A vice-president and a member of the board were elected at the reconvened general assembly of HAA on 7 October in Vigadó, the centre of HAA. Ballet artist János Kiss was elected as vice-president, poet and historian István Kovács was elected as a new member of the board. Gábor Lajta, a painter, graphic artist and art writer, became a member of the Supervisory Board.
Great Hungarian poet, József Tornai passed away
József Tornai, Artist of the Nation, regular member of HAA and one of the greatest Hungarian poets of the second half of the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st passed away on 31 January 2020 aged 92. HAA regards his passing as losing one of its own.
Erzsébet Szőnyi passed away
Erzsébet Szőnyi – the well-known composer, choir conductor, pedagogue and an Artist of the Nation, whose musical works are performed all over the world – passed away on 28 December 2019, aged 96. HAA regards her passing as losing one of its own. The funeral service is to be held at 10 a.m. on 25 January 2020 at Farkasrét Cemetery.
Exhibition of HAA in Berlin
The unique and large-scale fine art exhibition of HAA – which first opened on 5 July with the title Verstrichene Zeit – Elapsing Time in the Museum of Modern Arts in Passau (Museum Moderner Kunst), then travelled to Stuttgart in October 2019 – can now be seen in Berlin in the Hungarian Cultural Institute, the Collegium Hungaricum from 12 December 2019. The exhibition was opened by the President of HAA, György Vashegyi, then the director of Collegium Hungaricum, Márta Nagy made a welcoming speech.
Visit to the Ottoman Empire
A book of photographs by Dezso Bozoky (1871–1957 ) entitled Visit to the Ottoman Empire has been published by the Publishing House of HAA in cooperation between HAA and Ferenc Hopp Museum of Asiatic Arts. The book launch was held on 10 December at the Museum of Fine Arts. Speeches were made by Györgyi Fajcsák, the director of Ferenc Hopp Museum of Asiatic Arts, Tamás Gergely Kucsera, the Secretary General of HAA and a lecture was given on the Ottoman Empire by Gábor Fodor, historian, turcologist and director of Hungarian Institute in Istanbul. Turkisch mystical music was played by Marilia Pilti, Márton Kopcsik and János Gerzson János.