12 05 2021 | Wednesday | 18:00

ÉPTÖRT 150 – 150th Anniversary of the BME Department of History of Architecture and Monument Preservation

opened by: János Krähling, professor and head of department

open until 06 06 2021 

Curators: Balázs Halmos, Zsuzsanna Kiss, Katalin Maróczy, Ákos Zsembery

Contributors: Krisztina Fehér, Eszter Gyöngyösi, Eszter Jobbik, Máté Gergő Kovács, Petra Ohmacht, Mark Shelemenkov, Luca Somogyi, Zorán Vukoszávlyev, Judit Zlebics

The story of the Department of History of Architecture and Monument Preservation at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics started 150 years ago, when Imre Steindl was nominated as professor at the Royal Joseph Polytechnic University. Within two decades the structures of the respective departments of antiquity, middle ages and modern era were established, led by Alajos Hauszmann and Győző Czigler. For many decades, these departments were responsible for the education of planning and design. The institutional structure stood firmly until the Second World War. In the after-war period the education of history of architecture, theory of architecture and monument preservation acquired more attention. Since 1958 they have been taught within one department, from 1972 to 1996 as an Institute.

Our exhibition presents out history on a timeline within the context of the architecture and history of time periods. Along the overwhelmingly textual-informative platform we show visual content as well. Covers of books, written by our colleagues during the past 150 years, installed on the middle columns of the main hall of FUGA represent our scientific oeuvre serving as our operational bedrock. Screens next to the entrance show a photo selection of our departmental life and of our colleagues’ works from a more intimate distance. Based on our Departmental Archives, we put large works on display on the walls that are partially original, archive drawings or digital versions. To provide a view into our current education, we screen students’ works and models on the wall covered by chalkboard paint and drawings created on the spot. Related artifacts will be shown as well, among others, old drafting instruments, glass films, surveyor tools, and students’ notes and cheat sheet.

Funded by the National Cultural Fund