, he simply created it.” 


Kata Kaiser, art director of the Ybl Buda Creative House in her welcoming note emphasized that this has been the very first exhibition of János Fajó since his death of 2018; this fact means a great honour and at the same time responsibility for the institution. Following this Zita Sárvári, curator of the exhibition took the floor to share a couple of words about the creation of the exhibition. She expressed her gratitude to the Fajó Foundation for their help in obtaining the works and added that the exhibition is a really unique one, as now works that were previously hidden in the back of the studio are also introduced for the public.  The four sculptures, the further variations of which had never been created by Fajó, thus left in their original form, represent a good example for this.  According to Zita Sárvári almost each and every work of the artist throbs and pulsates; they simply fill the available space as if they were intended to be housed there. János Fajó, who has been rightly referred to also as the spiritual heir of Lajos Kassák, was one of the most outstanding representatives of Hungarian constructive geometric art. His works are characterized by a strong ideological nature; they indeed attract the attention and invite for a borderless and theoretic time travel. An adventure during which one tries to decode these forms, figures and signs running at and building upon one another.

These form-based experiments created by János Fajó appear in the form of graphic works, screen prints, paintings, wall objects and sculptures. Based on the substantial work of curator Zita Sárvári the exhibition implemented at the Ybl Buda Creative House also represents an excellent example for the evolution of the typical forms applied by Fajó; various media are used in order to discuss how the same form could manifest in various materials behaving differently. In the course of his persistent, several decades long craftmanship Fajó searched for empirical and geometric phenomena with unique rigour. In his diverse workmanship he dealt with structures consisting of recurring elements and the variations thereof. 

Fajó strongly believed in the freedom of artists and art, and this opinion of his “winks out” of his works at the spectator with playfulness and complicity. Geometric traditions and the principles of Constructivism laid the foundations of his work, but he was also influenced by Op Art, Minimal Art and the so called “New Geometry” as well. His works express peaceful harmony and optimism, the pure and sunny colours together with the precisely constructed strokes create real concord while inviting the spectator for free association. 

The posthumous exhibition of János Fajó is open for visitors free of charge until 8 March 2020 at the Ybl Buda Creative House.

February 17, 2020.