István Haraszty 'Sweetie'


The mother tongue of Haraszty is machine. He created a new genre in Hungary, a peculiar version of kinetic sculpture. He makes his artworks all by himself. The main components of his sculptures are mobility, conception and game.
Early Haraszty-objects were constructivist, mobile sculptures with a surrealistic tone - he refers to this period as Play Art, that is to say, social criticism in a playful approach.
Gag, moral parabola and sociological references are present in his works. His art moves from gentle irony to satire or even to pamphlet - narrated in his mechanical language.

Machinery is associated with lassitude and sweating. Haraszty, however, desires to create such a notion that machinery means only good, that it brings us joy and evokes respect without fear. We must love machines, but must never be like them. We mustn't become mechanized.

He is Sweetie because he called everybody sweetie.


1951-1953: machine operator student

1953: machine operator teacher

1964-1970: student in Dési Huber Fine Art Group, his master is Ferenc Laborcz

Solo Exhibitions

1988 daadgalerie, (West-) Berlin

1981 Museum of Applied Arts , Budapest

1977 István király Museum, Székesfehérvár

1975 University of Debrecen Medical School , Debrecen

1972 Kápolnatárlat, Balatonboglár

Fészek Művészklub (Pódium), Budapest, with Molnár Sándor

Egyetemi Színpad (Holmi), Budapest

1969 Ifjú Gárda Community Center, Debrecen

1967 József Attila Community Center, Budapest

Óbudai Shipyard, Budapest

Appearance on Art Fairs

2020 Antik & Art fair, Faur Zsófi Gallery, Budapest

Awards, accomplishments

1988 Munkácsy-prize

1984 a Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst West-Berlin scholarship (it was available for him from 1987 to 88)

Honnorary Mention Award, The Sculptor's Society of Canada, John. B. Aird Gallery, Toronto

1975 Kassák-prize, Hungarian Workshop, Paris

Artworks in Public Collections

Hungarian National Gallery , Budapest

Janus Pannonius Museum, Pécs

Wilhelm-Lehmbruck-Museum, Duisburg

Budapest History Museum

István király Museum, Székesfehérvár

Modern Múzeum, Szöul


1993 Széchenyi Academy of Literature and Arts