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The World’s Eye Will Focus in January 2022 on Budapest … See Why!

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Budapest International Circus Festival – January, 12 – 17. 2022.
Venue: District, XIV. 12/a Zoo Blvd. Budapest – Hungary

On Monday’s opened press conference in the Budapest Grand Circus, Péter Fekete – Secretary of State for Culture and Minister for the Renewal Circus Art, announced that the Monte-Carlo International Circus Festival, the world’s largest circus festival, will be missing for the second time due to the epidemic. Those professionals who are unable to go to Monte-Carlo will be able to attend the event in Budapest. He emphasized: Q: „This extraordinary situation adds value to the Budapest event, which is one of the three or four major circus festivals in the world.”
Within the press conference were highlighted the following:
The first Budapest International Circus Festival was organized in 1996 by the experts of the Hungarian Circus and Variety (MACIVA). The then director, István Kristóf and his son, Kristóf Krisztián, were greatly assisted in the work and establishment of the festival by László Varjasi, Impressionist Eduardo Murillo and Tihany Franz Czeisler, circus director of Hungarian origin.

One of the most prestigious circus festivals in the world, the Budapest International Circus Festival will be held for the 14th occasion between January, 12-17. 2022, at Capital Grand Circus – Budapest the one-and-only stone circus theater in Central Europe. 

Circus professionals and lovers eyes will have their eyes wide open  screening  Budapest – Hungary  from every corner of the Earth.
The honorary citizen at the circus will be Dr. Alan Ferry.

Within the festival’s program:
The line up of the international jury made up of variety leaders, circus members from around the Globe speaks for itself … Ukraine, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Georgia, Canada, France, United States, Russia.
Introduction of the young Hungarian artist and arriving from Kiev and Italy artist training students.

Within the 6 days … Programs Day-by-Day will be held at several venues:
Day„0” – January, 11. Two scientific programs are connected to the festival the international scientific Conference and Exhibition from 10 a.m. can be visited to the end of the festival. The international scientific conference entitled “Circus Buildings in Europe” … covering cultural – societal research, with speakers from Canada, United Britain, France and Bulgaria. Venue: Museum of Fine Arts Budapest. The conference will focus on the processes and issues of the emergence, survival, change of function, transformation, destruction and renewal of European circus buildings – researched and research-ready European examples and documents. The invited circus experts, scientific researchers and public collection experts present the place and role of circus buildings in the European architecture from several perspectives, the peculiarities of circus buildings in the context of the characteristic architectural culture of the entertainment industry and the performing arts.
Also to be held the pedagogical methodological conference entitled “Possibilities of Circus Pedagogy in the Hungarian Education System”. Participation is free of charge, no registration is needed.

Day0 – January, 11. @ 7 p.m. those interested in the circus wonderland will be able to attend at the workshop of the CircusTheatrum entitled “Saint Witch” written and directed by Ákos Kalmár and Dániel Lev Pál. Based on the Midsummer Night’s Dreamers – Shakespeare’s classic stage work comes to life in the circus. Theater, circus, music and dance are combined into a special all-arts production in the new performance. It is a project of the Performing Arts High School of the Imre Baross Artist Training Institute.

Day1 – January, 12. @ 5 p.m.“The Red Carpet Show” a solemn procession of artists in front of the Capital Grand Circus

Day2 – January, 13. from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m A scientific and methodological conference entitled “Possibilities of Circus Pedagogy in the Hungarian Education System”. Venue: ceremonial hall @ the Hungarian Agricultural Museum. The focus of the event is on the research and use of the pedagogical aspects of circus art, the connection points between circus and education, which seek the answer to: how, by what means and methods can circus pedagogy make the Hungarian education system more efficient, diverse and interesting. Invited circus professionals, scientific researchers and educational leaders will be present.

Day3 – January, 14. @ 1 p.m. „Newcomer Show.” the future Hungarian artist talents performance whereas not only to the audience, but also to be shown to the professional excellence, circus directors and impresarios.

Day1 to Day6 – January, 12-17. 2022, the Capital Grand Circus – Budapest the only stone circus in Central Europe, is awaiting visitors to the WonderVille of Arts to watch the “A” and “B” competition programs on several occasions. There is no clutter between the two performances only the participation of a large number of artists had to be divided to “A” and “B” performances.
January, 12. “A” Show @ 7 p.m.
January, 13. “B” Show @ 7 p.m.
January, 15. Show “B” @ 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
January, 16. Show “A” @ 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
January, 17. @ 7 p.m. Gala Show
January, 17. Within the award ceremony production the “Star Dance” will be presented.

The XIV. Budapest International Circus Festival Gala program will be a lifetime to remember for all those visitors and artistic members who took part in it.

The circus capacity is not infinite, so arrange in advance for tickets to the performances ASAP on the spot.

By the end of the Press Conference, we got a taste of a world number performance which was Unicycle, ridden by the Spanish Pavel Valla Bertini. The audience will also be able to watch a breathtaking performance at the 2022 International Circus Festival.

Riport and snaps Aggie Reiter

The 13th International Circus Festival – Artists of the World @ Budapest 2020.

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Wednesday, January, 8. – Monday, January 13. 2020.

District XIV., 12/a Állatkert Blvd.

What to expect … It is not an Ordinary World … It is the Circus Artists’s World!

In recent years, Budapest became a major meeting point for circus arts. Magnificent Artists and Acrobats of the World arriving to the Capital Circus Festival to Budapest.

During the early evening hours of yesterday officials and press members were awaiting for the touch down flight from Beijing Capital International Airport to welcome the 13 young circus artist upon their arrival at the Budapest Liszt Ferenc International Airport. The Chinese delegation arrived from Beijing with 31 members and no question … they will be delighted to show their performance within the Chinese National Circus Troupe. Many may know the China contemporary circus arts leading in our time. China being the best artist training institution in the world. The Chinese circus art reach back to 2000 years of history, their education, training, own methods stand behind their current successes. If you want to get a renewed Hungarian circus the goals is to turn towards new directions. China being the best artist training institution in the world.

Péter Fekete – State Secretary for Culture open the press conference, by greeting the circus artist delegation at the SkyCourt Conference Center – Budapest Airport press office, whereas local circus professionals talked about the upcoming 6 days appearances by the young  artists from China.  Continued Q.: This will be the 13th occasion when not just only the Circus world draw attention to Hungary. Around the world the Acrobats prepared themselves over the past two year to introduce their knowledge by which they can step into the forefront of the world.  For a competition like this there is two important things to have jury present of the world’s professional leaders, circus directors, managers whom will decide who are the best-of-the-best circus artists and secondly the audience.”  It has been announced, and there are two professional programs related to the festival. On January, 9. the UNESCO International Professional Conference, held at the Museum of Fine Arts, will address the current issues of the domestic and foreign intangible cultural heritage of circus art. On January, 10. the European Circus Association (ECA) will hold a technical conference at the Museum of Agriculture. The two major themes at the symposium will be artist education and education for children traveling in the circus.

Was also highlighted, that the negotiations are already on green lights  between China and the Hungarian on mutual co-operation in the division of circus artist training abroad in China. This year in the coming September three groups of “artistic seedlings” travel to China in training, then after transfer their experience into artistic training in Budapest.

At the Circus Arena it is very important the auxiliary tools, such as the light conditions, the lighting, the music to enjoy the production  also by the 2000 in the audience and  not less for the competitors, who indeed wish to reap just what they sow … be a winner! Winners at the international festival will be on the program at the Budapest Circus for two and a half months.

The Budapest International Circus Festival is the second most prestigious circus festival in the world and has been held every two years since 1996. Professionals of the Hungarian Circus and Variety Non-profit Ltd. (MACIVA) had a dream. The dream came true and the circus festival has grown up, became a real adult over the 23 years and proven to be in the line organizing circus world festivals in addition to the Monte Carlo and so forth. Budapest Circus has earned the recognition and at this coming grand event will be just splendid to watch the artists from around the world at the circus arena. The judges will be by professionals, circus directors, artist managers, not to mention the breath holding exited audience.

Showtime & Specific Dates roll over to English version

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Newsflash: Renewed Romanesque Hall at the Museum of Fine Arts

March, 25. up till April, 2. 2018.

Can be visited free of charge.

The renewed Romanesque Hall of the Museum of Fine Arts will be open to the public, every day from 10 a.m., last admission at 5 p.m. Closing of the Hall starts at 5.40 pm.

Entry is on ʺfirst come, first served”!

No arrange reservations or bookings is needed. The guided tours in the Romanesque Hall is forbidden to everyone, nor even for partly groups.

Due to the limited capacity of the museum hall, the number of visitors is limited, therefore occasionally waiting outside the building can be expected.​

Visitor Rules for the Romanesque Hall … In order to protect our values please consider the following rules during your visit: Touching the walls of the Romanesque Hall is strictly forbidden. Please keep a distance of at least 20 cm from the walls of the Hall.

It is forbidden to bring bottles, food, drink, pets (except guide dogs) into the Hall, or any objects that might harm or endanger the safety of other visitors, employees of the museum or the artworks of the Hall.

The temperature in the Hall is approximately 20°C. It is not obligatory to leave coats and bags in the cloakroom unless they are wet. Kindly ask the visitors to leave travel bags and umbrellas in the cloakroom.

As all around the world, eating, and drinking is forbidden in the Hall. It is also prohibited to smoke in the building including electronic cigarettes.

Taking photographs and recording videos, exclusively for personal use, is permitted in the Hall. Flash photography, mono-pods and tripods are not permitted.

Children below the age of 2 can be taken in the Hall in strollers or in baby carriers.

The Romanesque Hall is accessible for disabled visitors as well.

After this period the museum will be closed, it can be visited again from 31 October 2018.

For further information: Museum of Fine Arts  +36 30 682 4899, between 10 a.m. 5.30 p.m.


Update Aggie Reiter


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Let me start with my Herald news by saying the following: Last year during the Springtime here in Budapest the  Museum of Fine Arts welcomed the awesome exhibition of the Mummies Uncovered. Last month ended that superb exhibition and as the Mummies left came another extremely well introduced  land of arts by bringing  from Beijing  exhibition of  “Openness and Integration” collected from the Chinese Museum of  Fine and Contemporary Art. The exhibition introduce the past three decades by showing the collection of 120 piece of extraordinary ArtWorld of Chine.

The press and media representatives were called to meet the representatives from the Museum of Arts from Beijing and also  had a guided tour by the curator at the Museum of Fine Arts. The exhibition triggered deeply the interest of China’s Fine and contemporary ArtWorld of the 21st century.

The Chinese Museum of Fine and Contemporary  is  brought to Budapest in the frame of the exchange visit by the Fine Art Museum of Budapest visit of last year in Beijing. This year Budapest invited the  representatives of the Museum of Fine and contemporary Art from Chine to hold an exhibition here in Budapest.

Now what the main point to stress out this Herald News here!

The exhibition is only a one time show. At the end of the exhibition September, 09. 2012 all the art works will be heading back to Chine! No other European countries will be able to see these pieces of art, unless they come during the following one month to Budapest.

So, minding all who are  interested in this marvelous collection of Chinese Art, must take their walking shoes and go to see them at the Fine Arts Museum – Budapest.

August, 10 until September, 9. 2012.

The recommended time for a comfy  and enjoyable visit, take yourself 2 hours.

Opening hours: Tuesday – Sunday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Address:  District XIV. 41 Dózsa György Road – Budapest

Now get ready,here we go on a little art tour to the Far-East without having to sit-fly for hours for the arrival to Beijing!

A wonderful collection of the Chinese  Museum of Arts from the East and West – Old and New.

The title of the exhibition:

“Openness and Integration”

Hosted by the Museum of Fine Arts. The National Art Museum of China selected over 100 oil paintings, traditional Chinese ink-and-wash paintings,drawings, prints and sculptures with the aim of providing a cross-section of the artistic trends of the recent past, the complex techniques applied by artists as well as with the diversity and wealth of Chinese art. The exhibition showcasing the art of the period from 1978 to the present day covers a floor space of almost two thousand square meters and approaches this colourful world of art from three perspectives. The works displayed in the section The Adversities of Time reflect the social developments of the reform period in China, The Poetry of Nature illustrates how Chinese landscape painting with its tradition of over one thousand years continues even today, while The Delights of Diversity shows the various trends that co-exist side by side. The flourishing of contemporary Chinese art has taken place in tandem with economic growth. The art of the last three decades in a country that has embraced the challenges of globalisation is intricately interwoven with China’s social reality, which since the declaration of the People’s Republic of China in 1949 has been in a state of continuous change. The trends that came from Europe and North America exerted a meaningfully significant impact upon contemporary Chinese art (beginning with Expressionism through Pop Art right up to Action Art).  The search for different ways of seeing things and new tools of expression resulted in the kind of processes that have lasted to the present day and which themselves integrate the new but nevertheless maintain links with traditions, albeit at varying levels of intensity. The experiments of the artists seeking to develop a novel visual language have brought forth works created with the most diverse medium sand techniques: beyond ink-and-wash and oil paintings, drawings and woodcuts, photography and video art have also attained accentuated significance in the Chinese art of recent decades.  

Directly after 1949 art traditionally served as a vehicle for representing ideals rather than a means of accurate representation of reality, while in many cases artists were forced to work in isolation, secluded from the world. The classic monochrome ink-and-wash pictures depicting birds, flowers and landscapes proclaimed the philosophy of the unity of man and nature through the use of visual tools; however, they slowly became obsolete since they were no longer suitable for the realistic representation of tangible reality. In the meantime, the oil painting technique adopted from Europe became the government’s most favoured tool enabling it to super  events and figures. Moreover, during the “culturalrevolution” between 1966 and 1976 the art scene virtually ceased to exist with artists being vilified and exiled to the provinces.    

From 1978, under the leadership of Deng Xiaoping, ideological trends of a new kind began to define the development of Chinese art. The contemporary trends that came from the West questioned the purely realistic artistic approach and prompted artists to experiment with modern tools of expressive while at the same time encouraged them to rethink traditional artistic forms. By fusing the artistic tools of abstraction and expressionism with the spirituality of traditional Chinese painting a new style emerged in this period. Further new trends appeared in the 80’s and 90’s, including “rural realism”, which depicted themes taken from the countryside,“classicism” with its roots in Europe, as well as Avantgarde trends borrowed from Western art, such as Expressionism (which appealed to Chinese artists because of its highly subjective symbolic content), Surrealism and Hyper-realism. In addition to Avantgarde trends the old genres also gained impetus in Chinese art, albeit with a significantly renewed content. Pictures made with the traditional ink-and-wash technique and woodblock printing preserving classical Chinese aesthetics and symbols are still present today,although they now reflect an image of modern society.       

Following the spirit of “reform and openness” the institutional system also underwent a restructuring with restrictions lifted and freedom granted for artistic experimentation. The Chinese art of the last three decades can be characterised by unprecedented change and along with this process the international recognition of Chinese artists has grown. Contemporary Chinese artists are now regular participants at international exhibitions. Moreover, in 2011 five of the ten artists generating the highest earnings at international auctions were Chinese with 212 million USD being paid for the art of Wu Guanzhong, some of whose works will be showcased at the Budapest exhibition.

The exhibition  displays the fine art of China throughout in three chapters:

The Adversities of Time

The works in this section are not merely works of art but also documents of a turbulent era.

After the 1978 policy of “reform and openness” was declared the artists that had been exiled were allowed to return to their profession and the training of new generations of artists also began.Artists strove to detach themselves from the standard depiction of social realism and a wealth of new trends emerged. The initial years saw the development of the art of “scars”, which was an attempt to come to terms with the tribulations of the preceding decades. In the framework of the forming ideological vacuum artists tried to find resolution to issues defining the life of the nation and along with this sought to discover their own identities. In addition to depicting historical-political themes Chinese artists strove to accurately capture the rapidly changing Chinese reality that surrounded them and they depicted real people and lives in their pictures instead of the idealised workers and peasants of the previous era. New themes were provided by urbanisation, globalization as well as the relentless progress of the market economy and fundamental changes in society. Rapid growth has brought along with it new opportunities and a deep sense of optimism but at the same time new problems were continually coming to the surface.    

The Poetry of Nature

The approach of Chinese landscape painting, which stretches back over one thousand years, fundamentally differs from its western counterpart, its objective is not to depict a given landscape but instead to capture the relationship between man and nature and to represent an ideal spiritual home. Chinese landscape pictures do not depict actual and scape but rather the internal world of the painter. A break took place with ancient traditions between the 1950s and 1970s, in which time man became the conqueror of nature instead being a part of it. However, from the 1970s onwards the notion of the unity of man and nature was revived and Chinese landscape depiction returned to its roots. At the same time, the genre was renewed to a major extent. Artists in China have now broken out of the constraints of traditional ink-and-wash painting with some landscapes being made with western oil painting and modern graphic techniques, and traditional ideals are embraced by using the most diverse of materials, approaches and styles.Some artists aim for a spatial depiction of the landscape but now the rules that used to govern the kinds of landscapes that could be depicted are no more.       

The Delights of Diversity

In the new era Chinese artists are free to choose their themes and techniques, and can bravely experiment and seek their own artistic modes of expression. The world has opened up before them and they are able to blend the old with the new, and Chinese with foreign art, thus creating their own unique idiom. The many and diverse styles and techniques have made the Chinese fine arts of today extraordinarily colourful, varied and dynamic: traditional ink-and-wash painters and postmodern media artists work side by side with the representatives of realistic oil painting and abstract experimentation, influencing each other. Both traditional genres and contemporary trends are experiencing a golden age. The boundaries between the various branches of art have become indistinct and traditional categories are no longer applicable in China either. The Chinese art scene has become international.  Chinese artists now form part of and indeed shape global trends,while striving to preserve their own national characteristics.

There were pieces that surely made favours, mention just one of them that caught my eyes. I could have spent hours just going strolling through the sights on the huge wall painting, showing the different lifestyles throughout the VILLAGES painted by  LIN SEN.  See in the collection of snaps.

Update and snaps Aggie Reiter