János Vető

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János Vető. Photo sourced from Discogs

János Vető (born 14 December 1953, Budapest) is a Hungarian visual artist, photographer, video artist, musician, songwriter, singer and composer.[1] He has been involved with non-conformist photo art, visual art and alternative music culture since the late '60s.[2]


Vető was born in Budapest in 1953. He was a child actor at Madách Theater in Budapest. He has been active in photography, film and music since the late '60s. In 1962 he met János Baksa-Soós, the singer of the band Kex. He collaborated with Kex on some of their concerts in 1969-70. He was an intern at the Hungarian News Agency (Hungarian Telegraphic Office) where he worked together with Gergely Molnár, the singer of the band Spions. In the 80s, he created paintings, sculpture and installations with the painter Lóránt Méhes Zuzu using the name Zuzu-Vető. He founded the band Trabant with Gábor Lukin and Marietta Méhes in 1981. Vető has been living in Denmark and Sweden since the early 90s. He deals with digital image making, writes lyrics and music, sings, plays the ukulele and the kaossilator. Since 1990 he has mantained an occasional collaboration with Swedish artist Maria Lavman Vetö, who he is married to, creating music and installations.


Vető founded the Apropos Film Photo experimental film and photo studio with friends around 1966-67, and the art action group KOMMUNART in 1972. His experimental music bands, playing intuitive music, are Kec-Mec, Apropos Filmphoto Cartoonband (Apropó Film Fotó Rajzfilmzenekar) and Hymnus. His first solo photography exhibition, Spárgatárlat, was held at Bercsényi Club in Budapest in 1974.[3] His photographs are considered to be exceptional because of their progressivity and sensitivity.[4][5]

Vető collaborated with the body artist Tibor Hajas. Between 1976 and 1980, as Hajas's photographer, co-worker and friend,[6] Vető participated in the preparation and implementation of Hajas's performances as well as in the creation of works (photo series) based on the performances which were published under both of their names.[7]

Vető began creating "postmodernist social-impressionist neo-barbaric"[8] art with painter Lóránt Méhes Zuzu[9][10] in 1981. They created drawings, paintings, sculpture and textile works using the name Zuzu-Vető. They applied markers, coloured pencils, brushes and spray and decorated their paintings (Two Hearts are a Couple, 1983) and textile works (Work Flag and Love Flag) with beads, feathers and various everyday objects. Stones, bones and transistors were applied on their sculptures (Űrkőkorszaki szoborportrék/Cellar Statue portraits from the Space-Stone Age), and they named their extremely colourful installations made by using blue vitriol and powder paint as "gardens" (Űrkőkorszaki pinceszoborkert/Basement Sculpture Garden from the Stone-Space Age, 1982, Szentendre, Vajda Lajos Studio). Each of their solo exhibitions is an installation that consists of their works and impromptu sculptures, their personal belongings as well as found objects (Tibeti Őszi Tábor/Tibet Autumn Camp, 1981, Budapest, Young Artists Club; Új zászlók, új szelek/New Flags, New Winds 1983, Budapest, Young Artists Club).

Vető founded the band Trabant with Gábor Lukin and Marietta Méhes in 1981, providing the script ideas and the characters for film director and screenwriter János Xantus' film Eskimo Woman Feels Cold. His other ensembles/groups include Malter és Vödör (Mortar and Bucket), Gagarin Pilótazenekar (Gagarin Pilot Band), and Európa Kiadó. He founded I.M.A. (International Music Association) with Ivan E. Vincze in Copenhagen in 1998.[11]

Since the '90s Vető has also been dealing with digital music and digital image making. He creates digital prints and videos using the name NahTe (Pixelvideos).[12] One of his favorite materials is the bubble wrap used for packaging that he adopts as a base for paintings, sculptures, photos and videos.[13][14]

In the summer of 2018 Vető created the Jó idő (Good Time) album with the members of the band Balaton.[15]


Selected solo exhibitions

  • 2020 Duo, Trio, Fluo, aqb Project Space, Budapest
  • 2019 Introduction, Galleri Rostrum, Malmö
  • 2018 Vintage, Bubble Wrap, Pixel, galeri ffrindiau, Budapest - Colored Old Air, Höörs Konsthall, Höör
  • 2016 Vigil, acb NA, Budapest
  • 2013 Witty, Budapest Gallery, Budapest RELAX (with Maria Lavman and Lotte Tauber Lassen), Malmö Nordic 2013, Malmö - We Are Resurrected (Zuzu-Vető), Neon Gallery, Budapest
  • 2012 Public art, Verzó online Gallery
  • 2009 Photographs 1975-1986, Vintage Gallery, Budapest
  • 2008 Beautiful nothing, Me-Mo-Art, Budapest - NahTe 14 videohaiku and other electro-doodling, Pixel Gallery, Budapest - Tibor Hajas latest works in collaboration with János Vető, Vintage Gallery, Budapest
  • 2007 Mari és Évike (Zuzu-Vető), Me-Mo-Art Gallery, Budapest - Zuzu-Vető works – Méhes Lóránt Zuzu retrospective, Ernst Museum, Budapest - Fotografi i fokus, ADDO, Malmö
  • 2006 Zuzu-Vető, Kisterem Gallery, Budapest
  • 2005 Tibor Hajas (1946-1980): Emergency Landing, Ludwig Museum, Budapest
  • 2003 Colored Old Air, Hungarian House of Photography-Mai Manó House, Budapest
  • 1997 In memoriam Tibor Hajas, Ernst Museum, Budapest
  • 1996 Hang on Vision in collaboration with Maria Lavman Vetö, Politiken, Copenhagen - Hommage to the holy light-bulb, Articsók Gallery, Budapest
  • 1995 Hommage to the holy light-bulb (with Maria Lavman Vető), Overgaden - Institute for Contemporary Art, Copenhagen - Ultimate pictures, Vizivárosi Gallery, Budapest
  • 1994 Invisible Unhearable Unbelievable in collaboration with Maria Lavman Vetö, Újlak Gallery, Budapest
  • 1991 Make babies not art in collaboration with Maria Lavman Vetö, Liget Gallery, Budapest
  • 1989 Galerie Notuno, Geneva - Méhes Lóránt, Vető János, Gasner János, Kiss László, Margitszigeti Víztorony, (Margaret Island Water Tower) Budapest
  • 1988 Liget Gallery, Budapest - Guitar lesson for Aliens, Almássy Hall, Budapest
  • 1987 Photographs with artificial light, Almássy Hall, Budapest - New York-New York, Liget Gallery, Budapest - Budapest-New York, Kunstlicht Galerie, Frankfurt
  • 1986 Photos, Liget Gallery, Budapest
  • 1985 Post-traditionelle Kunst, Galeria Mana, Vienna
  • 1984 Flags, obo, obosutras, Stúdió Gallery, Budapest
  • 1983 New flags, New Winds, Young Artists Club, Budapest - Ifjúsági Ház (Youth House), Székesfehérvár
  • 1982 Cellar Sculpture Garden, Vajda Lajos Studio, Szentendre - It's beautiful today, Rabinext Gallery, Budapest
  • 1981 Tibet Autumn Camp, (Zuzu-Vető), Young Artists Club, Budapest - Zelfportret en Dialog, Galerij Micheline Swajcer, Antwerp - New Tractor Operating Agency, Bercsényi Club, Budapest - Bam-Bam, Just A Little Louder * 1980 ... Bercsényi Club, Budapest
  • 1979 Excavation, Bercsényi Club, Budapest
  • 1977 Galerie Schweidebraden, Berlin
  • 1975 Young Artists Club, Budapest
  • 1974 ’Spárgatárlat’, Bercsényi Club, Budapest
  • 1973 Concept art, Tomb of Gül Baba, villa Wágner, Budapest

Selected group exhibitions

  • 2019 - Epoch Treasures, Danube Museum, Esztergom
  • 2018 - Promote, Tolerate, Ban: Art and Culture in Cold War Hungary, Wende Museum, Culver City, California
  • 2017 - Summer Show, acb Gallery, Budapest - Two-way movement Focus: Hungary, viennacontemporary, Vienna - With the Eyes of Others, Elizabeth Dee Gallery, New York - Hungarian Gaze, National Museum, Warsaw
  • 2016 - Lights of the Night. Cooperation and Interaction with Tibor Hajas, Cabaret Voltaire, Zürich - The Freedom of the Past, Mai Manó Ház, Budapest
  • 2014 - Waldsee 1944 and Cruel mailing – Anti-Semitic postcards 1895-1930, 2B Gallery, Budapest - Fetish, Taboo, Relic, Vajda Lajos Studio, Szentendre - 1, 2, ! ? „Itt jelentkezzen öt egyforma ember” – Concept ’palimszeszt’ or the Hungarian conteptualism, Art Gallery, Paks - Hungarian Hippies, Karton Gallery, Budapest
  • 2013 - The Naked Man, Ludwig Museum, Budapest
  • 2010-2012 Global All Stars concerts, Islands Brygge, Copenhagen
  • 2012 - The Other Half of the Sky. Selection from the Ludwig Museum's Collection, Ludwig Museum, Budapest
  • 2009 - Karneval-Karneval, Erlangen / Berlin - Gallery Night Budapest, Mucius Gallery, Budapest - NOW, Gödör Terasz Gallery, Budapest - Kontor Orkester Rostrum, Malmö - „Brännaren 2”, Malmö - Björn Ross Micro Art Festival, Rostrum, Malmö - Berlinale special on Central European Cold War Films, Berlin
  • 2008 - Beautiful Nothing, MeMoArt Gallery, Budapest -14 Videohaiku and other electro-scratch, Pixel Gallery, Budapest - Karneval-Karneval, Fleet Street Theater, Hamburg - János Vető – Photographs 1975-1986, Vintage Gallery, Budapest - Neo-avantgarde tendencies, Zichy Castle, Budapest
  • 2007 - „Mari és Évike” (Zuzu-Vető), MeMoArt Gallery, Budapest
  • 2006 - Karneval-Karneval, Fleet Street Theater, Hamburg - Urban Contact Zone: Sharing Areas – Using Places, Hamburg
  • 2005 - What’s Next? – Neighborhoods and Artistic Practices, Copenhagen - Neofoton, Szentendre - FMK – those 80s’, Kogart, Budapest
  • 2001 - Regard Hongrois – Hungarian Gaze, Palais Royal, Paris
  • 2002 - New works, Liget Gallery, Budapest
  • 2000 - Media Modell - Interactive technics, Kunsthalle, Budapest
  • 1999 - Documentum, Kunsthalle, Budapest
  • 1995 - Encuentro en Copenhagen – Reencuentro en Bilbao, (with Maria Lavman Vetö, Ada Ortega Camara, Peter Lind) La Brocha, Bilbao
  • 1994 - Group picture, Vigadó Gallery, Budapest -’80s – Fine Arts, Ernst Museum, Budapest- Variations for Pop Art, Ernst Museum, Budapest
  • 1994 - Panel(with Maria Lavman Vető, Lotte Tauber Lassen), Liget Gallery, Budapest
  • 1993 - Panel (with Maria Lavman Vető, Lotte Tauber Lassen), Fotografisk Galleri, Copenhagen
  • 1993 - "The Hungarian Epigon Exhibition 2", in collaboration with Maria Lavman Vetö Kampnagel, Hamburg
  • 1992 - "Ung Skulptur", in collaboration with Maria Lavman Vetö, Skovlunde Bypark, Köpenhamn
  • 1991 - "The general art-strike exhibition Perpeetum Mobile" in collaboration with Maria Lavman Vetö, Genéve, Antwerpen
  • 1991 - Still Life (with Maria Lavman Vető and Szerencsés János) Fészek Gallery, Budapest
  • 1990 - TRIUMF det ubeboelige, Charlottenborg, Kobenhaven / Kunsthalle, Budapest
  • 1989 - Junge Ungarische Fotografen, Galerie Treptow / Galerie Pumpe, Berlin - The Metamorphic Medium : New Photography from Hungary, The Alllen Memorial Museum, Oberlin, Ohio
  • 1988 - Zeitgenössische Ungarische Fotografie. Fotogalerie Wien, Vienna
  • 1987 - Ungarsk samtids forografi, Museet der Fotokunst Out of Eastern Europe: Private Photography, MIT Visual Arts Centre, Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • 1986-87 - Aspekte Ungarischer Malerei der Gegenwart, Erholungshaus der Bayer AG, Leverkusen / Stadhalle Hagen / Stadthaus Galerie, Münster
  • 1986 - 1ère Biennale Internationale pour la Photographie d`Art et de Recherche,Galerie Dongue, Paris - In Quotes, Csók István Képtár, Székesfehérvár
  • 1985 - 101 objects, Óbuda Gallery, Budapest - Unkarin maalaustaidetta 1945-1985, Kaupungin talon Ala-Aula, Helsinki - Hungarian Arts in Glasgow – Eighteen Artists, Glasgow Art Center, Glasgow - Drei Generationen Ungarischer Künstler, Neue Galerie am Landesmuseum, Graz - Caption, Kunsthalle, Budapest
  • 1984 - Newly painted, Ernst Museum, Budapest - Plánum ’84 Art Festival, Almássy Hall, Budapest - Gud & Gramatik, Charlottenborg, Kobenhaven - Grenzzeichen ’84, Landesgalerie im Schloss Esterházy, Eisenstadt
  • 1983 - "Álomi szép képek", Óbuda Gallery, Budapest
  • 1982 - Egoland Art, Fészek Gallery, Budapest
  • 1981 - Tendencies 1970-1978, Óbuda Gallery, Budapest - Fact-picture – The History of Hungarian Photography 1840-1981, Kunsthalle Art und Telekomunikation, Vienna-Berlin-Budapest
  • 1980 - 6 Hongaarse kunstenaars, Museum Hedendaagse, Antwerpen
  • 1979 - Biennale of Sydney, The Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney - Works and Words, De Appel Arts Centre, Amsterdam
  • 1978 - Moderne Fotografie aus Ungarn, Galerie Schwaindebraden, Berlin
  • 1976 - Exposition, Hatvany Lajos Museum, Hatvan
  • 1975 - Montage, Young Artists Club, Budapest
  • 1974 - Comic, Young Artists Club, Budapest


  • Zuzu-Vető: Új zászlók, új szelek/ New Flags new Winds. in: Radio Artpool No.3, Casette-radio, radio-work. Budapest-Vienna Concert over the Phone, 1983.[16]
  • Trabant: Eszkimó asszony fázik (Eskimo Woman Feels Cold), 1984
  • Európa Kiadó: PopZENe, 1987
  • Európa Kiadó: Koncert a Zichy kastélyban / Concert at Zichy Castle, 1986/1990
  • Az Éjszakák Egyesült Álma / United Dream of Night’s: A Hymnus én vagyok avagy az Apropó film-fotó rajzfilm zenekar igaz története, 1988[17]
  • Apropófilmfotórajzfilmzenekar: A forradalom után / After the revolution
  • Mia Santa Maria and Kina Herceg: Kézimunka / Handwork, 1990
  • Mia Santa Maria and KINA Herceg: Johnny gitár, 1991 (soundtrack for Sándor Sőth's movie)[18]
  • Mia Santa Maria and KINA Herceg: Mosolyszünet / Stop smiling, 1994, cassette, Bahia Music
  • The Intuitiv Trio: Concert, 2004[19]
  • NETRAF-music: NETRAF-titok (száj- és körömfájás). Műzene műfényben / NETRAF-secret (hoof and mouth disease) - Mock-Music in Mock-Light[20]
  • BHGIM Intuitive records
  • Tapintat band: Jó idő / Good time. János Vető aKína herceg NahTe CsendVan (pronounced: XendFan) with Balaton, 2018.[15]
  • NahTe: Süss fel Nap! VillanyNahTe 2018. október /Let the sun shine! ElectricNahTe 2018 October


  • János NahTe Vető (Vető Kína Herceg): Színezett régi levegő. A NahTe bemutatja Vető János és Kína herceg fényképmunkáit digitális nyomatokon + néhány eredeti ezüstzselatin című, a Magyar Fotográfusok Házában 2003. május 24. és 2003 július 8. között rendezett kiállítás katalógusa, CD melléklettel Ed.: László Beke , Gabriella Csizek; Hungarian House of Photography – MTA Művészettörténeti Kutatóintézet, Bp., 2003 /Coloured Old Air; 2003. Budapest, Books of the Hungarian House of Photography (catalogue of the exhibition Colored Old Air, Hungarian House of Photography, 24 May 2003-8 July 2003, with CD, Hungarian House of Photography-Institute of Art History, Hungarian Academy of Sciences) ISBN 963-210-378-5 (in Hungarian)
  • Image whipping. Tibor Hajas' (1946-1980) photo works with János Vető / Képkorbácsolás. Hajas Tibor (1946-1980) Vető Jánossal készített fotómunkái. Ed: László Beke, Transl.: Csaba Kozák; MTA Művészettörténeti Kutatóintézet Bp., 2004 ISBN 963-738-179-1 (in Hungarian, in English)
  • Géza Bereményi – János Vető : Antoine és Désiré. Fényképregény az 1970-es évekből; photo: János Vető; Corvina, Bp., 2017. Antoine and Désire. Photoromance from '70. ISBN 9789631364705 (in Hungarian)


  • János Vető: A fény éjszakái (Hajas Tiborról)/ Nights of Light (About Tibor Hajas); in: Orpheus, 1999/21.[21]
  • János NahTe Vető (Vető Kína Herceg): Photoessay, 1999[22]
  • NahTe: Neon mese / Neon tale, 2013[23]


  • 2010 - Munkácsy Award[4]
  • 2009 - Major János Award NEWNEEFLUGREEZ Jesus Christ Award[24]
  • 1987 - Derkovits Gyula Award (with Méhes Lóránt)[24]


  • Sándor Szilágyi: Neoavantgard tendenciák a magyar fotóművészetben 1965-1984. FotóKultúra – Ú-M-K, Budapest, 2007[4] ISBN 9789639609709
  • Paula Ely: János Vető Nahte. Photoculture 01 August 2018[5]
  • Tibor Hajas: Töredékek az „új fotóról”-ról. Mozgó Világ. 1977[6]
  • Emese Kürti: János Vető: Vigil, acb NA, Budapest, 2016[7]
  • Noémi Forián Szabó: Nyugi, nyugi a szociálimpesszionista neobarbár kerék forog. in: Artmagazin 2006/6.[8]
  • „NahTe videohaikui és elektrofirkái” – Vető János videóinak kiállítása., 2008[12]
  • Kata Balázs: Színezett régi levegõ. NahTe bemutatja Vetõ János és KINAherceg fényképmunkáit in: Balkon 2003/6-7.[13]
  • Carolina Söderholm: En ungersk bubblare. János Vető aka NahTe: Colored old air, Höörs konsthall, t o m 18/11. Sydsvenskan 10 November 2018[14]
  • Galántai György beszélgetése Beke Lászlóval a Vető–Zuzu kiállítás kapcsán. in: Artpool Letters, 1983/2. (February)[25]
  • Endre Rózsa T.: Vető János. Egy elsüllyedt kontinens túlélője; in: Fotóművészet, 2015/3.[26]


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