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From Leonardo to Miró – The Paper Side of Art @ Budapest

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Under the Spell of 150  years of Collection in Prints and Drawings.

 The Museum of Fine Arts  finally  reach the time to reopen its gates to the visitors to the world of Fine Art at the Michelangelo Hall.

From June, 4. – August, 15. 2021

Just a couple of minutes walk from Heroes’ Square

Around midday the Director of the Fine Art Museum Mr. László Baán opened  to the media representatives and talked about the reopening of the museum again for the public after the pending pandemic. He spoke about facing a brand new catalog and an extraordinary exhibition, whereas marking the 150th anniversary of the Collection of Prints and Drawings. With this exhibition and the catalog they are celebrating the 150th anniversary of their unique European ranking collection. Also added…“Last time the finest pieces in the Collection of Prints and Drawings were published was 22 years ago, in 1999.  Then the exhibition was entitled Dürer to Dali. Master drawings in Budapest at the Museum of Fine Arts.  The 150th anniversary is a perfect opportunity to revisit the history of the collection in  the light of new  criterion and can present the finest works of collections of the two institutions reunited in 2012, the Museum of Fine Arts and the Hungarian Gallery – Budapest. Following the museums tradition, the new richly illustrated volume “The Paper Side of Art. Eight Centuries of Drawings and Prints in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts – Hungarian National Gallery – Budapest, containing 50 of our most excellent works on paper, is so accompanied by a cabinet exhibition. The Paper Side of Art: from Leonardo to Miró. Spellbound by 150 years of collecting Prints and Drawings. The pieces on display are among the most sensitive drawing and prints, therefore can be exhibited only rarely. Some exceptional pieces are along well-known artist such as: Leonardo Raphael,Rembrandt, Picasso,Miro, Schiele,  Mihány Munkácsy,  József Rippl Rónai, Jenő Zichy and Miklós Barabás. In the frame of the exhibition can also discover some outstanding new acquisitions as well as some hitherto  less familiar works.”

The various collections at the Museum of Fine Arts – Hungarian National Gallery hold over 10000 drawings and almost 200000 prints, dating  back from the mid 14th century to the 21st century.

The new catalog gives a comprehensive overview of the entirety of paper-based art, shining light on the parallels that appears throughout the centuries … e.g. chiaroscuro prints, creative copies, autonomous landscape drawings, the emergence of printmarking as an autonomous genre and the expanding of the boundaries of drawn and printed techniques and the distinctive artistic attitude that derives from  the use of paper.

The visitors  to the exhibition and readers of the album are likewise guided behind the scenes of the museum. In the catalog, curators write e.g. about the museum’s involvement in research and about how the collection are managed and operated. In addition contemporary artist speak for better understand of the special relationship that artists have with paper. The  album can be purchased on the spot at the “Gift Shop”

The editors of the volume and the curators of the exhibition are art historians  Ms KInga Bódi and Ms Kata Bodor. The Exhibition can be visited… Wednesday – Thursday: only the temporary exhibition entitled From Leonardo to Miró is open 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Friday – Sunday: temporary and permanent exhibitions are also open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
checkout and last entry: 5 p.m.
closing of exhibitions:, 5.30 p.m.

On Monday – Tuesday: closed,

Updated and snaps  by Aggie Reiter

Herald News: Celebrating World Culture Day India – Hungary 2021

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“World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development ”

Needn’t have to pull on your boots, just simply sit in your comfy armchair and enjoy the ride from 11 a.m. – Noontime.

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Here comes the day to enjoin the sights on a virtual tour through an online program. In the event, will be taking a virtual tour of Indian and Hungarian locations that connect the two countries through their cultural heritage.

Online Webinar – Overview of locations … such as:

How does Herend porcelain end up in a small museum in Kerala?

Where did Amrita Sher-Gil, the famous Hungarian-Indian painter, spend her summers and what is the Szepessy Villa famous for today?

Where did the talented poet, Sándor Weöres, who made translations of Sanskrit poems, lived?

Also paying a visit to India, showcasing one of the most ancient cities, Benares.

Can hear about the Chola dynasty and how the Tamil language is related to Hungary.

The program will be of mixed language (Hungarian, English and Hindi) with live check-in and recorded material.

Here’s the link to the online tour programs:
www.eoibudapest.voxomos.ai/cultureday

Update Aggie Reiter

Visit to the Ráth György Museum again

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The Museum of Applied Arts is pleased to inform its audience that its exhibition space at the György Ráth Villa in Budapest welcome visitors again. Opening hours from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, except on Mondays.

In addition to the permanent exhibition “Our Art Nouveau”, the villa will also feature a completely new temporary exhibition: this time the series “In Circulation” will feature the Dechem Studio in Prague. The exhibition can be visited until 5th of June 2021.

Dechem Studio in Prague is one of the most renowned representatives of contemporary Czech glass art. Its designers, Michaela Tomišková and Jakub Janďourek, are a party at work and in life. In 2012, Dechem Studio was founded. They have a wide range of design and manufacturing experience.

The two contemporary designers become acquainted with the museum’s internationally unparalleled rich collection, selected an objects that inspires within their own work, and created their own design that reflects upon it. The design object(s) born from the inspiration of the museum’s collection will also become a part of the collection, which will also provide the opportunity for further relations and exhibitions.

The excellence of contemporary Czech glass art reflects the 1930 volume of Madame Bovary selected from the art book collection of the Museum of Applied Arts, while at the same time unveiling the secrets of a magical raw material, lithyalin glass, reminiscent of semi-precious stones.


Due to the epidemiological situation, the area of ​​the villa can be entered after a fever measurement and hand disinfection, with a certificate of protection and a mask.
Visitors to the exhibition halls will also be asked to keep a safe distance.

Update Aggie Reiter

Jazz Picnic – Paloznak – Hungary 2021.

Here’s a peck into the mood to get into…

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North to Lake Balaton is set to be held between July, 29 – 31 featuring Candy Dulfer – saxophonist, Mario Biondi – singer and groups MF Robots and De Phazz.

The artists were scheduled to play at last year’s festival, but cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The 9th jazz picnic, held in the Village of Paloznak which is one of the popular holiday resort in Hungary. Will feature music for all ears …  soul, jazz, funk. English jazz-funk band Level 42, Dutch singer Caro Emerald and Dutch group Kraak+Smaak will color the world  for music lovers.

One of the superb timeless classic UK bands the „Level 42” was formed in 1979 and the rest is history.

Just in case for the younger generation haven’t heard their  awesome  music earlier. Their  career started squarely a jazz-funk fusion band, contemporaries of fellow Brit funk groups like Atmosfear, Light of the World, Incognito, and Beggar & Co.
As reaching the ’80s their music was instantly recognizable from Mark King’s thumb-slap bass technique and associate member Wally Badarou’s synthesizer flourishes . Then came a point where they were often classified as sophisti-pop and dance-rock likely to be placed in the context with Sade and other danceable pop/rock.

The Early Tapes Featuring Mark King (bass, vocals), Phil Gould (drums), Boon Gould (guitar), and Mike Lindup (keyboards. Released in 1981, their self-titled debut album was a slick soul – R&B collection that charted in the U.K. Top 20, resulting in the release of The Early Tapes. Level 42 had several minor hit singles before 1984’s “The Sun Goes Down (Living It Up)” hit the British Top Ten.

I then late ’85, World Machine broke the band worldwide with the “Lessons in Love” hit  which gain number one in Britain and “Something About You” hit number seven in America and this catapulted the band tot he international stage.

Their next two records, Running in the Family (1987) and Staring at the Sun (1988), were a big success in the U.K., yet made little headway in the U.S. Both of the Gould brothers left the band in late 1987; they were replaced by guitarist Alan Murphy and drummer Gary Husband. Murphy died of an AIDS-related illness in 1989; he was replaced by the renowned fusion guitarist Alan Holdsworth for 1991’s Guaranteed. The band followed Guaranteed in 1995 with Forever Now.

Level 42 released a studio album, Retroglide, in 2006. Four years later, the band celebrated its 30th anniversary with a special tour, as well as a box set, Living It Up, which included a disc of fresh acoustic versions recorded by Mark King. 2010 also saw Husband leave the band once again, replaced by Pete Ray Biggin.

The group continued to tour over the next few years before releasing new material in 2013, in the form of the EP Sirens. Supporting the release with an extensive tour of the U.K. and Europe, the group also recorded the live release The Sirens Tour, at their stop in London in 2015. The band continued to tour into 2016 with performances at festivals across Europe and South America.

Tickets prices: 
3-day pass: 28990HUF … Daily: 12990HUF
More info follow: jazzpiknik.hu

Updated Aggie Reiter


Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Canceled Their European/Budapest Concert

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds would have originally performed @ Budapest this summer, but it was canceled by the band in March. Then, due to a European tour, it turned out that they would afterall arrive in Budapest on May, 13. 2021., and hold their concert, but it seems as for the time being, this date has also become questionable, after the band has now signaled that the entire European tour will be blown away concert and will also be missed. The band had made their statement, hoping they can come up with better news next year.

The tickets purchased online are automatic at ticket sellers, and the Ticketportal initiates a refund. The amount of the ticvket(s) will be refunded to the account from which the purchase was made. Holders of tickets purchased online have nothing to do. Due to the large number of tickets sold, the refunding is expected to take place by January, 31. 2021.

Tickets purchased in person can be redeemed at the point of purchase. If the given office is not open, a copy of the ticket must be sent by e-mail to ticketportal@ticketportal.hu, no later than January, 15. 2021.

Update: Aggie Reiter

Zsolnay Light Festival – Painted Jami Building with Light @ City of Pécs

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Unfortunetely, due to the situation caused by COVID-19, the Zsonaly Light Festival @ the City of Pécs, planned for the summer of 2020, couldn’t take place.

The organizers, i.e. the state of Zsonaly Heritage Management Ltd. have been working hard in recent weeks not to let the light being out of order and make the most out of the situation in our daily situation. Photos Péter Marsalkó

Therefore, every night from November, 27. to December, 20. from 4.30 p.m. – 7.30 p.m. –  Jami of Széchenyi Square will be dressed up in a light robe. The light artists of the LaLuz Visuals creative group made it happen to enjoy the brilliant sight and make the difficult period better during the Holiday Season a little better.

The biggest light festival in the country is awaiting its visitors.

© Aggie Reiter

#12 Taste of Traditional Homemade Pancake Hortobágy – Hortobágyi Palacsinta

The Pancake Hortobágy – Hortobágyi Palacsinta is one of the excellences of our domestic dishes.

It’s actually a hot appetizer even though it is prapaired with the pancake, but leaving out the sugar!

The veal stew pancakes,or with chicken breast or with in advance have the filling with paprika chicken stew is something that foreigner countries may not have had even heard about. Now will share …  (see, follow the recipe  here to cook the paprika chicken stew @ “Day-By-Day – Travel in Traditional Hungarian Foodies #1 “

The name Hortobágy pancakes does not really come from Hortobágy … title of Hortobágyi pancake was invented by a Hungarian chef for the 1958 World’s Fair in Brussels. Due to its unique taste and easy preparation, it soon became a popular dish. However, pancakes from Hortobágy has nothing to do with venue of Hortobágy.

A word or two in brief synthesis about the region of Hortobágy. The Hortobágy is a landscape that is endowed with its unique history, valuable wildlife and unique folk tradition with characteristic Hungarian features. Hortobágy steppe in eastern Hungary is the largest contiguous natural grassland in Europe. Before the Mongols and later the Turks burned the villages here, it was a wooded area, and then the animals of the returnees cleared the vegetation, thus forming its present-day image. The Hortobágy National Park, established in 1973, includes a significant part of Nagykunság in addition to the plain. Traditional livestock and grazing are practiced in the area, and ancient Hungarian animal breeds such as gray cattle are kept. The name of the region  holds the once flourishing settlements, which were destroyed during the Turkish occupation, are preserved by the names of wilderness parts.

Now back to the Pancake Hortobágy – Hortobágyi Palacsinta recipe!

Ingredients:  8 pancakes  serve for 2 person – preparing: 70mins. (wish to have more then double the weight/size of ingredients)
For the paprika chicken: 700 g chicken breast fillet, 1.5 medium head onions, 650 ml water, 3 teaspoons paprika, salt, black pepper (ground).
For frothing: 175 ml sour cream (20%), 50 g wheat flour.

Preparation and cooking: Wash the chicken breast fillet, chop into small cubes, then set aside, chop the onion, then fry in a little oil, salt and pepper. simmer for about 40 minutes. Tip! At this point we can add a little tomatoes and peppers to the meat as a fortification. While the meat is steaming, we make the frothing. Stir in the sour cream until smooth, When the meat has evaporated until soft, strain the juice from the meat. The meat is set aside for the time being, the juice is then put back on the fire and scraped. With constant stirring, some of the juice is added to the frothing – this is called heat equalization – and then the frothing is mixed with the juice. Cook for a while, stirring constantly, until the flour is gone, When we are done with the frothing, set the sauce aside. Now we grind the meat, Finally we put on the pancakes 3-4 mm thick in a square shape from the minced meat, then we sprinkle a little sauce. Then we fold the filling into the pancakes, Then we fold them, we serve the loaded pancakes sprinkled with sauce, garnished with sour cream and parsley.

© Aggie Reiter

#11 Taste of Traditional Homemade Sweeties – Gundel Palacsinta – Pancake Gundel Style

The main trick with the Hungarian Gundel Palacsinta – Pancake Gundel Style is that soda water is added the bubbles adke the vbatter taste and feels very light.

The Central Eurpean pancakes are thin pancakes smilar t the French crépe. The Gundelk palacsinta is filled with walnut cream and covered with chocolate sauce and at the end a touch with rum on top and flambe it then lighten with a match and it is an attraction seeing as the alcohol burns and extra burn the chocolate and it is more delightful to see and then taste it… it is so yummy.

They may also be eaten plain, filled with cheeses or with veggyies, such as mashroom, spinach, topped with sour cream. Some folks here instead of instead of vermicelli pasta within the soup, like to cut the aked pancake into thin strips and place it in the chicken soup as a filling. The pancakes may also be eaten sweet and unsweetened or savoury as a main course… such as filled with grounded meat namely “Hortobágyi Palacsinta” (soon to be followed up here as well!)

Ingredients for 4 person having 8-10 pices. Preparing time cca. 35-40 mins.

Pancake: 150 g flour, pinch of salt, 1 egg, 250 ml milk, 1/2 tabs sugar, 50 nl soda water (water with gas) oil to bale.
Chocolate sauce: 50 g cocoa powder, 200 g sugar, 200 ml milk, 1 or 2 tbs rum.
Filling: 1- 2 tbs rum, 200 g ground walnut, 100 ml milk, 120 g sugar, 1 tbs cinnamon, 1 tbs raisins.
Prepairing for baking: In a bowl whisk the egg with sugar, the milk and the salt. Add enough flour … spoon after spoon … to form a very thick paste. Come the soda water by adding some into the paste while mixing and stringing. Let is rest for cca. 15 mins. Add a half cup of water, then stir it well again. Continue untill it gets crreamy batter, then add some more soda water, so a smooth vbatter, medium thick but still liquid. Using a pancake pan to fry the palacsinta. Pour half ladle of batter in the hot pan. Brush the pan before each palacsinta with oil. No oil left in the pan, remove it and bake on both sides.
Sauce: mix cocoa powder with sugar. Pour in milk slowly. the choco powder and sugar completely must dissolve. Place on the fire and let it thicken a little. Season with the rum.
Filling: Mix the grounded walnut, sugar, cinnamon and raisins in a cooking pan. Add a little milk and the rum, then heat the mixture until it became a creamy sauce. Chill and add the rum. Fill the pancakes with custard.

After the Goulash, Mushroom paprika with Dumplings “Gödöllő” Style Stuffed Chicken and other  traditional Hungarian roasts, the foreigners previously visiting Hungary would not miss to taste one of the most loveable Hungarian sweetie.

Once you bake it you will probably bake it more often.

Enjoy this  Hungarian Gundel Pancake – Gundel Palacsinta delicacy.

© Aggie Reiter

Railway History Park – Sausage Fair – Oldtimer Show – Budapest

Friday Noon – 7 p.m. – Saturday 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. – Sunday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Location: District XIV., 95 Tatai Rd. Budapest

Between October, 9 – 11. 2020. for the 7th time at Budapest will be held the Sausage Fair at the Hungarian Railway History Park together with the international Oldtimer Show exhibition as the largest oldtimer exhibition in Central and Eastern Europe. Larger cars will be on display outside the circular fuel house to see the exhibition of the USA Oldtimer Cars.

Due to the current virus situation, the event will be introduced this year several precautionary measures following the current epidemic preparedness, and organizers seek cooperation of the visitors coming along to have to wear a mask that covers the nose and mouth as well and also keep a 1.5-meter distance from each others.

The Oldtimer Show with the Sausage Fair will be a combined festivals. Local and foreign guests are awaited to enjoy their stay. On Gastro streets  huge sausage booths, oldtimer vehicles and family activities. Nostalgia music and railway programs.

At a 10 hectares of Budapest Railway History Park and the adjacent Water Tower Park will be fully furnished with attractions. There’s free passage between the two parks. There may choose from 200 types of traditional rural type sausages and very Hungarian stuffed meat called “hurka” (black pudding & liver pudding) sausages, bacon and all kinds of pork chops. There’ll be freshly baked cracks on the spot.  Will be to shop homemade cheeses, spices, jam, honey, bugle cakes and all kinds of handmade traditional dishes.

At entrance 1, on the cobbled “Craft” street, representatives of old crafts sell their wares. Next to the platforms will be “Fairground”.

At the large park is built the ancient locomotive circular heating house. The halls of the Orient and the West will be furnished with beautiful oldtimer  cars and motorbikes. . Larger cars will be on display outside the circular fuel house: USA Oldtimer Car Exhibition.

The area around the Ornamental Fountain is definitely worth visiting for gastronomic lovers!

In the grassy arbor there will be a large open-air restaurant where can eat fried sausages, fried “hurka” sausages and all kinds of pork-toed dishes freshly baked. At the curve of the ornamental fountain area can buy well known pálinka, wine and homemade beer at the wooden houses. The Sápi fruit wine stand will also be here. The tradition at our festival is that anyone who comes in old-age clothes gets a fruit wine tasting as a gift. Take part in this nostalgia game! There will also be built a large restaurant in The Water Tower Park, where you can also eat freshly baked pork chops!

All interactive programs of the Railway History Park will be available at the festival: hand cars, horse railway, rail car, locomotive rotator and garden railway on a 800m long track. On the railway tracks around the 1-gauge rotor, you can see a fantastic steam locomotive exhibition! Around the double rotary engine will be wagon exhibition. For the weekend of the festival, we also heat up a real steam locomotive, which can be tried by the visitors!

The festival will feature free games for the children: archery, airsoft shooting, air slide, bungee, face painting,playground, petting zoo and many other attractions.

Tickets will be available on the spot during the opening hours for cash and credit cards. Ticket price for adult ticket 5000HUF, children’s ticket 4000HUF (under 14 years, and for under 3 years free of charge), family ticket 14000HUF (2 adults + 2 children), pensioner ticket 4000HUF, Friday ticket price 4000HUF

Tickets can also be purchased in advance online by clicking on https://www.oldtimershow.hu/oldtimershow-jegyertekesites/

All tickets are a daily ticket and valid only for a one-time entry. Warning! Food and drink are not allowed to carried in the festival area.

recomendation by Aggie Reiter

#4 – Day-By-Day – Traditional Hungarian Thick Soup

Cooking Pumkin Thick Soup – Tökfőzelék

Serve for 4 – Cooking time: 45 mins.

At this hemisphere here slowly going out of the summer season, but still have fresh veggies to cook “Főzelék thick soups. The pumkin thick soup is typical a summer food, which is simply to cook and not to be missed. Of course during the Fall it is still out on the market.

Ingredients: 1 kg cooking pumpkin, 1 medium size onion, 2 pinch of salt, black pepper for taste, a bunch of dill, 2 tbs flour, 3/4 liter milk, 3 tbs oil, 1 tbs vinegar, 2 tsb sugar, 1 dl sour cream, 1 tsp Hungarian red sweet pepper powder for coloring.

Cooking: Place the planed pumpkin in a bowl on a filter, salt it and after cca. 30 mins  it will drained through a filter and squeeze the rest of the moisture out of it well.  Drizzle the chopped onion in oil and fry it on the cooker, when the onion gets light brown color add a tbs of Hungarian sweet red pepper powder stir-mix with a little water.  Then and pour over the milk, add the salt and cook over medium heat until soft … roughly 40-60 mins. When it is almost cooked soft, sprinkle the washed chopped dill into the thick soup then bring to the boil, stirring constantly. Cook for 5 minutes, then ready to serve. Mind you only place the sour cream, vinegar, sugar by the end of the cooking and stir them together. Marvelous taste to have this experience …  can be served hot or cold. It is very tasty without any extra side dish, but the Hungarians really prefer in have something as side dish … thought here the recept to the Hungarian meatballs will be just yummy.

Meatballs a’la Hungarian – Fasírt Magyar módra

 

 

Hungarians love their meatballs from pork meat …  but can prepare just as wellfrom minced turkey breats or chicken breast meat.

Ingredients: 1 kg of minced meat to your pleasure, 4 cloves garlic, salt to taste, pepper, 1 tsp ground cumin, 2 eggs, 1 tbs Hungarian red pepper powder, 1 tbs dried parsley or a small bunch of fresh parsley.

Preparing & Frying: First, add salt, black pepper, ground cumin to the minced meat, 1 tbsp. red peppers, eggs, parsley, and crushed garlic. Work together thoroughly. If time allows leave at least 1 hour to let the flavors work well together it will be much more delicious.
Form a rounded shape out of the mixture of meat, then squeeze them a little bit flat, thenafter rotate it in breadcrumbs and then fry them in hot oil, but turn the heat medium when frying so to reach the golden brown color and not to get burnt … that’s it … easy as 1-2-3 … right?

A variety of side meal can be added … frankfurter, sausage, fried egg, roasted meat, stew, fried cheese, it’s only a matter of taste. Enjoy your meal.

May read more about other traditional Hungarian soups by visiting previous receipt @ “Q” & “A” Culinary Heritage Into Hungarian Kitchen.

© by Aggie Reiter