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Canonized art from the recent past
It is a particularly brave move to bring slightly more abstract contemporary art to the Balaton shore, but it luckily seems to be paying off. The spring exhibition of Béla Kondor was a memorable success, with the collection of photos by Károly Hemző and the paintings of Ilona Keserü, currently on display, likely to have a similar effect on visitors. Behind the scenes, preparations for new, not strictly contemporary, exhibitions are already being made.
The exhibition entitled Hungarian artists in Italy 1800-1850 will open on 9 August, including romantic landscapes by Hungarian artists painted during their study visits to the region. At another event organized for fall to commemorate the anniversary of the outbreak of World War I, visitors will have a chance to view paintings loaned by the Hungarian National Gallery and the Museum of Fine Arts. The aim of the curator trio, made up by Enikő Róka, György Szűcs and Eszter Balázs, is to show the influence of the war on society and the resulting changes in art through paintings of the era.
Apart from being an exhibition space, the villa also functions as a hosting venue with a five-member council of curators making the final decision regarding the concepts. In comparison with other art-displaying venues in Füred, such as the Jókai Emlékház, the Városi Múzeum and the Kisfaludy Galéria, the Vaszary Villa is without a doubt closest to the vein of contemporary art. With an approach that is almost, but not completely contemporary, they put particular emphasis on featuring canonized, well-known names. Even if Füred is a relatively progressive town, embracing contemporary art in its entirety would be too much of a risk at this point, a staff member at the Villa told us.
Taking a cue from the popular thematic walks of Budapest, the Vaszary Villa is also trying to move its audience outside, for example with a Reform Era-themed route, where you can hear stories about historic buildings and even the Füred adventures of Lujza Blaha and Mór Jókai.
Coffee, fröccs, art
The plans for the Vaszary Kávézó, which is to be reopened soon, also fit into the concept of an interactive museum offering versatile entertainment options. Hosting art film screenings and temporary photo exhibitions by local artists, the café has taken over part of the garden and it invites guests to do so as well.