Statement

A state of void space where there is no compliance. That is the realm in which I can immerse and experience unconditional freedom. It encourages me to explore my inner visions. The process and the act of creation is what inspires me. Because of its structural nature, weaving is an important tool of expression in my practice. I create objects and installations which I can approach in this empty space.

Biography

Tünde Újszászi conducted her studies at Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design (MOME) in Budapest, where she finished with a MA Textile Designer degree (2010). During this period she also had a chance to spend a semester at the Aalto University in Helsinki, which further enriched her scope of vision and helped in forming her visual language (2009). Later she continued her academic path as a student of Arts and Design Teacher department finishing with Masters degree (2013). Her works were featured in several group exhibitions in Helsinki, Munich, Lugano, Guimarães and one of the works became part of a public collection of Contextile Biennial, Guimarães, Portugal.

Topics that Tünde is exploring in her oeuvre are the illusion of permanence and the ever-changing nature of all our surrounding, which she examines through large-scale, woven installations and through series of paintings. Tünde’s primary inspiration as a visual artist is the material itself and the possibilities it beholds. It is the process of form creation and the way these pieces occupy the space that she is intrigued by. In her works Tünde examines the notion of time and the state of presence. The fiction of permanence, the conservation and stopping of time are expressed in the installations as a desire, which is rooted in her fear of the unknown and passing away.

Tünde Újszászi was born in 1987 in Hungary. Currently lives and works in Tahitótfalu.

2020-2021: Artist teacher, Textile Department, Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design, Budapest 

Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions

2021
Delta installation | Galerie Pugliese Levi, Berlin

2019
Objects | Galerie Pugliese Levi, Berlin

Group Exhibitions

2021

Master and Apprentice | Romanian Cultural Institute, Budapest; Hungarian Cultural Institute, Bucharest
One by one | Galerie Pugliese Levi, Berlin

2020
Transparency | Galerie Pugliese Levi, Berlin

2019
Context | GIM—House, Gödöllő, Apol Temesi & Tünde Újszászi
Almost nothing | Galerie Pugliese Levi, Berlin

2017
States of Mind | Pegazus, Szentbékálla

2016
Contextile | Palacio Centro Cultural Vila Flor, Guimarães, Portugal
ArtPlacc | Tihany
Essenceless | Mono Art & Design Gallery, Budapest, 
Tünde Újszászi & Ákos Rajnai 
The starting lineup | Karinthy Saloon, Budapest

2015
Design Affair | Nádor Gallery, Pécs
FISE Textile | Bartók32 Gallery, Budapest

2014
YICCA | Innovation Lab, Lugano, Switzerland
Visegrad4 Symposium | Egon Schiele Art Centrum, Český Krumlov
Moholy—Kozma Grant Holders | Museum of Applied Arts, Budapest

2013
TEXTILE+ | selected exhibition, Museum of Applied Arts, Budapest
EXIT | FISE Gallery, Budapest, Csilla Szilágyi & Tünde Újszászi

2012
BKV Prize 2012 | Galerie für Angewandte Kunst, Munich, Honorable mention
TEXTILE+ | 4th Triennial of Textile, Art Gallery Szombathely
FISE 30 | Museum of Applied Arts, Budapest
Moholy—Kozma Grant Holders | Museum of Applied Arts, Budapest

2009
RYIJY?, RUG?, RYA? | Cabel Factory, Helsinki

Public Collection

Contextile, Guimarães, Portugal | Artwork: Triangle

Scholarships

2018
National Cultural Fund of Hungary, Supporting a new artwork | Artwork: Sphere series

2014
National Cultural Fund of Hungary, Supporting a new artwork | Artwork: Difference
Artist Residency, Visegrad4 Symposium, Egon Schiele Art Centrum, Český Krumlov

2013, 2011
Lajos Kozma Crafts and Design Grant, Hungary

2010
Republican Scholarship, MOME, Budapest

Prizes

2014
Young International Contest of Contemporary Art, Lugano, 2nd prize

2012
BKV Prize, Munich, Honorable mention

Publications

Transparency exhibition catalogue, 2020, Galerie Pugliese Levi, Berlin

Slézia József. 2019. Kortárs magyar kerámia, üveg, textil design 2000-2019-ig. (201-203.) Budapest: Magyar Design Kulturális Alapítvány.

10 Jahre BKV-Preis catalogue 2016, Dr. Monika Fahn, Prof. Dr. Thomas Raff, Tünde Újszászi (78-79. p.), ISBN 978-3-929727-72-2

Contextile 2016 catalogue, Contemporary Textile Art Biennial, Guimarães, Portugal, Tünde Újszászi: Triangle (104-105. p.), ISBN 978-989-96552-4-9

Symposium 2014, Hommage Á Jiří Kolář (1914–2002) catalogue, Hana Jirmusová Lazarowitz, ISBN 978-80-86789-18-7

Textile Forum Magazine 4/2012, Digital Design, Tünde Újszászi: Painted canvas (2. p.), ISSN 1431-3529