Portoghesi's book on Makovecz

A monograph of Paolo Portoghesi on Imre Makovecz has been published. The book on the internationally acclaimed architect, Imre Makovecz, founder and eternal honorary president of MMA is in four languages, Hungarian, English, German and Italian.
This is the first comprehensive book on the whole oeuvre of Makovecz since his passing away in 2011. In his book Portoghesi maintains that Hungarian organic architecture was well ahead of its time with decades.
Paolo Portoghesi (born 1931, Rome) is an Italian architect, theorist, historian and professor of architecture at the University La Sapienza in Rome. He is a former President of the architectural section of the Venice Biennale (1979–92), Editor-in-chief of the journal Controspazio (1969–83), and dean of the Faculty of Architecture at the Politecnico di Milano university (1968–78). Portoghesi studied architecture at the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Rome, completing his studies in 1957. He began teaching the history of criticism at the same faculty in 1961. Portoghesi opened an architectural practice with architect-engineer Vittorio Gigliotti (born 1921) in Rome in 1964. He has specialized in teaching and researching classical architecture, especially Baroque architecture, and in particular Borromini, but also Michelangelo. His interest in more contemporary architecture coincided largely with that of his colleague in Rome, Bruno Zevi, in championing a more organic form of modernism, evident in, for instance, the work of Victor Horta and Frank Lloyd Wright, and in Italy with neorealism and the Neo-Liberty style. This attitude has continued throughout Portoghesi's career, and is clearly visible in his own architecture.

Imre Makovecz (20 November 1935 – 27 September 2011) was an outstanding Hungarian architect active in Europe from the late 1950s onwards. He was born and died in Budapest. As he was one of the most prominent exponents of organic architecture, his buildings harmonize with the natural surroundings rather than triumph over them. He graduated at the Budapest University of Technology and later in Switzerland he got acquainted with the teachings of Rudolf Steiner. Frank Lloyd Wright and Rudolf Steiner were strong influences on him, as was traditional Hungarian art. In 1970 he visited the legendary architect Károly Kós in Transylvania. His first exhibition abroad was in Finland and later he received several international awards. He was elected as honorary member by the American Institute of Architects and the Royal Institute of British Architects, and he received the Grand Medal of the French Academy of Architecture. With twenty-two other artists he established the Hungarian Academy of Arts as an association in 1992, and later MMA became a public body by law in 2011.
The first English language monograph on his work entitled Imre Makovecz: The Wings of the Soul by Edwin Heathcote was published in 1997.
July 2, 2014  |  book