János Saxon-Szász

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János Saxon-Szász
Born Szász János
(1964-09-11)11 September 1964
Tarpa of Hungary
Nationality Hungarian
Education Pesti Műhely
Known for Painting
Movement MADI

János Saxon-Szász (Tarpa, Hungary, 1964) is a freelance Hungarian creative artist and art organizer.


He has been producing abstract, geometric, constructivist and MADI art works since the 1970s. He masters were Tibor Csiky (sculptor), János Fajó (painter) and Carmelo Arden Quin (creative artist, theorist).

Up until the 1990s Saxon created many constructivist works. He worked for Budapest Workshop (in Hungarian: Pesti Műhely) for a while. He is a founder member of the Shadow Weavers (Árnyékkötők) Creative Group.

In 1992 he represented the Hungarian contemporary painting at the large-scale event Visions d’Europe in Paris, at the Eiffel Tower. Here became acquainted with Carmelo Arden Quin who is the founder of the international MADI movement.

Returning home he organized the Hungarian MADI movement and group. He and his wife, Zsuzsa Dárdai set up the International Mobil MADI Museum Foundation which would take care of the steadily growing collection of the Mobile MADI Museum. During the 1990s they organized several exhibitions from this material in Hungary and abroad too.

In 1998 Saxon and Dárdai published the first issues of the MADI art periodical which would become the forum of the international MADI movement, and geometric abstract art in general.

From 2000 he has won quite a few scholarships. He was invited to France as a scholar in 2000. During his 5 months stay he painted, taught children, and published his art programme in a booklet: Dimension Pencil (Dimenzióceruza).

In 2001-2002 he received a couple of invitations from the United States and was resident artist in New York City (Staten Island).

In 2002 Géza Perneczky (Germany) wrote a book about Saxon: The Poly-dimensional Fields of Saxon-Szász.

Saxon has been the managing director of the MTA-MADI Gallery (Győr) from 2005. In association with the Hungarian Academy of Sciences Centre for Regional Studies, he organized 3 or 4 exhibitions every year to introduce Hungarian and foreign MADI artist to the public.

He was one of the main organizers of the SupreMADIsm exhibition and conference held in Moscow, spring 2006. With this exhibition he and the other participants paid tribute to Malevich and the masters of Russian Constructivism.

In 2007 he left Budapest and moved to Szokolya.

In 2008, at the 'Ars GEometrica' exhibition in Pécs, children made a huge flower-bed with his geometric patterns.

Individual exhibitions[edit]

2008 Fortaleza (Brazil), Museu de Arte contenporanea
Győr (Hungary), Horváth-Saxon: "Signs of space" and supreMADI
2007 Ettlingen (Germany), Galerie Emilia Suciu: supreMADIsm
Montigni (France), Le Conservatoire des Arts Plasctiques: 3 artistes hongrois
2006 Moscow (Russia), supreMADIsm
2005 Győr (Hungary), MTA-MADI Gallery
Paris (France), ORION centre d’art: géometrique MADI
2004 Budapest (Hungary), Lauder Javne School Gallery
Nay (France), La Minoterie de Nay
2003 Pozsony (Slovakia), Gallery „Z”
Budapest (Hungary), Institut Français
2002 Budapest (Hungary), Baptist Church
2001 Komárom (Slovakia), Gallery Limes
Nice (France), Collèges Joseph Vernier et Victor Duruy
Monaco, École Municipale D’ Arts Plastiques
Budapest (Hungary), Island Gallery
2000 Budapest (Hungary), Light Gallery
Mouans-Sartoux (France), Espace de l’Art Concrete – Maison Beuil

Group exhibitions[edit]

2009 Paris (France), 62. Salon des Réalités Nouvelles
Budapest (Hungary), G13 Gallery: Black and white
2008 Brussels (Belgium), Hungarian Cultural Centre: 7 MADI 7
Paris (France), Maison de l’Amerique Latine: "Mouvement MADI International"
2007 Budapest (Hungary), Vasarely Museum: Black and White
Paris (France), 61. Salon des Réalités Nouvelles
2006 Moscow (Russia), Moscow Museum of Contemporary Art-Hungarian Cultural Centre: "supreMADIsm" Festival
2005 Paris (France), ORION centre d’art, géometrique MADI
Győr (Hungary), MTA-MADI Gallery
Pozsony (Slovakia), Gallery Z: Mobil 1-2-3
Sobral (Brazil), Museu MADI de Sobral: Inauguration
2004 Plzen (Czech Republik), Galerie Mésta Plzné: Geometria MAgyar/Madarská Geometrie Dnes
Milan (Italy), Arte Struktura: l’arte construisce l’europa 20x20
2003 Budapest (Hungary), Millenáris Park: Ars(Dis)Simmetria 3 – Mobil MADI Museum
La Plata (Argentina), MACLA: Movimiento MADI Internacional
Paris (France), Institut Hongrois: KASSÁK et MADI aujourd'hui en Hongrie
2002 Pozsony-Érsekújvár (Slovakia), Galeria „Z”-Kultúrny Institút Mad’arskej Republiky-Galéria umenia: KASSÁK a MADI dnes
2001 Paris (France), Hotel Salomon de Rothschild: Parcs et Jardins de Paris
Karlskrona (Sweden), Batsmanskasernen: Konst MADI
Ettlingen (Germany), Galerie Emilia Suciu: Arte MADI Freie Geometrie
2000 Mouans-Sartoux (France) Galerie Fischer: Abstraction et Figuration
Morsang-sur-Orge (France), Chateau de Morsang-sur-Orge: MADI l’Art Géométrique
Kishinev (Moldova), Galeria National: Ulei / Pánzá


Géza Perneczky (2005). The Poly-dimensional Fields of Saxon-Szász. pp. 104. ISBN 963-204-948-9. (See: Perneczky's website)

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