…a mechanical genius, Lois was born in 1950 and brought up in Tatabanya, Hungary, one of the industrial strongholds of Hungarian socialism, amongst waste machines and wreckage. Under this new industrial civilization, Lois strives to develop a new folklore that nestles upon post-modern individualism and internationalism. Lois’ oeuvre is machine. He endows cold machines with passionate artistic life and reincarnate them into sculptural musical instruments. His creations reflect the fast-paced obsolescence of the Industrial Revolution and, at the same time, carry a new life that “Sounds” out the future. Their outcome is complex, enigmatic and irrationally romantic. The instruments have three aspects: first they are like motionless sculptures, then they start moving (sometimes giving off light), then they become mobile and finally they make sounds…

—Konkoly Gyula (1992)

viktor-lois-bio-imageIn 1978 in Tatabanya, Lois opened a private gallery to the public named “Beteg Szamar Galeria” in which he installed his art work continuously. This is the first private gallery in Hungary under the Communist era. This Gallery sets an example for the avant-garde movement in Hungary, which greatly impacted the art circles and puts him in the critical position among the Intellects.

In 1996 Viktor Lois was given a Museum building (in the compound of the well-known Tatabanya Mine Museum) in Tatabanya City, Hungary, which exclusively displays more than 70 pieces of his sculptures. It is the only museum dedicated to one artist for long term solo exhibition that is supported by public fund and administered by government staff in Hungary. Every summer, since 1997, in the vicinity of Lois Museum building, Viktor Lois directs an International Summer Art Camp which invites artists from various disciplines (sculpture, music, photographer, installation, multi-media…etc.) and countries (Hungary, Germany, Taiwan, US, England, Serbia & Montenegro, Slovak Republic, Croatia…etc.) to create work and hold exhibition. Currently (after 10 years of operation), the Art Camp has a large collection of permanent, out-door sculptures.

Lois’ work best represents the artistic fruit produced under the socio-political background of the past two decades in Eastern Europe. This is truly a body of Multi-disciplinary art work in which the composition of sound/music is embedded in the sculpture form and vise versa, the form makes the sound/music tangible.
Lois’ work is exhibited and performed frequently in major museums and galleries throughout Europe (such as Austria, Germany, USSR, France, Netherland, Serbia), US and Asia; his work is in the permanent collection of the Contemporary Art Museum in Budapest; and a Building in the compound of the Mine Museum in Tatabanya is dedicated solely to him, which collects more than 70 pieces of Lois’ work. Every year his band TundraVoice which plays solely on his sculptural musical instruments is one of the most unique features of the Budapest Music Festival. In 1993 he represented Hungary participated in the 45th Venice Biennale. Since 2003 he has been primarily residing in the Boston area.

Major Solo Exhibitions Since 1978

1978

  • Tatabanya Library (10 wood sculptures), Hungary

1979

  • Budapest Young Artist Club (wood sculptures and public performance), Hungary

1983

  • Budapest Ferencvarosi Pince Galeria, Hungary

1985

  • Vac Gorog Templom, Vac, Hungary

1986

  • Budapest Obudai Pince Galeria, Hungary

1987

  • Szentendre Muvesz Telepi Galeria, Szentendre, Hungary

1988

  • Manyez, Moscow, USSR (4 instrument sculptures)

1989

  • Secession, Viena, Austria
  • Csok Istvan Keptar, Szekesfehervar, Hungary
  • Hugarian Culture Institute Berlin, East Germany
  • Melkweg, Amsterdam, Netherland
  • K19 Gallery, Hertogenbosch, Netherland
  • Alte Feuerwasche, Mannheim, West Germany

1990

  • Stadtkino, Salzburg, Austria
  • Gorog Templom, Vac, Hungary (Giant I)
  • De Fabriek, Eindhoven, Netherland (Giant II)

1991

  • Galerie VVK, Hannover, Germany
  • Paraplifabrieken, Nijmegen, Netherland
  • 2B, Eindhoven, Netherlan
  • OCEAN, Arnhem, Netherland
  • Nova Zembla, Hertogenbosch, Netherlan
  • Simeva Signe, Maastricht, Netherland

1992

  • Kiscelli Museum, Budapest, Hungary (72 instrument sculptures)

1993

  • Venice Biennale, Hungarian Pavilon, Vanice, Italy (Sound Trip)

1995

  • Offenes Kulturhaus, Linz, Austria (Giant III)
  • Salamon Tower, Visegrad, Hungary (Aftermath I)

1996

  • Barcsay School Gallery, Szentendre, Hungary (Aftermath II)
  • Mining Museum, Tatabánya,Hungary (70 instrument sculptures)

1997

  • Art Colony Gallery, Szentendre, Hungary (48 instruments)

1999

  • Allgemaine Konzumferein,Braunschweig,Germany (10 instrument sculptures)

2000

  • Theater de Vorst, Tilburg, Netherland (15 instrument sculptures)
  • Brookline, New Hampshire, USA (Twoheartsrezonator-Giant IV)

2001

  • K.A.S.Gallery,Budapest, Hungary (3 Body-Builder sculptures)
  • Modern Art Museum, Szkopje, Mecedonia (10 instrument sculptures)
  • SKC, Belgrád, Serbia (20 instrument sculptures)
  • ACAVA, Paris, France (5 instrument scultpures)

2002

  • ArtMill, Szentendre, Hungary (Great Hungarian Body-building & Mind-ruining Saloon – 10 large-scale sculptures)
  • Dorottya Gallery, Budapest, Hungary (Music Altar)
  • Taipei, Taichung, Tainan, Kaohisung, Pintong, Chiayi (7 cities), Taiwan (Container Man)

2003

  • A38 Art Ship, Budapest, Hungary (Giant V)
  • SKC, Belgrad, Serbia (Music Altar)
  • Concordia, Vrsac, Serbia (tour concerts
  • Chen Kong University Art Center, Tainan, Taiwan (Giant VI)
  • Mariposa Museum, Peterborough, New Hampshire, USA (exhibition and concert
  • Tremont /Gallery Theater, Boston, USA (exhibition and concerts

2004

  • Public Art: Five large-scale Cable Roller Sculpture, Taiwan
  • Mariposa Museum, Peterborough, New Hampshire, USA

2005

  • Tour Exhibition of four countries Croatia-Serbia-Hungary-Poland (Container Man)
  • Tremont Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts, USA (exhibition and concerts)
  • Tundravoice Asia: Tainan Culture Center, Taiwan (concert)
  • Tundravoice America: Haynes Convention Center, Boston 1st Night, Boston, USA