A vice-president and a member of the board were elected at the reconvened general assembly of HAA on 7 October in Vigadó, the centre of HAA. Ballet artist János Kiss was elected as vice-president, poet and historian István Kovács was elected as a new member of the board. Gábor Lajta, a painter, graphic artist and art writer, became a member of the Supervisory Board.
Discussion series about Italian-Hungarian cultural relations
In 2020 the Art Theory Section of HAA is going to continue its series of podium talks, the Tuesday Kaleidoscope, which has been going for the fifth year now. This time the discussions are to be about the Italian-Hungarian cultural relations. The evenings can also be viewed in retrospect on the website of HAA thanks to video recording. The common title of the podium talks: Weaving threads between nations - the present of Italian-Hungarian cultural relations. In the spring, three of these were cancelled due to the epidemic situation and the postponed discussions are to be held on 13 October 3 November and 1 December.
Ferenc Callmeyer passed away
Ferenc Callmeyer, Prima as well as Ybl Award winning architect, founding member of the Association of Hungarian Architects, the first president of the Hungarian Chamber of Architects, a corresponding member of HAA and the creator of major Hungarian buildings, died on 3 October 2020 at the age of 92. "A bad building is easy to describe and articulate. A good building is very difficult. I stand there, I love it - and I won't be able to tell you why," professed Ferenc Callmeyer. HAA and the Hungarian Chamber of Architects regard the passing of Ferenc Callmeyer as losing one of their own.
Son of the White Mare highly praised in America
The fully restored version of Marcell Jankovics's 1981 masterpiece, Son of the White Mare (Fehérlófia), which is one of the classics of world animation made its way to virtual cinemas in the USA and has been superbly received by American critics. Son of the White Mare has been restored in 4K using the original 35mm camera negative and sound elements by Arbelos, a film distributor and digital film restoration company based in Los Angeles in collaboration with the Hungarian Film Archive. The international premiere of the renewed version took place in Montreal at the Fantasia Film Festival in July last year.
Memorial Year of György Harag
The Memorial Year of György Harag organized by HAA has started on 1 October in Gyula with a life work exhibition of the famous director. György Harag was an outstanding Hungarian director and actor from Transylvania, who died in 1985 aged 60 leaving a great legacy behind in theatrical art. The start of the Memorial Year had to be postponed because of the epidemic situation. The widow of György Harag, Ilona Harag is the main patron of the Memorial Year and the main supporter of the inheritance of György Harag.