Architect Endre Szűcs passed away
Miklós Ybl Prize winning architect Endre Szűcs passed away aged 80 He was a regular member of the Hungarian Academy of Arts. He felt that Bartók's principle was his own, according to which one should only draw from a pure source, which in his case was folk art. For this Endre Szűcs collected memories from the Balaton highlands to Gyimes. He was aware that the memories of the past can only be successfully passed on if the monument is put to use, so it must always be reconstructed in accordance with the needs of the modern age. This gave rise to his creative architecture. HAA regards the passing of Endré Szűcs as losing one of its own.
The statue of Zsuzsanna Erdélyi unveiled
From 25 May the statue of Zsuzsanna Erdélyi, late folk art researcher can be seen at a symbolic place in Városliget (City Park) in Budapest: on the shady, wooded promenade between the Museum of Ethnography and the House of Hungarian Music. The late member of HAA made a lasting legacy with his outstanding work in both fields: domestic ethnography and the search for the musical traditions of the Carpathian Basin.
Vigadó awarded again
For the fifth time in a row Vigadó, the centre of HAA has been given the prestigous the Best of Budapest Award in the category of "Best Conference and Event Locations" by the professional circles and the general public.
Memorial wall of Marcell Jankovics
Marcell Jankovics held the position of president of the National Cultural Fund (NKA) twice: between 1998 and 2002 as well as between 2010 and 2011. As the second anniversary of his death approaches, NKA, which is 30 years old this year, commemorated the work of the Artist of the Nation with a more than two stories high mural of the animated film hero Fehérlófia (Son of the White Mare) created by him. At the opening ceremony, HAA was presented by Secretary General Gábor Richly, who greeted Éva Rubovszky, Marcell Jankovics' widow on behalf of the public body.