FUGA 10 – Opening of the Second Decade


7th of October 2019

Opening remarks: József Mélyi, György Spiró, Mihály Vajda

New exhibitions will open in every hall:

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Metamorphosis. Exhibition by Lucien Hervé and Rodolf Hervé
Curator: Imola Gebauer, Judith Hervé 

open until: 2019 11 04

A CAFe Budapest Kortárs Művészeti Fesztivállal közös program / Joint program with CAFe Budapest Contemporary Art Festival

Transcending material, moving the elements of the world to the rhythm of music. The photographs by Lucien Hervé (1910-2007) and Rodolf Hervé (1957-2000), father and son, unravel the various layers of reality, expand our perception, and give us an experience of discovery. The contemplative photos of one of the Hervé’s invite us to immerse ourselves in the poetry of interconnected details, while the other Hervé created his own poetry with exaggerated colors and tense shapes. One family, two languages, infinite variations. Where does reality begin and end?

The exhibition was sponsored by the French Institute.


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Recurring forms in Marcell Breuer’s architecture
Curator: Zoltán Fehérvári, Bálint Nagy

open until: 2019 10 23

Selected works from the Marcel Breuer Digital Archive – Syracuse University in the Marcel Breuer hall of FUGA. 


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Tibor Szalai: Brettschneider Architectures
Curator: Anna Julianna Szabó,  advisor: János Szoboszlai 

open until: 2019 11 04

Tibor Szalai (1958-1998) received international acclaim from the mid-1980s for his large-scale paper installations with architectonic details. Between 1985 and 1998, he participated in a number of prestigious exhibitions abroad (Vienna, Amsterdam, Venice, Stockholm, Graz, Ulm, Bremen, Sydney, Warsaw, Zagreb) with his paper installations, which he assembled on-site. In 1988, he was invited to participate in the Aperto exhibition at the 43rd Venice Biennale, organized by the Biennale’s international curators. Around this time, he also participated in several joint exhibitions in Hungary and abroad with deconstructivists Gábor Bachman, László Rajk and Attila Kovács.

The BSCH Architecture paper installations became Szalai’s most original works. Contemporaries and posterity admired their inventive, monumental and yet fragile structure, as well as the improvisational on-site execution. The tragic fate of his paper installations is that they all but perished. As we cannot show the original works, the exhibition features the documentations of the original exhibitions and enlarged prints of the exhibition photos. Only a few fragments of Szalai’s works survived, and only one object remained intact, which was not made of paper, but of plastic, commissioned by the Hungarian National Gallery (BSCH Architecture, 1995).

“Anyone who has ever seen one of these magical white paper constructions is overcome by admiration, and will soon notice the fragile balance between chaos and order.” (Katalin Néray)


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The stucture of the Zalotay House in Ziegelried.
Curator: Elemér Nagy

open until: 2019 10 28

Elemér Zalotay (1932, Szentes) is a strange and solitary figure in Hungarian architecture. His designs, which largely remained on paper, are valuable works of Hungarian architecture and architecture in general. He has been living in Switzerland since 1973, but he kept his Hungarian nationality. He is only known by a narrow circle of professionals, but nobody questions his genius. Foreign literature is finally beginning to recognize the significance of his unique oeuvre as well. His way of thinking is akin to Yona Friedman, also of Hungarian origin, and to Polish architect Oskar Hansen.

Elemér Zalotay started building his own house in Ziegelried, Switzerland, in 1978, which is a notable example of green or recycling architecture. The house has been under monument protection since 1992. The survival of this house is now in jeopardy after he moved into an old people’s home in early 2017, and the house was left uninhabited. The lightweight structure needs regular renovation and continuous maintenance. 

In April 2018, FUGA’s staff completed the survey and documentation of the house’s condition.

The basic structural elements of the house will be displayed in their original size at the exhibition in order to allow for understanding and developing the concepts.


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FUGA turns 10 – ambrotype portraits from Imre Zalka’s studio
open until: 2019 11 04