Péter Pierre Székely
(Budapest, 11. June 1923. - Paris, 3. April 2001.)
1923 Arrival in the world in Budapest, in the middle of Europe.
1924 First stay in France, for one year and since 1946 permanently.
1953 Creation of the first non-figurative monumental sculpture in Paris. First church interior in France.
1954 Creation of the first architecture-sculpture in France, followed by others, icluding the Carmel Church of Valenciennes.
1964 First sculpture in the collection of Musée National d'Art Moderne" de Paris.
1968 Monumental work for the Olimpic Games in Mexico.
1969 First lecture at UNESCO.
1972 Obtained of Frenc nationality through André Malraux. First Japanese student.
1973 Short film edited by the French Foregin Ministry.
1975 Grand Larousse published in Paris with illustrated article.
1977 Foundation of the European Institute of Granite Technology.
1978 Awarded Doctorate Honoris Causa by the Royal Academy of Fine Art of the Hague in Holland in the 1st Biennale Internationale des Arts de la Rue, Paris. Conference missions for the French government in Asia.
1981 Monumental work selected in Lisbon, Portugal.
1982 Retrospective exhibition at the Musée de la Monnaie de Paris, 500 works. The Frenc president purchases a sculpture, presented as a gift to the Israeli president.
1983 Studio visits by the French president. Purchases. Dedication by the president of the sculpture " Peace " erected in Budapest. Retrospective exhibition presented simultaneously on four sites in the capital.
1986 Reading of the commemoration of Henry Moore at the request of UNESCO.
1988 In Japan : representation of France at the International Granite Festival at Aji; a sculpture erected in the square at Sapporo called Pierre Székely and " Stone Dragon ", name received from the master of a Buddhist community.
1989 Sculpture in the U.S. president's collection.
1990 One-man audio-visual exhibition in Paris presenting a hundred monumental works erected across three continents in ten countries and seven capitals. Nomination for the French National Order of Merit.
1991 Individual open-air museum in Pécs, capital of contemporary art in Hungary. Selected among the One Hundred and Eleven Talents and Consciences of Europe. Subject of an articje in "L'Art du XX-eme siecle" by Larousse.
1992 The same article in "Western sculpture from the Middle-Ages to the present" by Larousse.
1993 Short film "Székely" shown on French television. Seventh visiting to Japan, lasting 3 months. Open-air museum in Sekigahara, historical town (Japan). One-man exhibition in Republic of China.
1995 Sculpture placed in the gardens of the Elysée Palace in Paris. Sculpture in the President residence in Budapest.
1996 Large sculpture in Hungarian Institute of Paris. Eleven more sculptures included in Pompidou Centre collections, Paris. Invitation to Komatsu, Japan; monumental sculpture creation. Two weeks filming his creations in Japan. Erection of a monumental sculpture in front of French Institute, Budapest. Pierre Karinthy in France catalogues on computer about thousand creations by Székely.
1997 The hungaria film maker Ilona Bayer prepares in France, I Japan and in Hungary a long film about Székely's lifework. Edition of biographical philosophical book of the sculptor "Forbidden Gods", Palatinus books , Budapest. Beginning of registration on the international Internet audiovisual system by Hervé Béchy in Paris. The philosophy of the sculptor, the book entitled "Forbidden Gods" was published ky Palatinus-Könyvek.
1998 Awarded the Legion of Honour.