Allegro Barbaro. Béla Bartók and Hungarian Modernity 1905 -1920

Continuing with events at the Musée d'Orsay on great figures in modern music – Mahler and Debussy - this exhibition will give the French public an opportunity to discover a particularly vibrant period in Hungarian cultural and artistic life, through Béla Bartók (1881-1945), the man and his music. In the early 20th century, musicians and painters in Hungary shared a desire to seek new forms of expression and a renewal with tradition. Breaking new ground within the European avant-garde, in just a few years they created their own distinctive idiom, a modernity imbued with the traditions of Hungary.

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With around one hundred paintings from public collections in Hungary and from private collections, including numerous documents relating to the young Bartók and to the musicians, composers, writers, poets, philosophers and psychoanalysts in his circle (musical scores, photographs, films, archive recordings, etc), the exhibition aims to revive this rich dialogue between music and the arts from early 20th century Hungary.

This exhibition takes place under the high patronage of Monsieur François Hollande, President of the French Republic, and János Áder, President of the Republic of Hungary.


Claire Bernardi, curator, Musée d'Orsay
Gergely Barki, art historian, Research Centre for the Humanities - Hungarian Academy of Sciences - INSTITUTE OF ART HISTORY, Budapest
Zoltan Rockenbauer, art historian

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Ephemeral Architecture in Central-Eastern Europe in the 19th and 20th centuries

The Research Centre for the Humanities, Institute of Art History, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, in cooperation with CentrArt Association - New Workshop for Art Historians, is organizing an international symposium entitled Ephemeral Architecture in Central-Eastern Europe in the 19th and 20th centuries. This will be held in Budapest, 28-29th November, 2013.
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It will focus on Central-Eastern Europe as a fluid geo-political conception and politically unstable territory with constantly shifting borders within the given timespan. Recognizing the growing interest in the latest research on ephemeral architecture, this conference will focus on temporary constructions erected for national and international exhibitions as a means of conveying ideas to an immediate audience. In this perspective the pavilion will be considered as a hub of architectural and artistic trends, political visions and cultural and social issues. Its complex political, cultural, social, economic and urban context will be analyzed: the exterior and interior design of an exhibition pavilion, along with its location within the exhibition park and neighboring edifices, its function as projecting regional, national or corporate representation.
After a long and sparsely documented history from ancient times to the 18th century ephemeral buildings appear in the course of 19th century architecture with new characteristics. Over the course of the 19th and 20th centuries ephemeral buildings have often offered the latest architectural solution for contemporary ideas, ideologies and trends. They were usually intended by architects to function as an autonomous experimental genre, providing new possibilities in terms of concept, planning, setting and display. They were also powerful means for nation building, mass entertainment as a new phenomenon, as well as they provided a "magic frame" for the latest achievements of the civilization in the 19th century. Later they were often appropriated and utilized by dictatorial regimes for their own needs; for demonstrations of power or, for performing the role of flagships of modernism. The research on ephemeral architecture calls into question the relationship between national/corporate buildings and their international critical reflections too. Papers also expected to address issues like the relationship between built-up environment of these temporary constructions and their perception, the reflection of their target audience.

The first conference in the series, entitled Progressive Tendencies in Ephemeral Architecture – Hungarian Case Studies was held in Budapest, on 29th January 2011, with a special focus on the Hungarian pavilion architecture of the 19th and 20th centuries. It raised questions concerning the link between architectural trends and national politics. The advanced aspect of a pavilion was analyzed as a primary architectural value in connection with national, regional and corporate policies.

The second conference aims to get together art historians, architectural historians and scholars from various academic disciplines (history, political history, history of design, anthropology, ethnography, cultural and visual studies) applying inter-disciplinary approach to the topic.
Follow the conference online! (Presentation times are in CET)
You can download the final program.

Lecture - Collegium Artium VI

The Institute for Art History,
Research Centre for the Humanities,
Hungarian Academy of Sciences

cordially invites you to the lecture of

Dr. Jonathan Black FRSA
Senior Research Fellow in History of Art, Kingston
University (UK)

'An Incomparable War Leader in an Age without Heroes':
Ivor Roberts-Jones and the Image of Sir Winston Churchill

Date: 9th October 2012, 2 pm

Venue: Institute for Art History,
Research Centre for the Humanities,
Hungarian Academy of Sciences

(Magyar Tudományos Akadémia
Bölcsészettudományi Kutatóközpont
Művészettörténeti Intézet)
Meeting room (Tanácsterem)

Országház Str. 30

Our Institute at the CIHA Congress in Nuremberg

The four-yearly congress of CIHA (Comité International d'Histoire de l'Art), the international organization of art historians, was held this year in Nurember, Germany, bewteen 15th and 20th July. Several members of our Institute participated in some form in this important event. Lectures were delivered by László Beke under the title 'CIHA Object or Subject', and by Erzsébet Tatai under the title 'Re- and Dematerialization of the Object (of Art) – Through the Analysis of Hungarian Examples from the 21st Century'. In the poster section two of our colleagues were present. Borbála Gulyás presented a poster 'Transformation of a Manuscript by George Bocskay: Imitating Roman Epigraphy as Writing Model Book', and Lilla Farbaky-Deklava another entitled 'Maquette of the Church of Our Lady in Buda Castle: An Unrealized Plan Variant'. József Sisa was elected 'membre titulaire' by the General Assembly of CIHA, thus in the future he will represent Hungary in the organization.


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