In occasion of Akos Birkas’ 80th birthday we would like to celebrate the memory of this great artist and friend with an arte documentation by filmmaker Judith Du Pasquier.
The Hungarian painter and photographer died in 2018 at the age of 76. As gallery we represented his work since the early 1990s. Birkas, who was born in Budapest on October 26, 1941 and studied painting at the Academy of Arts from 1959 to 1965, is best known for his "Heads" series. From the mid-1980s to the late 1990s, he created nearly 200 of these abstract oval head shapes. They are a symbolic condensation of the human face, as Alexej von Jawlensky also developed with his "Meditations," "Abstract Heads" and "Savior's Faces." What Birkas appreciated most about this form of representation was the "pathos" and the "metaphysical" that could be put into abstract painting.
Akos Birkas was not only a great artist but also a charming, humorous and kind-hearted person and friend.
Never forgotten, dearly missed.
Directed by Judith Du Pasquier
Produced by Jean-Paul Boucheny for Image et compagnie/Arte
French and Hungarian with English subtitles.