The exhibition presents the “true, relentless and artistic” portraits in Aladár Székely’s diverse oeuvre, which includes still lifes, landscapes, cities, genre photos and nudes from the end of the 1890s to the mid 1930s. By then his son is already managing the atelier. Many foreign artists including Marinetti, Kokoschka and Stravinsky have their photos taken here. His “realist” portraits capturing the characteristic features and motions of a person photographed with incredible care place him among the pioneering artists of the early decades of the 20th century. His studio was hit by a bomb during the war. His estate was acquired by the Petőfi Literary Museum in 1977.
In Hungarian cultural consciousness Dezső Kosztolányi’s novel Anna Édes is one of the most well-known literary works which are set in the apocalyptical period of a century ago. It takes place from the collapse of the 1919 Commune to the autumn of 1922 when “Truncated Hungary was admitted to the League of Nations”. In an unconventional way the exhibition presents the period of a hundred years ago and recalls the memory of Trianon in the world of a single literary work: the historical background, the legends and facts that are still alive, the origin history of the novel, the specific features of how it was written, and the writer’s involvement and quest in the whirlwind of history.
Sándor Petőfi is much more to Hungary than an important poet – rather he is seen as poetry incarnate.
He became the symbol of the Reform Age, when widespread social unrest led to the Freedom War of 1848-49, and lost his life in battle against the Austrians' Russian allies. Even today the legends about him have a life of their own, his face has become an icon, and his verse has inspired political thought on both sides of centre.
In this exhibition we attempt to reveal Petőfi's brief but crowded life and the dilemmas which he faced. Instead of the personality simplified by posterity, we show the complexity of his roles as man and poet.
This film was made as an introduction to the museum, to one of our temporary exhibitions This is Where We Are.
In the 5th district, with its unique facilities and faithfully renovated mansion halls, the palace is recommended for institutions and companies which would like to hold their conferences, scientific lectures, press receptions, book launches and other functions in an imposing environment.
The Petőfi Literary Museum was established in 1954. As the legal successor of Petőfi House, which operated as an exhibition and research centre between 1909 and 1945, the newly founded museum inherited a considerable collection. Since then it is one of the most important museums in Hungary. History and prizes of the museum>
What is our goal?
We believe that discovering, investigation, the ability of noticing miracles, the joy of understanding correlations, and experiencing the variety of different opinions and ways of thinking are all really important factors of our lives.
For us the museum is a place of constant experimenting and learning. A complex medium which gives us new and new perspectives in order to read texts, spaces, artist biographies, personalities, museum and literature in a rather different way.
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