János Brückner
(1984 Budapest)
lives and works in Berlin, Germany




2016 – Art in Context postgraduate MA, Universität der Künste, Berlin
2012 – Diploma (MA) in painting at Hungarian Accademy of Fine Art
2010 – Diploma (MA) in hungarian language and literature at Eötvös Loránt University of Humanities
“Intermedia phenomena at the hungarian neo-avantgarde literature and fine art”


Grants / Awards

2016 – Smohay Prize
2013-2015 – Derkovits Gyula Scholarship
2013 – Eötvös Scholarship of Hungarian State
2013 – Grant of K&H Bank
2011 – Scholarship of Ludwig Foundation
2011 – Barcsay-Prize
2009/10 – State Scholarship




2017 – Accademia d’Ungheria, Rome
2016 – Galeria Municipal, Lisbon
2015 – MuseumsQuartier, Vienna
2015 – Studio das Weisse Haus, Vienna
2013 – Newcastle University’s Culture Lab UK (Digital Media) – resident artist
2013 – Futura, Prague – resident artist
2010 – Begehungen Festival, Chemnitz (Germany)


 Workshops held


Your Body Holds This Knowledge – CHB Berlin, 2018
ID-Swap – Deák 17 Youth Art Gallery Budapest, 2016
Washable – Porn Studies Seminar at University of Applied Sciences Potsdam, Germany, 2014
Coloring – Festival Volt, Hungary, 2013


Public performances

2018 – How To Feel Better? – Performing Arts Festival Berlin
2017 – Spaßforschung (together with Carsten Lisecki) – ngbk Berlin
2016-17 – Sleeping Beauty Project (together with Márton Emil Tóth & Tamara Zsófia Vadas) – Sziget Festival,
2016 – SACRIFICE – MU Eindhoven


Exhibition – solo (selected)

2019 – Stupid Things – ENA Viewing Space, Budapest (curated by Péter Bencze)

2018 – Variable Ancestry – Plusminusnula Gallery, Zilina (Slovakia) – in cooperation with ENA

2018 – First-person Substitution – TURBA Gallery, Hannover (curated by Marlene Bart)

2017 – Extreme Presence – Institute of Contemporary Art, Dunaújváros (curated by Péter Bencze)

2016 – Addition – Szent István Király Musem, Székesfehérvár, Hungary (curated by Péter Bencze)

2016 – Don’t Believe The Hype! – Csili Cultural Centre, Budapest (curated by Péter Bencze, conceptor: Ivett Mikó)

2015 – iSelf – Hungarian Cultural Institute, Warsaw (curated by Péter Bencze, conceptual development: Zsolt Miklósvölgyi & Márió Nemes Z. – T+U)

2015 – Welcome (CONTAIN[ERA] exhibitions, Berlin, Budapest, Bratislava, Prague, Rome, Warsaw, Wien, Zürich)

2015 – The Flame-Hearts (Petőfi Sándor Literature Museum, Budapest)

2015 – Happiness Manual (Galerie Überall, Vienna)

2014 – Default Pronography – ENA Viewing Space, Budapest

2014 – The Human Printer – Camouflage (with Zsolt Miklósvölgyi) – Baltan Laboratories, Eindhoven

2013 – Well-Groomed Happiness, Labor C3, Budapest (together with: Mátyás Csiszár, Marian Dörk, Zsolt Miklósvölgyi)
2012 – Famous Hungarian Hipsters – 400 (Budapest)

2012 – Applied art: more pictures in the office – headquarters
2010 – Hungarian people – hybrid art


Exhibitions – group (selected)


Ludwig 30 – Always contemporary – Ludwig Museum Budapest (curated by Jan Elantkowski, Julia Fabényi, József Készman, Viktória Popovics, Krisztina Szipőcs)
It’s Easy For You – Montag Modus / Climata 3 – We Solemnly Swear – Flutgraben, Berlin (curated by Léna Szirmay-Kalos, Jasna Layes Vinovrški, Dániel Kovács)


Signs of Life – AQB Project Space, Budapest (curated by Nóra Deák)
Connected – East meets West – TOP Project Space, Berlin (curated by Božidar Katić & Martina Mezak)
Pump, Jump And Let The Dogs Out – Parallel Vienna (curated by Peter Bencze)
Leere Sockel / Entfernte Monumente – OKK Berlin (curated by Lisa Glauer)
Be Yourselfie – U10 Art Space, Belgrade (curated by Peter Bencze)


SPAMM POWER – Parsons Paris, France (curated by Ellectra Radikal & Michaël Borras A.K.A Systaime)
bodylandscapingtime – NGBK Berlin (initiated by Lisa Glauer)
Text tour – Künstlerforum Bonn


Rock/Space/Time – Ludwig Museum Budapest, curated by József Készman
(illusion) Enterieur – Petőfi Literary Museum, Budapest, curated by Péter Bencze
Look At Me! I Am Made For You! – Projektraum LS43 Berlin, curated by Boris Kostadinov
Vanishing Points – curated by Tamás Don, initated by Tom Lantos Institute, Budapest
Fake Is The New Real – Fake Museum, Budapest, curated by Péter Bencze


Total Target – ENA Viewing Space Wien, curated by Péter Bencze

RED TAIL and BLUE PENCIL – Case Studies of Censorship, with Some Contemporary Reflections – OFF-Biennale, Budapest (curated by Mónika Zombori & Mónika Zsikla)

“…send a sing from below” – OFF-Biennale Budapest, Gallery Knoll Budapest & Vienna

Fierce in Eastern-Europe – screening & performance – OFF-Biennale Budapest

ACCUMULATION OF MATTER – LEHRTER SIEBZEHN, Berlin (curated by Szilvi Németh)


Unclean – SomoS Arts Berlin
An essential advice: Dont forget to be carefree – Design Terminal, Budapest (curated by Peter Bencze)
Ferenc Liszt & contemporaries, Liszt Ferenc Memorial Museum, Budapest (curated by Anna Peternák)
Not Too Distant Present, FKSE Budapest, (curated by Ács Bálint, Darvas Angéla, Don Tamás Milán, Károly Eszter)
Memento Budapest, Chimera Project, Budapest (curated by Bogi Mittich and Patrick Urwyler)
THE FUTURE IS TODAY!, ICA-D, Dunaújváros (curated by Bogi Mittich and Patrick Urwyler)
Nuit Blanche – AQB Budapest (curated by Zsolt Mészáros & Noémi Szabó aka Fresh Curators)
derkó.pécsi.2014 – Kunsthalle, Budapest (curated by József Készman)
No Comment? Vol.4 – Stredoslovenská gallery, Banska Bystrica


Derkovits Most – Kunsthalle, Budapest (curated by József Készman)
Imagine the Law – SYAA (curated by Avi Feldman)
Crosstalk Video Festival 5th Edition, Budapest
Burka – Österreichische Kulturforum, Budapest
sélection de la « collection spicy », INSTITUT HONGROIS – COLLEGIUM HUNGARICUM, PARIS


Spicy Collection Selection – Accademia d’Ungheria in Roma
Parental Meeting (ThatWasNotUs! Crew) – Studio of Young Artists
FRESH 2011 – Kogart
MIZU – VÍZ – WATER – Japanese-hungarian exhibition at A38 Ship
FIKA – Young Contemporary Statements – Pécs
SECRET – Roham Gallery
Exhibition of winners of Barcsay Competition, Acc. of Fine Arts, Budapest


MEGA_PIXEL 2010 – Digital artworks in Hungary – FUGA Architectural Centre, Budapest
“Begehungen” Festival, Chemnitz
Auction for the flood-aggrieved people – Acc. of Fine Arts, Budapest
The sixth wall – Labor C3 Budapest
Paralels – slovakian-hungarian exhibition – Acc. of Fine Arts, Budapest


Babel silence – Studio of Young Designers
Uneffordable – Present Salon


Urban Experience – Holdudvar Gallery
First Hungarian Metro Biennale – Artpool P60



ThatWasNotUs! Crew
Studio of Young Artist’s Association


articles, interviews


Debatty, Régine: Making visible the influence of politics on culture

Harrison, Mia: János Brückner’s depiction of Viktor Orbán was not well received in the country’s capital

Patricolo, Claudia: Why did a Hungarian museum self-censor a portrait of Viktor Orbán?

Instead of perfection, the error could have artistic value