Posts Tagged ‘Hungary’

Relive the 80s Era With A-ha Back-In-Time

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The documentary will arrive in domestic cinemas from October, 14. 2021.

Original language, with Hungarian subtitles.

Relive the worldwide gained frame by A-ha trio, which exploded in the 80s featuring keyboardist Magne Furuholmen, vocalist Morten Harket, and guitarist Pål Waktaar-Savoy.

Their destiny was set to follow an impossible dream which led the group to become a global sensations and heartthrobs overnight.

Thomas Robsahm’s documentary is a delight for the band’s fans, and a pleasant surprise for lovers of 80s music. Thomas Robsahm accompanied the band A-ha for almost five years and tells the story of 3 teenagers living in a small town in 1970s Norway and showing their creative clashes, ambitions and stormy relationships.

Thomas Robsahm and Aslaug Holm’s film answers questions with unprecedented interviews and behind-the-scenes, and does not hide the internal conflicts caused by a sudden reputation.

No Norwegian act had broken through internationally quite like they did when they burst onto the international scene with 1985’s “Take on Me,” buoyed by an iconic sketch-animation video by Steve Barron.  The A-ha’s hit “Take On Me” is still one of the most played songs of the last millennium and even sold 50 million records.

Another superb A-ha song to their James Bond theme for „The Living Daylights” most probably a whole generation were daily humming the song and cherish the memories of A-ha back-in-time.

Distributed by Pannonia Entertainment Ltd.

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Paris abstracts … Abstraction-Création … Kandinsky, Helion, Calder, Moholy-the Great…

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For the first time in almost 50 years in the world @ the MODEM!

The internationally unique exhibition Paris Abstracts of the MODEM Center for Modern & Contemporary Art opens in Debrecen on October 3, 2021.

(The activity of Abstraction-Création, dates back to the 1930 … In the 1930s, café encounters, art discourse and the operation of a gallery, magazine publishing, made it one of the most progressive art circles of the age in all of Europe. Paris then became once again the capital of the arts, which is era of the world attracted representatives of all its major abstract trends; from this international circle, a company of nearly 100 people was completed, joined by artists from more than 20 countries.)

At the MODEM Center there are 1500 square meters of exhibition which focus on the world-famous Abstraction-Création, the largest official non-figurative grouping ever. The artefacts of the exhibition, which features nearly 100 works, come from the museums of the Center Georges Pompidou in Paris, the Galerie Le Minotaure in Paris, the Viennese mummies, the Belvedere in Vienna or the Musée d’arts de Nantes in Nantes.

Abstraction-Création presents to the audience images and sculptures of world-famous artists such as Vasily Kandinsky, Jean Helion, Alexander Calder, Auguste Herbin, František Kupka, or Jean Arp, and more. The exhibition is the first in Hungary to represent the work of world-famous Hungarians, including László Moholy-Nagy, Alfred Reth or Étienne Beöthy, and well-known avant-garde artists such as Lajos Tihanyi and Ferenc Martyn in the medium of the Abstraction-Création in Paris. The curator of the exhibition is Dr. Flóra Mészáros, art historian. Abstraction-Création was a company of nearly 100 people, joined by artists from more than 20 countries, attracting major abstract figures from around the world in the 1930s. Almost 50 years after the MoMA in New York and then the Abstraction-Création exhibitions at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris in Paris, this will be the first large-scale exhibition on the subject, which, incidentally, will reveal entirely new research results. Furthermore, this is the first modern exhibition held in Hungary, which is based on borrowings and several years of renowned research on an international topic by a Hungarian art historian.

The curator of the exhibition and the project manager is Dr. Flóra Mészáros, an art historian who has a doctorate on the subject at the Sorbonne in Paris. This presentation summarizes the almost one and a half decades of innovative research results of the organizer of the exhibition, a three-year joint organization with MODEM.

Two-thirds of the exhibition, which features nearly 100 works, is based on foreign collections and institutions. Our partners include the Center Georges Pompidou in Paris, the Galerie Le Minotaure in Paris, the Viennese mummies, the Belvedere in Vienna or the Musée d’arts de Nantes in Nantes … etc.

An extra sensation of the exhibition is that MODEM has undertaken the restoration and framing of the works of several famous institutions (Musée d’art moderne et contemporain de Saint-Étienne; Center Georges Pompidou). The large-scale international material is accompanied by a sophisticated catalog of studies by world-renowned art historians.

The exhibition awaits those interested between October, 3 2021 and January, 30, 2022. 

MODEM – Center for Modern and Contemporary Art @ the City of Debrecen – Hungary.

Riport & Snaps Aggie Reiter

Judit Polgar’s Global Chess Festival Hungary – 2021.

Invitation celebrating the power and inspiration of chess … chess connects us!

At Saturday, October, 9. 2021 as a hybrid event the Hungarian National Gallery gives home to the local events, those interested can take part in the festival from the comfort of their homes, through Youtube Live. Furthermore, online chess enthusiasts can login to a plethora of interactive digital activities.

This year’s focus is on Education and Innovation

Major Programs: Education Chess Summit (Live and streamed from the Hungarian National Gallery).

The speakers include experts from Hungary, Sweden, USA, Spain and France.

During the Educational Chess Summit demo classes will be given based on the Judit Polgar Method.

Special guest: Ernö Rubik, the inventor of the world-famous Rubik’s Cube, will share his thoughts on modern education.

Creativity and Innovation
… Talks (Live and streamed from the Hungarian National Gallery).

Noam Manella from Israel: the author of the highly successful book “Think Like a Machine”, on how to awaken the dormant creativity inside ourselves.

Indian engineer Ashwin Subramanian on using biofeedback tools to explore what signals chess players’ bodies are sending while playing and how they can utilize these little cues in preparation.

Judit Polgar talks with the legendary Ernö Rubik, about his views and thoughts on creativity and innovation.
Judit Polgar will also share her thoughts on the role creativity played in her childhood and career. And how she implements creativity in her daily life and her various projects.

Norbert Fogarasi – Head of Morgan Stanley’s Budapest Office, speaks about the connection between chess, innovation and business.

Furthermore, there will be an unforgettable musical experience provided by Juga Di Prima – Chilean singer-songwriter performs five new “Chess Divas” songs that were composed in the spirit of gender equality and pay tribute to the best women chess players of history.

Other Programs: Interactive Chess Channel

Games, quizzes, masterclass, tournaments (Online Presentation of the Judit Polgar Method (at the National Gallery in Hungarian language).

Arts & Crafts for Children (at the National Gallery)

Winners of the Goodwill Ambassadors of Chess Awards announced (at the National Gallery) Simultaneous exhibitions with Judit Polgar and GM Zoltán Almási (Hungarian National Gallery)

For furthermore information visit the website. All programs are free!

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The largest walkable underground Roman archeological site in Hungary

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Within the Zsolnay Light Festival Pécs 2021 a press conference afterwards was held an awesome guided tour “Back in Time” at the Cella Septichora Visitors Center – UNESCO World Heritage Site (Early Christian Tombs).

The UNESCO World Heritage List, which also includes the Taj Mahal, the Grand Canyon or the Great Wall of China, distinguishes between sites of outstanding cultural and outstanding natural value.

The Roman predecessor of the city of Pécs, the late Roman early Christian cemetery of Sophianae, was inscribed on the UNESCO list in 2000 as a World Heritage Site.

The 1600 year old painted tombs lay under the structor at Cella Septichora Visitor Center.

Center you can see the graves and tomb structures that form the complexity of the late Roman period, partly early Christian cemetery. The greatest value lies in the large number of partially painted hypogeums and their historical, fine and religious diversity.

Late Roman cemeteries in the northern and western Roman provinces generally did not have significant burial sites built of stone. Here the graves were composed by the use of sandstone. The peculiarity of the Roman Christian cemetery of Pécs, formerly known as Sophianae, is that a large number of such buildings are concentrated here. These are small, family tombs and larger community tombs, cemetery structures. Some of them are painted, their interiors are decorated with biblical scenes and early Christian symbols, which further enhances the collective uniqueness and universal cultural value of the memory.

The burial chamber was mostly a burial place for wealthy families. The underground part of the two-part edifice is the crypt, the actual tomb, where the dead were placed in brick tombs, or less commonly in sarcophagi. Few objects were found in some of the tombs, such as coins from that age, copper jewelry, different size of Roman soldiers belt buckles, and glassware. A memorial chapel (memorial, mausoleum) was erected above it. The two-story structures served a dual purpose: they served both as burial sites and for ceremonies.

The paintings in the tomb are partly surface-filling decorations and partly figural representations. The remaining series of frescoes basically consists of two parts; on the north wall is the fall of Adam and Eve, the prophet Daniel in the pile of lions, and finally the motif of the tree of life. In the axis of the east wall, under the ceiling, the symbol of Christ, the so-called we see a cryogram. In the cabin below is a torso of a red-dressed figure sitting on a throne surrounded by wheat ears and a palm branch.

Just a reminder … The City of Pécs is an ancient city in southern Hungary, close to the Croatian border. Founded by the Romans, it’s known for its architectural landmarks such as the Early Christian Mausoleum, which features frescoed tombs. Vast Pécs Cathedral towers over central Szent István Square. The domed Mosque of Pasha Gazi Kasim was built in the 16th century during the Ottoman occupation of the city and is now a Catholic church

Update & snaps by Aggie Reiter

HopTop Brewery Ltd. 5th Birthday – VIP Opening Party @ Kőbánya/Budapest

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The founder and owner of the HopTop Brewery Ltd., Ali Rawech Szamit, invited media representatives to a presentation with a visit to the HopTop Brewery in Kőbánya, celebrating his 5th birthday. Before that, he gave a historical overview of how he got on the steps of brewing.

At first a little background to Ali Rawech Szami the owner of HopTop Brewery. Ali Rawech Szami worked as a manager for a multinational company and then switched to the craft of brewing as an unexpected turn in his career. Because of his economist past and maximalist attitude, he was able to build and unite this company as one person. The award-winning recipes are all in His name, and he must also make economic decisions.

How did he become a “brewer?

First of all why, when, how he became a “brewer” which was founded in 2015.

He saw with the aim of making high-quality and varied flavors of kraft beers for the growing fan base of craft beers. Fate has shaped  site to operate in the industrial park of the former Royal Brewery, so have been able to smuggle the tradition back to this area a bit. Coincidence brought to try what it’s like to cook at home. He fell in love with the thing into the unknown. With the exception of a smaller loan, founded the company from equity. Met many good people on the way in this profession who supported him. He said he owe a lot to Antal Németh and Ádám Pein from the neighboring Monyó brewery.

Here at Kőbánya, the outside of downtown found a free infrastructure for brewing, which of course had to do with the past of the beer industry. But more importantly was to find a place where not seen as a competitor, but as friend, a colleague him. There was not a question that he want to make beer that he would like to drink as well. His brewery was born, sparkled out of love. There were no investors behind them who are only interested in profit. The HopTop Brewery at Kőbánya has competed in several international beer competitions. Out of the 2,100 entrants, only the top three in each category was awarded a medal by a 130-member jury. After their competitive successes were noticed and approached by foreign distributors, so today may say their beer exports are off to special beer lovers taste to Canada, Denmark, Finland, Russia etc. The HopTop beers can also be found on the shelves at the shops of large Hungarian chains, in specialty beer shops, also in downtown restaurants and pubs.

All who are the founders of the Kraft Beer Association give their faces and names to their product just as the winemakers do with their wines. This makes their products authentic and Kraft a real trademark.

After the presentation of Ali Rawech Szami, escorted through the entire area of the brewery factory, showing all the equipment, special barrels, hops and malts gain from abroad and held tasting of their latest beer on tap to crown our brewery tour, which is not yet on the market. Thereafter, the birthdays party began with a load of food aside the brewery at the food truck and taps of beer, and the mood was further enhanced by foot tapping to the party time music.

(The won HotTop beer awards can be traced at the upload snaps.)

Update & snaps: Aggie Reiter

Tales of the Lockdown … Original Name: Relatos Confinados

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Extraordinary film Made in Spain at the time of the lockdown.

Run time: 90mins. Original Spanish language with Hungarian subtitles

Made in Spain  – 2020 – Age limit:16

The film will hit theaters nationwide from September, 2. 2021.

Five excellent Spanish directors :  Fernando Colomo, Alvaro Fernández-Armero, David Marqués, Miguel Bardem, Juan Diego Botto came together to bring an unusual venture under the roof: to create a grotesque work that takes place during a quarantine situation. Starring: Carlos Bardem, Luis Tosar, Manuel Vasco, Carlos Bardem, Isco Alarcón, Alberto Ammann.

Shot during the confinement by the actors themselves in their homes, this is a film made up of five self-contained stories that range from romantic comedy to drama, through horror or should be said as thriller.

An assassin who wants to circle his master … A star soccer player who cherishes actoric ambitions … And furthermore could even list the strange characters that this comedy, interwoven with black humor,  stunning and dark, in some cases does not ignore touching moments.

Distributor in Hungary by Pannonia Entertainment.

Update Aggie Reiter

Fine Art Beats Raffaello – The Young Genius … Raffaello – Il giovane prodigio

Documentary movie – Italy, 90 mins, 2021 – Director: Massimo Ferrari – Narrator: Valeria Golino

Orginal languages ​​with Hungarian subtitles

At the end of August comes to the Hungarian theaters of art temples of fine art series premieres latest piece, which commemorates the picturesque genius the Renaissance – Raffaello.

The film was made in 2020, on the occasion of the 500th anniversary of the painter’s death, and will be screened in more than 60 countries from Italy to Australia.

The venue of the Hungarian screening is usually the Urania National Cinema, where art historian Kata Bodor – curator of the Museum of Fine Arts, will give an introduction before the premier August, 25 at 6.30 p.m.

After the 2017 episode of The Churches of Art series, The Prince of Art, the work explores Raffaello’s art through a whole new way.

Synopsis: Raffaello- The Young Genius tells the story of the artist from Urbino, beginning with his extraordinary early portraits of women – the Mother, the Friend, the Principle, the Secret Lover, and many important female figures on Raffaello’s paintings. Delve into Raffaello’s uncanny ability to capture celestial beauty, and to focus his gaze beyond the physicality and into the psychology of his subjects … some real, some imaginary … so that their personalities explosively emerge from his canvas.

With fascinating contributions from internationally renowned experts, this special cinema event will uncover the most significant people and places and inspirations in the life and times of Raffaello a Renaissance leader and one of the most spectacular painters in history. Detailed close-ups and expert interviews and art analyzes, which have become the trademark of the series. The life story of the painter is further illustrated by the imaginative animations of award-winning illustrator Giordano Poloni, who bring to life the most important moments of Raffaello’s life in his pictorial world, moving on the border of myth, myth, legend and reality.

Other screening locations around Hungary:

August, 26.  Makk Kálmán Cinema – Berettyóújfalu 

August, 26.  Lehel Film Theate – Jászberény   

August, 26. Kultik Cinema – Kaposvár    

August, 26. Makó Cinema – Makó

August, 29. Downtown Cinema – Szeged

August, 26. P̛Art Mozi – Szentendre       

August, 26. Nádasdy Cinema – Szigetszentmiklós

Distributor: Pannonia Entertainment

Update: Aggie Reiter

Dress Code: Art Nouveau – Extending its History of Fashion Exhibition

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Ráth György villa – Budapest

The exhibition, which opened on June, 26, 2021 extends its fashion history exhibition Dress Code: Art Nouveau until September, 12, 2021 in view of the great interest

The exhibition provides an insight into the wardrobe and lifestyle of a woman living at the turn of the century with the help of a collection of objects selected from the Textile and Wear Collection of the Museum of Applied Arts. Presenting contemporary clothing and accessories – fans, bags and umbrellas – we recall the new, airy female ideal of Art Nouveau, for whom not only the outer rail but also the inner ring has become particularly important.

Art Nouveau simultaneously closed the gorgeous wear of the 19th century and launched the rational, functionalist fashion of the 20th century. Until the outbreak of World War I, women’s wear became more and more relaxed and comfortable, as the active lifestyle, work and sports provided by everyday life already required simpler and more comfortable clothing. The exhibition showcases casual and sporty daytime and glittery nightwear.

The Art Nouveau fashion line dates back to 1899, when a new type of corset conjured a “eel-like” S-line silhouette for the ladies. The eccentric look was completed by a whimsical shoulder-to-shoulder boa, loose, wavy hair, a Japanese neck-twisted bun, and a huge, heavy hat.

From the 1880s onwards, with the proliferation of machine products, there was a need to revive traditional handicrafts, create an imitation-free art, and recreate lace art. The Halasi sewn lace, designed by Árpád Dékáni in 1902, was the only one that used a unique, new technique and, with its treasure of motifs from folk art, was at the same time organically connected to the art of European Art Nouveau. The exhibition holds among other things, the fan designed by Árpád Dékáni, who won first prize in the 1903 Water Drop Society’s competition.

Families and ladies expressed their social status, wealth, and rank through their clothes and jewelry. And at various events and social events, special attention had to be paid to the perfect appearance. An essential accessory for women’s fashion was elbow-length gloves, jewelery made of precious stones, and a headdress adorning a gorgeous prom hairstyle. However, we must not forget about the dance orders and the fans, which could not have been missing from the props of the ballad ladies either, so also from the exhibition.

In addition to festive events, sports have also become fashionable and have become an important area of ​​social life. Ice skating, for example, was seen as a less ceremonial version of balling, as on such occasions, men and women were able to meet and talk casually. Similarly, bathing – although bathing and swimming were segregated by gender – was also defined by social life and joint activity.

In addition to the garments used in sports, more comfortable and functional wear has become widespread in everyday life, for example, the use of blouses and skirts has become decisive. The university education of women and the establishment of women’s grammar schools were proposed by Gyula Wlassics (1852-1937) in 1895 by the Minister of Religion and Public Education. The participation of women in secondary and higher education, which at first hardly affected women en masse, became possible from the autumn of 1896.

Update Aggie Reiter

India Embassy @ Budapest distribute food to homeless and needy people.

Aug 12

The Embassy of India, Budapest/Hungary has also lined up several activities as part of this Mahotsav. One of the initiatives is to distribute food to homeless and needy people in Budapest on August, 12, from 12 p.m.

Embassy of India has been in consultation with ISKCON which has a food distribution program and is willing to partner with the Embassy in this noble cause. Indian company SRF is also partnering with this event.

This special event is organised under the frame of the Embassy of India in Hungary.

Update Aggie Reiter

The best Japanese film productions – free online screening

Every year, the Budapest Office of the Japan Foundation presents the best of Japanese film production with great success to the sophisticated movielovers. This year, for the first time, it will bring the experience of cinema to our living room online. Offering the largest repertoire to date, from February 26 to March 7, 2021, and will be able to watch 30 Japanese works for free  access to works by 12 independent (indie) young Japanese directors. The free online screening throughout the country will be in original language, having Hungarian or English subtitles.

Also may view including critically acclaimed award-winning works and mainstream entertainment films. The JFF PLUS Online Japan Film Festival, covers a total of 20 countries, and also was launched worldwide in November 2020.

As an initiative designed  is to bring together emerging young directors and musicians. Since its birth in 2012, this competitive film festival has provided an opportunity for a number of screenwriters and actors to present themselves as a springboard for young Japanese filmmakers.

The description of the films will also appear on the Japan Foundation’s Facebook page written in Hungarian language within the 12 days film shooting.

The films have also been screened in Thailand, Australia, Canada, North America, Germany and Spain.

@ Aggie Reiter