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Lóránd Hegyi, was born on April 19, 1954 in Budapest, Hungary is an art historian, curator and writer.


Lorand Hegyi studied History, Art History and Aesthetics and received his PhD from Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE) in Budapest. He worked as researcher at the Institute of Art History in the 1980s and taught at ELTE University in Budapest as well as at Karl-Franzens-Universität in Graz. He dedicated himself to curating contemporary art exhibitions in Hungary, Austria and Germany while writing art historical and theoretical texts about Modernism and Post-Modernism.

Career in the Public Institutions

1977-1999  Researcher at the Institute of Art History of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest

1990-2001  Director of the Ludwig Museum (Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig) in Vienna, Austria

2002-2006  Art Director of the PAN, (Palazzo Arte Napoli - Centre Of Contemporary Art Naples), Italy

2003-2016  Director of the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Saint-Etienne (Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain de Saint-Etienne), France

From 2017  Art Director of the Parkview Museum Beijing/Singapore, China/Singapore

Life and Work

Shortly after the fall of the Berlin Wall, he was invited to Austria, where from 1990 to 2001 he was director of the Museum of Modern Art Foundation Ludwig Vienna, where he developed one of the largest and most complex collections of Contemporary art of the countries of Eastern Europe and Central Europe, to which he dedicates two great exhibitions: Reduktivismus - Abstraktion in Polen, Tschechoslowakei, Ungarn (Vienna, 1992), Aspects, positions: Fifty years of art in Central Europe (Vienna, Barcelona, Southampton 1999).

In 1995, he was art director of the Triennial of Sculpture Fellbach, Germany where he presented the show Europe – Asia, with forty artists from Asian countries. In 1999, he curated the exhibition 50 Years of Art in Central Europe 1949-1999 (Vienna, Budapest, Southampton) and the show La Casa, il Corpo, il Cuore – Construction of Identities (Vienna, Prague). In 2001, he opened the new contemporary art museum MUMOK, Vienna.

1996 Enver Hadžiomerspahić invited Lorand Hegyi to work at the project Ars Aevi , which was founded in 1992 during wartime. Through donations a great collection of contemporary art was created in Sarajevo. Lorand Hegyi organised about 200 donations from international artists for the collection, which he presented in Vienna and Sarajevo. Furthermore he curated several exhibitions in Sarajevo.

From 2003 to 2016 he was director of the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Saint-Etienne. He emphasized in his exhibition and acquisition program a new global regard on contemporary art which included art from Central and East Europe as well, as contemporary art from Asia. He developed the collection of the tendencies of the 70’s and 80’s both from USA and Global Europe as well, as the new tendencies in Asian contemporary art. He created the exhibition series of contemporary drawing “Cabinet de Dessin” and a series of thematic exhibitions focusing on an anthropological vision of art like “Domicile – Private/Public” and “Fragile”. Lorand Hegyi systematically presented a lot of great contemporary masters like Jannis Kounellis, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Giovanni Anselmo, Günther Uecker, Dennis Oppenheim, Richard Nonas, Joel Shapiro, Roman Opalka, Orlan, Bertrand Lavier, Gilbert & George, Anne et Patrick Poirier, Georg Baselitz, Tony Cragg, Peter Halley, Anish Kapoor, etc..

In 2016 he curated the exhibitions “Intriguing Uncertainties - Contemporary Drawing” in Saint-Etienne, the “Challenging Beauty – Italian Art after the 60s” in Beijing and the “Disturbing Narratives” in Singapore. In 2017, he was nominated to Art Director of The Parkview Museum Beijing/Singapore where he created an important collection of contemporary Italian art. In 2017, he curated the first show of the "BRIDGING ASIA/EUROPE" exhibition series in The Parkview Museum Bejing, which presents artists from Asia and Europe in a form of dialogue. In 2017 he curated the exhibition "Anish Kapoor – My Red Homeland" in Saint-Etienne and the show “The Artist’s Voice” in Singapore.

Selected Exhibitions

  • Eclectic - New Tendencies in Contemporary Hungarian Art (Hungarian National Gallery, 1986)
  • La coesistenza dell’arte - Un modello espositivo (La Biennale di Venezia, 1993)
  • The Austrian Vision - Three Generations of Austrian Artists (Fundacion “La Caixa”, Madrid, 1994)
  • Abstract / Real: Reference Malevich, Duchamp, Beuys (Ludwig Museum, Vienna, 1996)
  • Hermann Nitsch: Orgien-Mystherien-Theater (Palazzo dell’Esposizioni, Roma, 1996)
  • Sensitivities - Contemporary Art from Central Europe (European Academy for the Arts, London, 1998)
  • CONCEPTS OF SPACE (Fundacio Miro, Barcelona, 2002) ISBN. 9788493215927 / 8493215929
  • Gilbert & George: Twenty London East One Pictures (Musée d’Art Moderne de Saint-Etienne / Kestnergesellschaft Hannover, 2004) ISBN. 2-910055-21-3
  • Domicile - Private & Public (Musée d’Art Moderne de Saint-Etienne, 2005) ISBN. 2-85056-897-X
  • The Giving Person (Palazzo delle Arti Napoli, 2005) ISBN. 9788851003258 / 8851003254
  • Dennis Oppenheim (Fondazione Volume, Roma, 2005) ISBN. 9788836620449
  • Lee Ufan (Musée d’Art Moderne de Saint-Etienne, 2006) ISBN. 9782916277028 / 2916277021
  • Roman Opalka: Octogon (Musée d’Art Moderne de Saint-Etienne, 2006)
  • Something Happened - Aspects of New Narratives (Slovenska Narodna Galeria, Bratislava, 2006)
  • ZERO: Avant-garde International 1950-1960 (Musée d’Art Moderne de Saint-Etienne / Kunstpalast Dusseldorf, 2006)
  • Zeng Fanzhi (Musée d’Art Moderne de Saint-Etienne, 2006)
  • Micro-Narratives (Octobersalon, Belgrade Cultural Centre, 2007)
  • Sean Scully: Une rétrospective (Musée d’Art Moderne de Saint-Etienne, 2007)
  • Voyage Sentimental (Poznan Biennale, 2008)
  • Antony Gormley: Between You and Me  (Musée d’Art Moderne de Saint-Etienne, 2009)
  • Essential Experiences (Palazzo Riso, Palermo 2009) ISBN. 9788837073909 / 8837073909
  • Fragile - Fields of Empathy (Musée d’Art Moderne de Saint-Etienne / Daejeon Museum of Art, 2007)
  • The Bearable Lightness of Being (Mostra Internazionale di Architettura, La Biennale di Venezia, 2010)
  • Never Found Islands (Palazzo Ducale, Genova / National Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, 2010)
  • Dennis Oppenheim (Musée d’Art Moderne de Saint-Etienne, 2011) ISBN. 9788836620449
  • Chung Sang-Hwa: Painting Archeology (Musée d’Art Moderne de Saint-Etienne, 2011) ISBN. 9788995635285 / 8995635282
  • Enrico Castellani - Günther Uecker (Ca’Pesaro, Venezia, 2012) ISBN. 9788836626960 / 8836626963
  • Speaking Artists (Busan Art Museum, 2012)
  • Jan Fabre: Les années de l’Heure Bleue (Musée d’Art Moderne de Saint-Etienne, 2012)
  • Peter Halley: Since 2000 (Musée d’Art Moderne de Saint-Etienne, 2014)
  • Jannis Kounellis  (Musée d’Art Moderne de Saint-Etienne, 2014) ISBN. 9788836629466 / 8836629466
  • Jonathan Lasker (Musée d’Art Moderne de Saint-Etienne, 2015) ISBN. 9782849753675
  • Giovanni Anselmo (Musée d’Art Moderne de Saint-Etienne, 2015)
  • Intriguing Uncertainty (Musée d’Art Moderne de Saint-Etienne, 2016)
  • Anne et Patrick Poirier: Danger Zones  (Musée d’Art Moderne de Saint-Etienne, 2016)
  • The Artists’s Voice (Parkview Museum, Singapore, 2017)
  • Anish Kapoor: My Red Homeland (Musée d’Art Moderne de Saint-Etienne, 2017)
  • Disturbing Narratives (Parkview Museum, Singapore, 2018)
  • Dentro il Disegno / Inside the Drawing (Disegno Saluzzo, La Castiglia, Saluzzo, 2019)

Invited public projects and Committee

Lorand Hegyi also co-curated the Biennale de Venice in Italy 1993, Toyama Biennale in Japan 1993, Stuttgart Sculpture Triennale in Germany 1995, Biennale of Valencia in 2003, Poznan Biennale in Poland in 2008. He was the member of many important Art Committee such as the European Investment Bank in Luxembourg, Committee of the LUXEMBURG FOUNDATION, Committee of the Salzburg Foundation in Austria, French National Art Committee, France, Committee of La Societe Generale, France etc

Selected publications / books

  • New Sensibility : Change of Paradigm in Contemporary Art, Magvető Könyvkiadó, Budapest (1983) ISBN. 9631400670 / 978-9631400670
  • Avantgarde and Trans-Avantgarde : Periods of Modern Art, Magvető Könyvkiadó, Budapest (1986) ISBN. 9631408752 / 9789631408751
  • Selections from the Second Wave of the Hungarian Avant-Garde 1930-1960. New York, NY: Paul Kovesdy Gallery (1988)
  • Alexandria - Essays on Contemporary Art, Jelenkor Kiadó / Pécs (1995) ISBN. 963-676-026-8
  • Experience and Fiction - Modernism, Avantgarde, Trans-Avantgarde, Jelenkor Irodalmi / Művészeti Kiadó (1991) ISBN. 9637770178 / 978-9637770173
  • Diversities, Edizione Charta, Milano (2004) ISBN. 9788881584895 / 8881584891
  • The Courage to be Alone - Re-inventing of Narratives in Contemporary Art, Edizione Charta, Milano (2004)
  • Fragilité de la narration, SKIRA/Flammarion Milano/Paris (2008 / 2009) ISBN. 9788857203768 / 885720376X
  • Arte in Centro Europa, Silvana Editoriale, Milano (2011) ISBN. 8836617158 / 9788836617159
  • Contemporary Art on Show, Silvana Editoriale, Milano (2012) ISBN. 8836623840 / 9788836623846
  • Roman Opalka’s Essentiality, Editore Aragno, Torino (2015)
  • Significante Incertezza, Hapax Editore, Torino (2016)
  • Painters of Uncertainty - Remarks on Narrative in Contemporary Painting, Silvana Editoriale, Milano (2017)
  • Narratives in Contemporary Art, Silvana Editoriale, Milano (2018) ISBN. 9788836642472 / 8836642470
  • Tre Maestri: Roman Opalka, Ilya Kabakov, Jannis Kounellis - Interrogazione sul tempo,  Mondadori Electa, Milano (2019) ISBN. 9788891827289 / 8891827282


  • Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur, France (2009)
  • Chevalier de l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres, France (1999)
  • Cavaliere della Repubblica Italiana per Meriti Culturali, Italy (2000)
  • Gran Cruz de la Orden del Merito Civil, Spain (2000)
  • Grosser Ehrenkreutz Der Republik Osterreich , Austria (2016)
  • Honorary degree honoris causa (2006)
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