Zoltán Kallós passed away
Zoltán Kallós, one of the most significant Hungarian folklorist of the 20th century, died on 14 February in Válaszút (Răscruci), his birthplace in his 92th year of age. HHA regards his death as losing one of its own. His funeral took place on 17 February at the Hajongard cemetery in Kolozsvár. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán emphasized that with Zoltán Kallós's death "we have lost a great patriot".
HAA academicians awarded with Corvin Chain
President János Áder bestowed the Hungarian Corvin Chain Award for Merit on artists and scientists on 12 February 2018. The honour was given to actor Péter Huszti, member of HAA and Artist of the Nation, orientalist Miklós Maróth, former foreign minister János Martonyi, classical philologist Zsigmond Ritoók, professor Péter Sótonyi, biochemist Sir George Radda and sculptor Miklós Melocco, member of HAA and Artist of the Nation.
László Kovács and Vilmos Zsigmond Cinematographer Award
The László Kovács and Vilmos Zsigmond, late Member of HAA cinematography award, named after two outstanding Hungarian cinematographers, was established by Sparks camera and lamp rental company, the Hungarian Society of Cinematographers and the Hungarian Cinematographers' School. The László Kovács and Vilmos Zsigmond cinematographer competition has been sponsored by HAA, Hungarian National Film Foundation and Sparks Ltd.
Record visitor number in Kunsthalle
Every visitor record was overturned last year by Műcsarnok (Kunsthalle), the institution of HAA. The exhibition entitled The First Golden Age has become the most visited exhibition of the past decades and the annual number of visitors has also been highest: in 2017 people bought 133,512 tickets for exhibitions to see. Ever since the Hungarian Academy of Arts took over the institution, the annual number of visitors more than tripled and the interest in contemporary Hungarian art has increased.