Szilvia Andrea Holló: The Vigadó — A fairy-tale palace on the Danube

Our book retells the story of one of the masterpieces of 19th century neoclassical architecture in Budapest, the city's only concert hall for decades. The predecessor of today's Vigadó, the Redoute initially opened its doors in 1833 to host festivities, but soon became home to high culture. However, in the spring of 1849, the "Fairy Palace" fell to Austrian cannon fire and was partially destroyed. Described as "the only expression of romantic architecture conceived in the revolutionary spirit of the Freedom Fight," the Vigadó was reopened in 1865, the result of the architect, Frigyes Feszl's reconstruction plans and the best of Hungary's artistic talent, including sculptures by Károly Alexy and murals by Károly Lotz and Mór Than. It was the venue for the coronation banquet of Franz Joseph in 1867 as well as the birthplace of Budapest, unifying Pest, Buda and Óbuda. This exciting account of cultural history allows readers to glimpse into the lives of contemporary artists and to tour this remarkable building page by page. During the 19th and 20th century, the Vigadó offered Budapest's public the opportunity to meet noted musicians, composers, and artists from both the visual and applied arts. Its rich history took a tragic turn once more due to damages wrought by the Second World War. Reconstruction began anew in the 1960s, at which time the Vigadó regained its status as a leading venue for contemporary music, visual and applied arts on the national level. In 2004 the Vigadó, displaying only traces of its former splendor, closed its doors, to reopen in 2014 in its original glory as a host to high quality cultural events.


Holló Szilvia Andrea: The Vigadó — A fairy-tale palace on the Danube / Die Pester Vigadó — Feenpalast am Donau-Ufer
© Holló Szilvia Andrea, MMA, 2014
Publication in English: ISBN 978-615-5464-16-4
135×210 mm, page count: 112
Publication in German: ISBN 978-615-5464-15-7
135×210 mm, page count: 112
Translated by Ákos Dudich (EN) / Judit Számel (GER)

The books can be purchased at the ticket offices of Vigadó.
Price: 2800 HUF / 9 €