Botond (artist)

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Botond (born March 3, 1949 in Pécs , Hungary as Botond László Kardos or as Ferenczi Botond; † October 27, 2010 in Nuremberg ) was a sculptor , draftsman and object artist . He lived and worked in Nuremberg and Budapest .


life and work

Botond spent his school days in southern Hungary. He completed his training at the University of Applied Arts in Budapest in 1975. After four years as a freelance goldsmith, he moved to Germany in 1979 to devote himself to fine art. In the first years of the transition he was entrusted with the management of the gallery of the professional association of visual artists in Nuremberg. The associated encounter with artists and gallery owners from Western and Southern Europe was groundbreaking for Botond. Galleries in Cologne, Hamburg, Munich and Nuremberg regularly presented his work in exhibitions and at the art fairs in Cologne and Frankfurt.

For more than 30 years until his death in 2010, Botond lived and worked mainly in Nuremberg. Numerous exhibitions and large-scale projects contributed to the fact that it also gained attention beyond Germany's borders.

Since the early 1980s, Botond has been working on complex cycles such as the book and library, zengö, homage, civitas, homo bellicosus, and sleep. These groups of works, which he worked on over long periods of time, dealt with the burning of books, the disregard for nature, the extermination of Romanian villages, the inhumanity of the cities or the warlike side of man.

For his sculptures and objects, Botond used sheet metal, bronze, steel wire, and later plastics, especially truck tarpaulins. In addition to various welding machines and sewing machines, he also used machines that he himself designed "in the spirit of Leonardo" and that were tailored to his needs for the technical implementation of his ideas. He developed various processing and shaping techniques in lengthy experiments. Drawings accompanied his groups of works as independent works of art.

Since 1980 Botond lived with the museum educator Lioba Pilgram. From this partnership a community of interests grew out of which a number of works in public space emerged.

Botond showed his work in many places. His preference, however, was for rooms steeped in history. His work was shown not only in museums, galleries and in public places, but also in bunkers, in the Golden Hall of the former Nuremberg Nazi party rally grounds, in town hall halls, quarries, monasteries, in abandoned artist domiciles and on library grounds.

Botonds died after a serious cancer illness. His estate is administered by his widow Lioba Pilgram.

Solo exhibitions (selection)

  • Echo, Koppelmann Gallery, Cologne 1987
  • 232 ° C, Golden Hall of the former Nazi party rally grounds, Nuremberg 1989
  • Homage, Kunsthalle Budapest 1990
  • Kampl Gallery, Munich 1991
  • Civitas, Dominican Monastery Frankfurt am Main, 1991
  • University Library Klagenfurt 1992
  • Bunker, protective bunker Nuremberg 1993
  • University Library Göttingen 1995
  • Chapel Art Center, Cologne and Hamburg 1995
  • Goethe Institute Budapest 1996
  • Nuremberg Peace Supper 1999,
  • Historical town hall hall Nuremberg 1999
  • Homo Bellicosus, Kiscelli Múzeum, Budapest 2000
  • Arche, Nuremberg City Library , Pellerhaus, Nuremberg 2003
  • Sleep.Sommeil, Musée Arthur Rimbaud and Musée de l'Ardenne, Charleville-Mézières 2005
  • Schlaf, Stadtmuseum Siegburg 2007
  • Last Supper, artwork Nippes, Cologne 2009
  • Schlaf_Alvás, artwork Nippes, Cologne 2010
  • A Vacsora - The Last Supper, MODEM Center for Modern and Contemporary Arts, Debrecen 2012
  • BOTOND - Heads in the Art Gallery Fürth, retrospective in the Art Gallery Fürth , 2014

Works in public space


  • Echo, a room installation, 1986–1987, Kunsthalle Nürnberg , 1987
  • Homage, a room installation project, 1987/1990, Kunsthalle Budapest , 1990
  • Library, a room installation project, 1987–1993, building yard bunker, Nuremberg, 1993
  • The art objects for the Nuremberg Peace Supper 1999, Historic City Hall Hall, Nuremberg, 1999
  • Hood 2000 (Gate 2000), Budapest, 2000
  • Homo Bellicosus 2000, Kiscelli-Múzeum, Budapest, 2000
  • Sommeil.Sleeping 2000–2005, Musée Arthur Rimbaud and Musée de l'Ardenne, Charleville-Mézières; Ernst Múzeum Budapest; Siegburg City Museum; 2005
  • Botond. The artistic work, work monograph, 2012

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Botond on Facebook , accessed February 6, 2013.
  2. accessed on February 6, 2013
  3. Brutality behind the facades of merriment , accessed on February 6, 2013.
  4. Botond. The artistic work. 1980-2010. Retrieved February 6, 2013
  5. The art was his life. Mourning Botond. Retrieved February 6, 2013
  6. ^ Art seeks accommodation , accessed on February 6, 2013.