It is seldom given in the life of a cultural politician that the creation of two dominant cultural institutions have been tied to his name. György Fekete was given this: he was one of the founders, then the first president of the National Cultural Fund, then almost two decades later he was instrumental when the Hungarian Academy of Arts became a public body, and he was its president for two terms. We asked György Vashegyi, who followed him in this post in 2017.
Actor Imre Sinkovits would be 90 years old
On 21 September 2018, which is the Day of Hungarian Drama, late outstanding Hungarian actor, Imre Sinkovits, a posthumous honorary member of HAA could have been 90 years old and on this occasion HAA organized a memorial event at Vigadó, centre of HAA with the participation of the son of the actor, András Sinkovits-Vitay and together with the screening of a portrait film on the actor ordered by HAA and directed by Gabriella Medgyesi.
Opera album of the President of HAA awarded by German critics
HHA's President, György Vashegyi continued his "love affair" with French Baroque music with the recording of the performance of Jean-Philippe Rameau's 1749 opera entitled Naïs with the Orfeo Orchestra and the Purcell Choir in March 2017 at Müpa, Budapest. The album has gained the award of German music critics recently. Subtitled "Opéra pour la paix" (its prologue, at least, commemorates the 1748 Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle), Naïs features demanding and extended leading roles for soprano Chantal Santon-Jeffery (Naïs) and high tenor Reinoud Van Mechelen (Neptune), assisted by Florian Sempey and Thomas Dolié, in an everyday eighteenth-century tale of a lovesick god in disguise, a misinterpreted prophecy and an alternative version of the Olympic Games.
Commemorative session of émigré writer, Zoltán Szabó
A memorial conference on Zoltán Szabó (1912–1984) was held by the Section of Art Theory of HAA at Vigadó, the centre of HAA on 10 May 2018. The work of the Hungarian writer, editor, radio and village researcher having lived in exile in London for almost 40 years was presented and analyzed by the invited lecturers including Zoltán Bertha, Ibolya Cs. Nagy, Magda A. Szabó, Zsuzsa Szabó, Tamás Gergely Kucsera, the Secretary-General of HAA and Mátyás Sárközi.
John Malkovich at Műcsarnok, the institution of HAA
World-famous American actor, John Malkovich led a guided tour of Sandro Miller's exhibition Malkovich Malkovich Malkovich – Homage to Photographic Masters' in the Kunsthalle on 22 May 2018. He was greeted by the management of Kunsthalle and the Secretary-General of HAA, Tamás Gergely Kucsera, who presented John Malkovich some artistic books of HAA after the program.