A Symbolist Vision by Ferdinand Hodler

Venue: Museum of Fine Arts Opening date: 2008.09.09.

This exhibition, which can be visited until 14 December, 2008, and which is unique of its kind in that the last time that an exhibition like this one was staged was in Switzerland, in the year 1983, affords one a foretaste of Ferdinand Hodler’s oeuvre. It is the first time that an all-encompassing presentation of a foreign artist’s oeuvre such as this one is being held in Hungary. While looking at the works of art, one can follow the metamorphosis of genre undergone by the artist, as well as the process of artistic execution typical of Hodler’s manner of painting. The exhibition features 120 paintings, some of which have been restored to suit this occasion, as well as approximately 40 pieces of graphics from the collections of Switzerland’s major museums, i.e. Kunstmuseum Basel, Kunsthaus Zürich, Musée d’Art et d’Histoire de Genève, Kunstmuseum Solothurn, Kunstmuseum Winterthur, Museum Oskar Reinhart am Stadtgarten Winterthur, Museum Allerheiligen Schaffhausen, Museum Coninx Zürich, as well as from private collections, i.e. Sammlung Dr. Christoph Blocher, Sammlung Thomas Schmidheiny, Stiftung Kunst and Kultur und Geschichte Winterthur. These works of art from Switzerland are complemented with paintings on loan from museums in Germany, i.e. Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, Staedelsches Kunstinstitut Frankfurt and Museum Folkwang Essen.

A Retrospective Exhibition by Agnes Denes

Venue: Ludwig Museum Opening date: 2008.09.25.

This exhibition, which features the works of art by Agnes Denes, a transdisciplinary artist born in Hungary, currently living and creating artworks in New York City, combining in her oeuvre science and the humanities, philosophy, linguistics, psychology, the history of art, poetry, as well as music, can be seen till 7 December, 2008. As one of the pioneers of land art, Agnes Denes often scrutinises ecological, cultural, as well as social questions through her monumental artworks displayed at public locations, e.g. Wheatfield, a Confrontation, executed in the year 1982, a two-hectare wheatfield in the heart of Manhattan Island, which had been sown with seeds and later was harvested by the artist herself, and which casts light upon humankind’s wrong and inappropriate priorities having replaced real human values. Since the year 1996, the inception of the Tree Mountain, A Living Time Capsule Project, implemented in Finnland, which features a hill compiled by human beings and planted with 11,000 trees in accordance with the mathematical system of goldsmithing and the complex structure of the sunflower, Agnes Denes’s works, which are ecologically restored landscapes, have both constituted a heritage for posterity and revealed the ecoethical dimension of art.

Gustav Klimt and the Outset of Art Nouveau in Vienna

Venue: Museum of Fine Arts Opening date: 2008.09.30.

An exhibition of Gustav Klimt and Art Nouveau’s outstanding works of art is on display until 4 January, 2009.
The Viennese Secession Association was established in the year 1897 with the purpose of granting opportunities of exhibiting artworks to the artists of that time opposed to the then official policy on art. It was in the same year that the Association published Ver Sacrum, Sacred Spring, a periodical, and in the following year Joseph Maria Olbrich’s noted pavilion with a gold-laced cupola, which served as the Association’s exhibition hall, was opened. Beyond the shadow of doubt, that period of time marked a breakthrough for modern artists. Accordingly, in the time of Sacred Spring, Heilige Frühling, representatives of the Association’s two trends, both the realists and the symbolists centred around Gustav Klimt, such as Hoffmann, Moll, Kolo, Moser, as well as Otto Wagner, were shoulder to shoulder in standing up against the predominant artistic norms and notions of the time. It is the art of that period that the exhibition on loan from Albertina in Vienna to the Museum of the Fine Arts in Budapest has an intention of featuring. The period in question signals the inception of modern art and Art Nouveau in Vienna with European artists establishing relationships with, as well as making an impact on each other. The duplicated graphics, including the drawings, played a pivotal role in that early period. They make an excellent and unambiguous presentation of an artistic trend, which is decorative in nature, as well as indicative of flat, patchy surfaces. Moreover, the Museum of the Fine Arts in Budapest has complemented the said exhibits with a number of paintings of great account so as to give the audience from Budapest an opportunity to familiarise themselves in a new context with the works of the Austrian artists so liked in Hungary.

Giacomo Puccini: Manon Lescaut

Venue: Hungarian National Opera House Opening date: 2008.11.22. 18:00

Opera in 4 acts, sung in Italian.

Libretto: Giuseppe Giacosa, Luigi Illica, Domenico Oliva, Marco Praga.

Manon Lescaut: Gyöngyi Lukács, Eszter Sümegi
Lescaut: András Káldi Kiss, Viktor Massányi
Des Grieux: Attila Kiss B., Attila Fekete
Geronte: János Tóth, Sándor Egri
Edmund: József Mukk, Péter Kiss
Fogadós: Gábor Kenesey, János Martin
Egy zenész: Katalin Gémes, Jolán Sánta
Táncmester: András Laczó, Zsolt Derecskei
Egy tiszt: János Gurbán, Lajos Geiger
Lámpagyújtogató: Ferenc Gerdesits, Gergely Boncsér
Hajóskapitány: Tamás Clementis, Ferenc Cserhalmi

Conductor: György Győriványi Ráth

The concert of The Pest County Symphonic Orchestra

Venue: Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music Opening date: 2008.11.22. 15.30.

Poulenc: Concert Champetre
Rhespighi: Templomablakok

Collaborators: Mónika Kecskés (harpsichord), József Balogh, Oszkár Morzsa (piano), László Deák (organ)

Conductor: Tibor Noszeda