Apart from some pieces located in his home country, Kossuth Prize laureate sculptor from Szentendre, Róbert Csíkszentmihályi’s (1940) works can be found in Greece, Sweden, and prominent sites in Italy (St. Mark’s Square, Venice; the Hungarian Chapel of St. Peter’s Basilica, Rome, Gianicolo and Florence). The works of the artist are kept in famous collections such as the Dante Museum in Ravenna, or the British Museum in London.
Besides his public sculpture, his figurine and coin works are also significant. The current exhibition presents his forest and human themed works of his oeuvre. The selection focuses on the artist’s relation to nature, his inspirations from his hikes and the opportunities for soul and character representation.
Csíkszentmihályi’s wood residents appear in different forms over the time: the stag can be majestic, mythical or a tiny figure hiding in the wide space, an empty skeleton, a torso or the savage winner over other preys. It can also lie stretched out in the shadow of the hunter above it, and can also appear as a heavy trophy to show off. The Forest Ranger (1998) and the Wanderer (1998), with traits of human resemblance and vicinity, are the most significant from this series.
The slim human figures looking like tall tree trunks form the other part of the exhibition. Be it a single or two connected figures, the starting-point, the plinth from where the figures unfold reminds us of the plastic pattern of a tree trunk. As if they earned the power and vitality from the deep roots. The figures, representing different life stages, reveal the deep connections of human relations.
We see a narrow slice of his wide-ranging and rich oeuvre displayed at the Forest Hideout exhibition, which gives us an idea of the artist’s road from the 60s: close to nature and to the human soul.
The Green Silence (2011–2017) photo series of photographer Dániel Kovalovszky will also be displayed at the exhibition – the forests with different character and mood, the seized silence, the engrossed approach to nature form an exciting interplay with Róbert Csíkszentmihályi’s sculptures.


Katalin Kopin
Art Historian