For 2019, architecture is the focus, with special emphasis on communal force and collective activity, both of which play an increasing role in the creation of architectural space. A whole section will be devoted to the activity of the designers involved in the renowned Miskolc Architectural Workshop (1977-1990).
The exhibition in the apse of the Műcsarnok pays tribute to István Medgyaszay (1877-1959), one of the most important and innovative figures of 20th-century Hungarian architecture.
István Madarassy's statues of Ignác Semmelweis
The Hungarian Government declared 2018 to be the Semmelweis Memorial Year to commemorate the "saviour of mothers" on the 200th anniversary of his birth. The patron of the memorial year was János Áder, President of Hungary. At one of the most important events of the Memorial Year at the Festive Scientific Symposium held in the Theoretical Block of Semmelweis University, Budapest several national and foreign speeches were given about the saviour of mothers and more than 600 participants were welcomed by Miklós Kásler, Minister of Human Capacities as well as Ágoston Szél, outgoing rector of Semmelweis University.
Helmuth Rilling received his certificate of HAA
At the second general assembly of HAA in 2018 held on 22 November German choral conductor, Helmuth Rilling was chosen to be a honorary member of the academy. On 20 December the President of HAA, György Vashegyi personally handed over the certificate of his honorary membership of HAA to Helmuth Rilling at a solemn event in Schwäbisch Gmünd near Stuttgart.
Writer Lajos Grendel passed away
One of the outstanding contemporary Hungarian writers having lived in Slovakia and a regular member of HAA, Lajos Grendel died aged 70.
Lajos Grendel died on 18 December 2018 in Bratislava. His funeral took place on 27 December 2018 according to Roman Catholic liturgy in Bratislava. HAA as well as the Hungarian Ministry of Human Capacities regard his death as losing one of their own.
Charity Concert of Andrea Rost
World-famous lyric soprano and corresponding member of HAA, Andrea Rost gave a charity gala concert on 19 December 2018 at Vigadó, the artistic centre of HAA. The Kossuth State Award winning artist and the Goodwill Ambassador of Pető Institute together with her Art Foundation wished to promote the Institute's development of a music room, while also marking the occasion as the closing event of the Year of Talent.