CROSS SECTION 2014–2019
György Szegő DLA
In the last five years the Műcsarnok has served as the venue for the National Salons, which have attracted significant interest from professional circles and the lay audience alike. Every year the fresh achievements of another genre are presented. In 2019 architecture is in focus, with special emphasis on communal force and collective activity, which play an increasing role in architectural space and its creation.
Now, at the 2nd National Salon of Architecture, we have only picked our exhibits from the short period of five years that have passed since the last exhibitions. The watchword is architectural quality. I have invited the architect and university professor Mihály Balázs, architect and journal editor Bálint Botzheim, and architecture historian Miklós Sulyok to act as co-curators, each dealing with a different major theme. Ferenc Potzner, architect and art historian, Péter Pozsár, architect, and Sándor Böröcz, light designer, also contributed to a different themed part of the exhibition each. In the central hall we offer a Cross-section of half a century of architecture, to the left the new topic of Community Architecture, and to the right the past of the Miskolc Architecture Workshop and the work of its members. In the Apse, the focus is on the architectural oeuvre of István Medgyaszay, who passed away sixty years ago, and who studied the merging of tradition with new technology, as well as our heritage shared with the East, while showing the unity of tradition and innovation in a way that remains valid to this day. One one side of the Apse is the space for recently deceased architects, and the Competition Entries block looking ahead to the future, while on the other the Silhouette of the Future, the visionary designs of the new generation of young architects are on display. For the duration of the exhibition the hall on the right will be shared by a light sculpture and the Hello Wood production.