The Central-European City: Historical Perspectives

Gábor György Papp, research fellow of our institute is going to present his paper entitled National Accent in the Architecture of the 19th-century Central-European Cities at the international conference The Central-European City: Historical Perspectives organised by the Institute of Philosophy, Research Centre for the Humanities of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences within the framework of the bilateral research project of the Lithuanian and Hungarian Academies of Sciences onTuesday, December 6th, 2016; 30 Országház st., Budapest, Pepita room. For the full programme of the event and abstracts please click here.



“Motherland and Progress” - A Concise History of Hungarian Architecture and Design 1800-1900

“Motherland and Progress” – the motto reflected the programme embraced by Hungary in the nineteenth century in its drive to define its identity and shape its future. It is most evident in architecture, which rose from slumbering provincialism to international brilliance. The greatest achievement was beyond doubt Budapest, evolving into a dazzling, world-class metropolis by the end of the century. The volume focuses not only on architecture, but also on the means by which the buildings were decorated and furnished, encompassing objects of representation and everyday life. The broader contexts of urban planning and garden design are also taken into consideration. Besides the traditional art historical approach, the topics are discussed from a sociological and cultural-anthropological angle. This is the most detailed survey yet of nineteenth-century Hungarian architecture and design in English, written by leading Hungarian experts. For ordering please click here.

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Visualizing Ideology: Art, Culture, and Politics in the Cold War Era

2nd conference organized by the Research Group of Critical Theories (led by Edit András and Sándor Hornyik) Institute of Art History, Research Center for the Humanities of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences

After a quarter of a century, it is time to undermine the rigid duality of the ideologically charged official art and the autonomous, unofficial neo-avantgarde art. The conference aims to scrutinize the different ways of crossing ideological boundaries and the various forms of seemingly contradictory but actually overlapping artistic activities. The conference discusses the available theoretical frameworks to be applied for uncovering the ideological underpinnings of the Central and Eastern European neo-avantgarde in the time of socialism. The papers excavate the roots of its origins in the avant-garde culture and theory, and shed light on its connection to different visual cultures, i.e. socialist realism, abstract and surrealist art, pop art, etc.


Bartók Hall, Institute for Musicology, Táncsics Mihály u. 7, Budapest.

Time: May 15th Friday 9.30 am ‒ 13.00 pm

Keynote Speaker:

Tyrus Miller (University of California, Santa Cruz)


Dávid Fehér (Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest)

Maja and Reuben Fowkes (Translocal Institute, Budapest – London)

Sándor Hornyik (Institute of Art History, Research Center for the Humanities of HAS)

Katalin Timár (University of Pécs, Ludwig Museum – Museum of Contemporary Art, Budapest)


Edit András (Institute of Art History, Research Center for the Humanities of HAS)

Hedvig Turai (International Business School)

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Lechner: International conference on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Ödön Lechner’s death

Ödön Lechner (1845–1914), one of the greatest representatives of Hungarian architecture, and certainly its most original, deserves a more prominent position in the international canon of extraordinary talents from the turn of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. This year, we commemorate the Centennial of his death, which even UNESCO honours on its list of international anniversaries. The Museum of Applied Arts and the Institute of Art History, Research Centre for the Humanities of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences have jointly organised an international, bilingual (English–Hungarian) conference and large exhibition for this occasion. The conference is an official event of the Festival of Hungarian Science in 2014. The two events will present Lechner’s highly important and original -but internationally little known - work to a Hungarian as well as an international audience. The rationale of the sections and the abstracts can be downloaded from here.
For the anniversary, the photographer of the Institute of Art History, Research Centre for the Humanities of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Péter Hámori, has made a set of photographs of Ödön Lechner’s works. (Photographs of the Museum of Applied Arts, Kecskemét City Hall and the hotel at Szekszárd are by József Sisa). For a selection of these pictures click herePhotographs can be used under the Attribution licence of Creative Commons.
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