State honours and professional awards
On 18 August state honours and professional awards were presented by the Minister of Human Resources, Zoltán Balog together with Secretary of State for Culture, Péter Hoppál in the Vigadó, centre of MMA on the feast day of the Founder of Hungary, Saint Stephen. Gábor Czakó, writer, thinker and regular member of MMA was handed over the Order of Merit Commander Cross (civilian division) for his high- level work. Secretary General of MMA, Tamás Gergely Kucsera was handed over the Order of Merit Knight's Cross (civilian division) also for his high-level work.
Unique premier in Vigadó
The Symphonic Orchestra of Hungarian Musicians Beyond the Border premiered in Vigadó, the centre of MMA on 21 August in the framework of the Zoltán Kodály memorial program. György Vashegyi, conductor and member of MMA had the idea of establishing an orchestra which can unite the outstanding musicians living in areas separanted from Hungary in consequence of the Treaty of Trianon in 1920.
The first 40 years
A large-scale selection form the unique international collection of the International Ceramics Studio, Kecskemét can be seen at Vigadó Gallery from 18 August until 8 October. The exhibition is a celebration of the 40th anniversary of the studio, highlighting and documenting the four decades of the collection from the early works of the Nomadic Generation to the more recent directions in contemporary ceramic art.
The Latitudes of Art
An exhibition of Italian and Hungarian fine artists opened on 9 August at Vigadó with the title Latitudes of Art - Le latitudini dell' arte. The display is a kind of return of a Hungarian exhibition in Genova in the Doge's Palace organized by the Art Commission of Genova. The organizer is the Association of Hungarian Fine and Applied Artists and the sponsor is MMA. The curators are Márta Simonffy, Viana Conti and Virginia Monteverde. The exhibition can be seen until 8 October.