Gyula Kosice

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Gyula Kosice
Gyula Kosice y Ciudad Hidroespacial.jpg
Born Ferdinand Fallik[1]
(1924-04-26)April 26, 1924
Košice, Czechoslovakia
Died May 25, 2016(2016-05-25) (aged 92)
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Gyula Kosice (born Ferdinand Fallik; April 26, 1924 – May 25, 2016) was a Czechoslovakian-born Argentine sculptor, plastic artist, and poet. He was one of the most important figures in kinetic and luminal art and luminance vanguard.

He was born in an ethnic Hungarian family in 1924.[2] Kosice used his natal city name as artist name. He was one of the precursors of abstract and non-figurative art in Latin America. He used, for the first time in international art scene, water and neon gas as part of an artwork. Light and movement were also present in his works.

He created monumental sculptures, hydrospatial walks, hydrowalls, etc. He made more than 40 personal and 500 collective exhibitions all over the world.

The 1940s[edit]


  • First non figurative drawings, paintings and sculptures. Study and investigation of Leonardo da Vinci’s work. Poems and texts about interdisciplinary art.


  • Röyi. Articulated and mobile sculpture, invented name.
  • Cofounder of Arturo Magazine.


  • Cofounder of "Arte Concreto-Invención" (Concrete Art Invention) in Dr. Enrique Pichon Riviere’s house.
  • Organizes the 2nd exhibition of "Arte Concreto-Invención" in photographer Grete Stern’s house, in Ramos Mejía, Argentina.
  • Publishes "Invención" (Invention). Poems, movable sculptures ant theoretical texts.


  • Founder of Madí Art Movement. Exhibitions at the French Institute of Superior Studies – Van Riel. Author of the Madí Manifest and designation of the name Madí. Madí paintings ant articulated planes and color.
  • Use of neon lighting in art-works for the first time in the International Art-Scene.


  • First personal exhibition of Madí Art at the Bohemien Club in Galerías Pacífico (Buenos Aires, Argentina), which was the first totally non-figurative exhibition in Latin-America.
  • Founder of “Universal Madí Art” and its publication of its eight issues.


  • Madí exhibition at Réalités Nouvelles, Paris. He was invited by Del Morle and the governing board. He received the collaboration of the France Cultural Attach in Buenos Aires, M. Weibel Reichard.
  • Drawings and proposal of the Hydrospatial City which relates its declaration in Arturo: “Man will not end on the Earth”.



  • Making of monumental sculptures of Ferro concret, polyester and marble, water fountains with Plexiglas, Hydrospatial designs, etc.

Small list of exhibitions[edit]


  • Galerías Pacífico, Buenos Aires. (First all non figurative, abstract and kinetic exhibition in Latin America).


  • Galería Bonino, Buenos Aires.


  • Kosice, Galerie Denise René, Paris.
  • Exhibition of spatial constructions and first hydraulic sculpture, Drian Gallery, London.


  • Galerie L'Oeil, Paris.


  • Galerie La Hune, Paris.



  • Galería de Arte Moderno, Córdoba, Argentina.


  • Galería Bonino, Buenos Aires.
  • Kosice, Sculpture: water, light, movement. Galería Bonino, New York.
"Relieve Agua Comunicante (Communicant Water Relief)"


  • "100 obras de Kosice, un precursor", Centro de Artes Visuales, Instituto Torcuato Di Tella, Buenos Aires.
  • Kosice, Galería Bonino, Buenos Aires.
  • 150 meters of rain, Florida street, Buenos Aires.


  • Bijoux et sculptures d'eau, Galerie Lacloche, Paris.


  • Galería Estudio Actual, Caracas, Venezuela.


  • "La Ciudad Hidroespacial", Galería Bonino, Buenos Aires.


  • Galería de Arte del Banco Continental, Lima, Peru.
  • G.K., Foyer del Teatro Municipal General San Martín, Buenos Aires.
  • Exhibition organized by Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires.


  • Luis Arango Library, Bogotá, Colombia.


  • Kosice, Israel Museum, Jerusalem.
  • Kosice bijoux hydrospatial, Espace Cardin, Paris.


  • La cite' hydrospatial. Espace Cardin, Paris, France.
  • Kosice Works, Galería Pozzi, Buenos Aires.


  • Exhibition Kosice, aluminum relieves. 1945 - 50. Documents about Madí art. Departamento Cultural Librería de la Ciudad, Galería del Este, Buenos Aires.
  • Hydrospatial Exhibition organized by Argentine "Confagua" and the ONU for the "Water World Conference", Mar del Plata, Argentina.


  • “Esculturas insólitas, pequeño formato, piezas únicas” Galería Birger, Buenos Aires.
  • Hydrokinetic works, Galería Unika, Punta del Este, Uruguay.
  • Hydrospatial City, City of Buenos Aires Galileo Galilei planetary.


  • Kosice, Hakone Open Air Museum, Tokyo, Japan.


  • Kosice's Monumental Works, Centro Cultural de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires.




  • “Homenaje a un creador multifacético. 62 años de trayectoria. Obras Digitales.” Centro Cultural Recoleta, Buenos Aires, 2003.


  • Little Kosice Room. Latin-American Art Museum, Austin, Texas, United States.
  • Museo Provincial de Bellas Artes Rosa Galisteo de Rodríguez – 82nd Annual in Santa Fe, Argentina. Special Guest.


  • Madí Walk, at Florida Street (Buenos Aires).
  • Tribute to Master Gyula Kosice in Culture and Art, Nation’s Senate, Buenos Aires, Argentina.


  • Merryl Lynch Arteaméricas, G. Kosice special guest representing Latin America. Miami, United States.

Published books[edit]

  • Invención (1945)
  • Golsé-se (1952)
  • Peso y medida de Alberto Hidalgo (1953)
  • Antología madí (1955)
  • Geocultura de la Europa de hoy (1959)
  • Poème hydraulique (1960)
  • Arte hidrocinético (1968)
  • La ciudad hidroespacial (1972)
  • Arte y arquitectura del agua (1974)
  • Arte madí (1982)
  • Del Arte Madí a la Ciudad hidroespacial (1983)
  • Obra poética (1984)
  • Entrevisiones (1985)
  • Teoría sobre el arte (1987)
  • Kosice (1990)
  • Arte y filosofía porvenirista (1996)
  • Madigrafías y otros textos (2006)


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