Romani Design – Museum of Applied Arts’ György Ráth Villa – Budapest

romani design

The 5th of the temporary exhibition series is on view at the Museum of Applied Arts’ György Ráth Villa

Romani Design … In the framework of the In Circulation series, we invite contemporary designers, once they have become acquainted with our collections, to select an object or ensemble of objects, which inspires their work, and reflecting upon it, to create their own new design. The art object(s) that has been born this way will also become a part of our collection.

We launched the series in 2018 with the exhibition of Artista Studio, the second featured artist was Polish designer Maria Jeglińska, the third designer we invited was milliner Valéria Fazekas, the fourth of the designers were the members of DECHEM Studio from Prague.
In the story of the exhibition series, first the Romani Design designers chose a total of six art objects from the collections of the museum. These are all devotional pictures depicting either the Virgin Mary or other female saints, which provided the inspiration for the designers to create six enchantingly richly patterned women’s garments and coordinated accessories.
In the course of our collaborative work with the Romani Design designers, the accustomed working process of the In Circulation series was supplemented by a new element. As curators we were spurred to step beyond the walls of the museum, and to create something together, which would also connect us on the level of ritual. At the Roma Saint’s Day that takes place every year in Csatka, according to tradition, the Roma believers sew vestments as a benefaction to the statue of the Holy Virgin, which is then changed every hour. Commissioned by the museum, the designers also created a vestment for the Csatka Holy Virgin. While the object was not acquired by the museum in its physical form, we rather collected the process and the story connected with it. We left the vestment as part of the wardrobe for the Csatka Holy Virgin, which was created within the framework of the In Circulation series.

Romani Design … Romani Design is the world’s first Roma fashion studio. It is the mission of the sisters, Erika Varga and Helena Varga, who founded the studio in 2010, to help build the socio-cultural prestige of the Roma with the tools of fashion and applied arts. With their handmade design products, they place authentic Roma national dress into a contemporary context. In their collections, they are inclined to combine Roma and Hungarian folklore elements, as the two cultures have been integrally connected for centuries. From its beginnings, the Museum of Applied Arts has nurtured a close connection with the designers. We are proud that Romani Design held its very first fashion show in the main building of the museum (With Fashion for Acceptance, 2011). A part of the Spring/Summer 2017 collection, Wanderers of the Worlds, was acquired into the Contemporary Design Collection.
In the story of the exhibition series, first the designers chose a total of six art objects from the collections of the museum. These are all devotional pictures depicting either the Virgin Mary or other female saints, which provided the inspiration for the designers to create six enchantingly richly patterned women’s garments and coordinated accessories.
Curator: Judit Horváth, PhD, Head of the Contemporary Design Department, Museum of Applied Arts, Budapest
Co-Curators: Melinda Farkasdy and Rita Komporday, Contemporary Design Department, Museum of Applied Arts, Budapest

Source: Museum of Applied Arts’ György Ráth Villa

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