Lechner, a Creative Genius: Exhibition in honour of Ödön Lechner

Venue: Museum of Applied Arts, Budapest, Time of Opening: 19 November 2014. Open until May 2015. Organising Institutions: Museum of Applied Arts, Insitute of Art History, Research Centre for the Humanities, Hungarian Academy of Sciences.


This exhibition presents the whole scope of the work of the architect Ödön Lechner (1845–1914). Special attention is paid to five major works, candidates for UNESCO  World Heritage Site status: the Kecskemét City Hall, the parish church of Budapest-Kőbánya, the Museum of Applied Arts, the Institute of Geology, and the Postal Savings Bank.  Visitors can familiarise themselves with these through the architect’s original plans and drawings, as well as period and modern photographs. Working drawings of the ornaments so crucial to Lechner’s work, the publications which inspired him, and examples of the Zsolnay ceramic in which they were realized are also presented. One of the rooms evokes the world of the Japan Coffee House, Lechner’s second home, another acommodates a panoramic movie of his major works.

The exhibition is accompanied by a book, which consists of an introductory essay, pictures and the list of exhibited objects. The pictures, especially numerous, are partly reproductions of Lechner’s plans and drawings, partly modern photographs, specifically produced for the book and exhibition. The book, a joint publication of the Museum of Applied Arts and the Institute of Art History, Research Centre for the Humanities of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, coordinated and edited by József Sisa of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, will be published in both a Hungarian and an English version.


Chevalier dans l'Ordre national du Mérite de France

We are delighted to announce that our colleague, Ms Judit Faludy research fellow of the Institute of Art History, Research Centre for the Humanities has been admitted as the member Chevalier dans l'Ordre national du Mérite de France.
Ms. Faludy was investitured by Mr. François Laquièze Cultural Attaché and Director of the Institute, on 17th December 2012 in the French Institute, Budapest.  We are all proud of our colleague!


Igor Zabel Award for Culture and Theory 2012

The European Roma Cultural Foundation lead by Tímea Junghaus, researcher of the Institute of Art History is one of the recipients of the Igor Zabel Award for Culture and Theory 2012

Art historian, curator and theorist of visual art and culture Suzana Milevska from Skopje, Macedonia is the recipient of this year's Igor Zabel Award for Culture and Theory, an award of EUR 40.000. Initiated and funded by ERSTE Foundation, the award recognizes outstanding cultural activities related to the Central and South Eastern European region. Additionally to the award three working grants were given, two by the jury, one by the laureate, to the Berlin based slavicist Sabine Hänsgen, art historian Klara Kemp-Welch from London and the European Roma Cultural Foundation based in Budapest. The head of the curatorial board of the foundation is Tímea Junghaus, assistant research fellow of the Research Centre for the Humanities, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Institute for Art History.

The laureate is selected by an international jury appointed by ERSTE Foundation. In 2012 the jury consists of the following members: Alenka Gregorič, curator (Ljubljana), Yuri Leiderman, artist (Berlin and Moscow) and Hanna Wróblewska, director of the Zachęta National Gallery of Art (Warsaw).

The award ceremony was held in Warsaw on Friday, 16 November 2012, accompanied by a conference and presentation of the book Igor Zabel "Contemporary Art Theory" at the Zachęta National Gallery of Art.


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