What has been left of the 100-year-old Medgyaszay buildings by 2017?


7pm 13th December, 2017

Opened by:
László BEKE (art historian)

I first saw the church of Muľa (Hungarian: Rárósmúlyad) in 2015, when I was photographing the new bridge over Ipoly River. I was immediately captivated by the church’s uniqueness. This experience prompted me to start photographing István MEDGYASZAY‘s buildings. From his 43 known works, I have been able to photograph 42. I have read all the available literature on him, contacted his family, and reviewed the buildings’ blueprints. I found a building that had never before been photographed. I visited MEDGYASZAY‘s buildings not only in Hungary, but also in Slovakia and Romania (in Banat and Transylvania). Unfortunately, his building under No. 8 Dorottya Street in Budapest was demolished and several of his important buildings are likely to meet the same fate: two studio houses in Gödöllő belonging to Sándor NAGY and Leó BELMONTE, the Sporthotel / Pagoda in Mátraháza, and the Rusz house in Gyöngyös. His theaters in Sopron and Nagykanizsa have been renovated in a worthy fashion, and the restoration of Veszprém theater will begin soon. The states of his family houses vary, some are in great condition, while others have been badly neglected. /Péter GYUKICS/

Sponsor: National Cultural Fund of Hungary, Hungarian Academy of Arts

Open until: 2018 01 14

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