HAA – 10th anniversary

HAA is celebrating - 10 years ago, on 5 November 2011 HAA was founded. The establishment of the public body is the result of a decision of decisive cultural and political importance. HAA has become the most prestigious and representative body of art life in Hungary and has achieved great many results in its first decade.
In January 1992 twenty-two famous Hungarian artists founded HAA as a social organization and elected architect Imre Makovecz as its president. In the autumn of 2010 the Hungarian government decided to raise the Academy to the rank of a public body and to declare the legal framework for the operation of HAA in the Fundamental Law. On 11 July 2011 the National Assembly adopted the CIX. Act of the year 2011 on the establishment of HAA as a public body. According to the law on MMA: "Legal regulation is justified by the expectation that the representatives of culture, especially of the arts should play an increasingly important role in the forming of society and with their active role should contribute to the effective vindication of cultural interests. The protection of cultural values, the preservation, transmission and presentation of the artistic traditions of the nation, the stimulation of creating new works of art, the reinforcement of the communal conditions of high-level creative work and the increased need for artistic cooperation have become such great tasks that require the establishment of a public body similar in its role and significance to the Hungarian Academy of Sciences."
On 5 November 2011 HAA was established as an autonomous public body with 157 regular members. The first chairman of the public body was prof. em. György Fekete and the inaugural general meeting elected Tamás Gergely Kucsera as secretary-general. Attila Csáji and József Zelnik were appointed vice-presidents of HAA, while Margit Ács, Sándor Dévényi, Marcell Jankovics and Sándor Sára served as members of the board. From then on HAA could perform its duties as a declared official legal entity and a state guaranteed art institution. Its presence has gradually strengthened throughout the country over the past ten years, and its public and ideological inspirations have spread across the border.
Over the years HAA has developed an artistic career model: among other things, it has developed a comprehensive scholarship system - covering all generations; in order to improve the financial esteem and social recognition of artists, it introduced the artist annuity, set up its own multi-stage remuneration system to match the stages of artistic careers, and initiated the Artist of the Nation Award as the highest level of professional recognition in Hungarian art.
During the 10 years the HAA family of institutions has also been constantly expanding. Since 2014 HAA has been operating the renovated Pest Vigado, which also functions as its headquarters. Its institution is Kunsthalle as an exhibition space. HAA established the Research Institute of Art Theory and Methodology, within the framework of which the library and the Makovecz Center and Archive also operate. HAA is the maintainer of the Hungarian Museum of Architecture and Monument Protection Documentation Center. Based on its previous publishing activities, HAA also established its publishing house in 2017 with the main task to publish books arranged in the care of HAA and its institutions as well as and the art theory journal of HAA entitled Magyar Művészet (Hungarian Art).
The Hungarian Academy of Arts has established close co-operation with several Hungarian institutions and non-governmental organizations, such as MTVA, the National Film Institute, the National Association of Local Televisions, The Society for Dissemination of Scientific Knowledge or the National Association of Large Families.
HAA has also contacted dozens of international organizations (academies and cultural institutes) and established professional relationships with more than forty across the border arts organizations, journals, publishers, universities, museums, and theatres. The introduction of HAA in the international environment meant joining international across the border events with regional overlaps, such as the ECC 2013 Košice, the "30 Years Free" series, the V4 anniversary program series, as well as the Italian-Hungarian, Israeli-Hungarian cultural seasons. HAA has appeared with its programs in Paris, Ljubljana, Germany and Russia, among others, but also in China and South Korea.
Here we mention just a few of the many programs and initiatives of the 10-year-old HAA. The unique series of exhibitions of HAA is the system of annual National Salons in Kunsthalle, which are the most visited contemporary exhibitions in Hungary. HAA is the creator of several portrait films and several documentaries, participating in the National Film Renovation and Digitization Program. One of HAA's largest cultural ventures is the Lexicon Program, the results of which have already been made available online and in book form in the literature and film categories.
During this period HAA organized thousands of cultural and artistic programs, including nearly a hundred international exhibitions, and millions of visitors visited its institutions. Through tenders it enabled the implementation of nearly 3,000 additional art programs and provided financial support to 800 organizations. HAA has been in the public service for a decade in the fields of art, in particular literature, music, fine arts, applied arts, design, architecture, photography, cinema, performing arts and through the analysis, support, education, domestic and international presentation of the arts, making the arts a public treasure as well as representing Hungarian artists.
November 12, 2021