Book Art

Ilona Kiss

I was born in Budapest on 11th of June 1955. In 1979 I graduated from the Hungarian Academy of Applied Arts, faculty of typography and book design. Having graduated I began to work as an independent graphic designer. I have worked in almost all fields of design. I took part in exhibitions in Hungary and abroad. I like to paint. I create book-objects, page-objects, and artist's books published in limited editions, sometimes ironical, full of humour and poetry. In my books I use different materials: old paper, silk, lace, lattice-work, wood, coffee-filters. For me the artist book makes a bridge between the beautiful traditions of classic books and art. It’s a mean of making an abstraction concrete through art. The artist-book speaks a visual language. That’s my language, that’s my history, that’s my journey on our planet.

Selected exhibitions:
1995  “Les Vacances à Budapest”, Musée de Carouge-Genf, Switzerland
1999  “Made in Hungary”, Dowd Fine Arts Gallery, Cortland, NY, USA
1999  “AIRneuf à Mariemont”, Musée de Mariemont, Belgium
2000  “Happy Birthday Johannes”, Gutenberg Pavilon, Mainz, Germany
2000  6th Wexford Artists’ Book Exhibition, Wexford Arts Centre, Ireland
2002  “AIRneuf prend les couleurs”, Bibliotheca Wittockiana, Bruxelles
2004  “D’or et d’argent”, Bibliothèque historique de la Ville de Paris
2006  “Rabbit and House”, 4th International Artist’s Book Triennal, Gallery Arka, Vilnius
2010  “Minuscules”, Musée de l’Imprimerie, Lyon, France
2011  “AboT Artists’ Books on Tour”, MAK Austrian Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna

2008  Munkácsy prize