JŠnos Kass (1927-2010) was born in Szeged, Hungary. He began his artistic studies at the Applied Art Academy and finished in 1951 at the Academy of Fine Arts, a student of Gyula Hincz, György Kádár, and György Konecsni. From 1956 to 1959 he held the Derkovits scholarship. From 1961 to 1962 he was assistant professor at the Book-Art Academy in Leipzig, Germany.
He regularly takes part in every major national exhibition at home and abroad. He has had one-man shows in Italy (1963), Australia (1970), and Switzerland (1976). He participated in the Venice Biennial (1960), Youth Biennial in Paris (1961), and Biennials in Lugano, Tokyo, Ljubljana, Sao Paolo, Buenos Aires, and "Intergrafik" exhibitions in Berlin.
He is a versatile and peerlessly original artist who fills up the simplest subjects with thoughts.
There is a permanent exhibition of his works in Szeged, his birthplace.

Prizes and Distinctions:

1954 Munkácsy Prize
1958 Silver Medal, World Competition, Brussels
1966 Eminent Artist
1966 "The Most Beautiful Book in the World", Leipzig
1967 Munkácsy Prize
1977 Gold Medal, Leipzig
1977 Eminent Artist
1986 Merited Artist
1992 Officer's Cross Order of The Republic of Hungary
1999 Kossuth Prize
1999 "The Most Beautiful Book in the World", Frankfurt

Exhibitions:

1973 Norway
1982 Bath Festival, UK
1986 Cambridge, UK
1987 Hamburg
1989 Aachen, Germany
1989 Novi-Sad, Croatia
1989 Finland
1991 London
1992, 1993 Cyprus
1993 Edinburgh
1994 Bologna
1994 Stuttgart
1996 Copenhagen
1998 Slovakia

Works in Public Collections:

Bankside Gallery, London
Deutsche Bücherei, Leipzig
Fitz William Museum, Cambridge Herman Otto Museum, Miskolc
Katolische Akademie, Hamburg
Kunst Museum, Basel
MIT, Boston
Moravska Gallery, Brno
Museum of Modern Art, Cleveland
Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest
National Gallery, Pozsony
Pinakhotek, Vienna
Shakespeare Museum, Stratford

References:

Bénézit, Emmanuel: Dictionnaire critique et documentaire des, sculpteurs et dessinateurs. Paris, Librairie Gründ, 1976, Volume VI., p. 169.
Amstutz, Walter: Who's Who in Graphic Art; Dubendorf 1982, Vol. II., p. 457.
P.Sz.T.: Contemporary Hungarian Painters and Sculptors; Budapest 1985, pp. 141-142.
Halas, John: Postage Stamps: Recent Designs From Hungary; Novem Gebrauchsgraphik, Vol. LX., pp. 54-58.
Seregélyi, György: Hungarian Painters and Graphic Artists Lexicon 1800-1988; Szeged 1988, p. 293.
Biográf: Who's Who in Hungary; 1990, p. 287.
Fitz, Péter: Contemporary Hungarian Art Lexicon; Budapest, Enciklopédia Kiadó, 2000, Volume 2, pp. 300-302.

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