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.
The Béla Bartók of architecture
A one-day commemorating conference on the work and legacy of István Medgyaszay was organized by the Section of Architecture of MMA on 20 September at Vigado, centre of MMA and a memorial exhibition is taking place on his oeuvre at the centre of the Association of Hungarian Architects. At the conference fifteen experts gave lectures on one of the greatest Hungarian architects of the 20th century, István Medgyaszay (1877-1959).
Varaždin Baroque Evenings with Hungary
The Varaždin Baroque Evenings is the most prominent music event of central Croatia and it was founded in 1971. This year it is between 22 September and 5 October and the quest country is Hungary. Among the Hungarian performers are the Purcell Choir and Orfeo Orchestra with conductor György Vashegyi, regular member of MMA, Xaver Varnus and Balázs Barnkopf, the Pannon Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra, István Kónya lute player and Baroque Orchestra Savaria with artistic leader, Pál Németh.
Cellist János Devich passed away
In his 80th year of age cellist, music teacher and professor emeritus of Franz Liszt Academy of Music János Devich died on 27 September. He was an outstanding figure in Hungarian cultural and musical life. MMA regards his death as losing one of its own.
Monograph on András Balla
Section of Film and Photography of MMA has started its monograph series on acclaimed photographers. The first volume is on András Balla and is richly illustrated with photos by the artist. The monograph, which is divided into four chapters, has been written by László Fábián. The foreword has been written by Tibor Wehner. At the book launch in Vigadó on 27 September György Szemadám, member of the Presidium of MMA talked about the artist and the book.