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.
Les Indes galantes
With Les Indes galantes by Jean-Philippe Rameau, president of HAA, György Vashegyi – along with his Orfeo Orchestra and Purcell Choir – makes a further dazzling addition to their Glossa series of French dramatic masterpieces from the Baroque, and in the company of a luxurious line-up of vocal soloists. The ballet héroïque recorded at the Béla Bartók National Concert Hall of Müpa Budapest, Hungary, on 25–27 February 2018.
Exhibition of David Lynch at Műcsarnok
The photographs of the world-famous American independent movie director, screenwriter, painter and musician, David Lynch can be seen at Műcsarnok (Kunsthalle), the institution of HAA as the opening exhibition of the Budapest Photo Festival (BPF), the biggest photography event in Hungary held for the third time in 2019. During the time of the exhibition (1 March – 2 June) there are a number of exclusive programs and guided tours by well-known experts all organized by Műcsarnok.
Hungarian director at Kosice State Theatre
Hungarian director and regular member of HAA's Section of Theatric Arts, Viktor Nagy has directed the performance of Giuseppe Verdi's four-act opera, Otello based upon Shakespeare's play at the Kosice State Theatre. The premiere took place on 22 February 2019 and on the invitation of Karol Kevický, the director of the Kosice State Theatre President of HAA, György Vashegyi and Secretary-General of HAA, Tamás Gergely Kucsera visited the town. The production work has been made possible by means of a Slovak and Hungarian cooperation. The costume designer has been Erzsébet Rátkai, a regular member of HAA.
Exhibition of Imre Makovecz in Kazan
The lifework exhibition of Imre Makovecz entitled Connecting Earth and Sky arrived at its final station of Kazan Kremlin, the chief historic citadel of Tatarstan and can be seen until 10 March. The travelling exhibition arrived after several stations in Russian, including Moscow and Nizhny Novgorod, St. Petersburg, Chelyabinsk and Yekaterinburg. The travelling exhibition has been received with great interest from the part of both the public and the architectural profession.