Studied at the Painting Faculty of the Hungarian University of Fine Arts from 1958-63. He produced his first hard edge paintings in 1966, inspired by American minimalist painting. In the early seventies Bak turned towards idea-based art, creating conceptual paperworks and photos mostly experimenting with the connection between image and text. In the mid-seventies Bak returned to painting and besides incorporating the consequences of his conceptual period, he used folk art as an inspiration to his painting. After an eclectic colourful postmodern period in the eighties, Bak shifted back to a pure geometric abstract painting style which characterizes the artist up until now.

In 1971, Bak was awarded with a scholarship and exhibition at the Folkwang Museum in Essen (with György Jovánovics). His solo show in the Műcsarnok/Kunsthalle Budapest opened in 1977, and in 1986 he showed in the Hungarian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale (with Ákos Birkás, Károly Kelemen and István Nádler). His works are featured in numerous pubic collection including the Tate Modern, the Fonds national d’Art contemporain, Paris, and the Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin.

Bak Imre
Imre Bak
Budapest, 1936

Past Exhibitions

Bookmarks – Revisiting Hungarian art of the 1960s and 1970s

The Vinyl Factory 04/10/2018 — 14/10/2018

With the Eyes of Others: Hungarian Artists of the Sixties and Seventies

Elizabeth Dee Gallery 05/05/2017 — 12/08/2017

Imre Bak Solo Show

Carl Kostyál
23/11/2016 — 31/12/2016

Solo Shows


Solo show in the acb Attachment, Budapest, HU


Actual timeless. Layers of an oeuvre, Gallery of Paks, Paks, HU


Exhibition of Imre Bak, Fészek Művészklub, Budapest, HU
Imre Bak: Tension and Harmony, Erika Deák Gallery, Budapest, HU


Artissima – Back to the Future, Torino, I

Group Shows


śūnyatā, Art + Text Budapest, Budapest


BOOKMARKS, Art Cologne, D, OFF-Biennale Budapest, HU
Landschaft: Transformation einer Idee – Kunst von 1800 bis heute aus der Sammlung der Neuen Galerie Graz, Neue Galerie Graz – Universalmuseum Joanneum, Graz, AT
Second Autumn, Art Stations gallery, Poznań, PL


Ludwig 25. The Contemporary Collection, Ludwig Museum – Museum of Contemporary Art – Budapest, HU


Conceptualism today, Paksi képtár, Paks, HU
Beyond Corrupted Eye – Akumulatory 2 Gallery 1972–1990, Museum of Contemporary Art in Kraków (MOCAK), Krakow, PL


Beyond Corrupted Eye. Galeria Akkumulatory 2, 1972-1990. Zacheta, National Gallery of Art, Warsaw. PL
Od Tiziana po Warhola. Muzeum umení, Olomouc, CZ
Osas Plus In The Vasarely Museum, Museum of Fine Art, Budapest, HU

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Budapest Country of birth: Hungary Date of birth: 1936 Lives in: Budapest