Gyula Tálos: The House of Hungarian Folk Art
Gyula Tálos: The House of Hungarian Folk Art
Gyula Tálos: The House of Hungarian Folk Art

Work of Art in Focus – February 2024

At the exhibition entitled "Never Realised Buildings in Budapest" features architectural plans that were actually never constructed. The drawings and models on display here were created for various reasons and cover a wide range of town buildings that eventually never existed.

The exhibition reveals a part of architecture that is lesser known to the general public, and gives an insight into the process of creating drawings, models and design concepts. The drawings, models, projected plans and videos on display at this exhibition also convincingly prove that the work of architectural designers constitutes an autonomous art form and is worth exhibiting.

One of the most carefully elaborated plans in the exhibition is a work by Gyula Tálos completed in 1962: this work presents designs of a then-to-be-constructed building, the House of Hungarian Folk Art. The work, produced with ink and watercolour on paper, reveals the design of the planned building of the House of Hungarian Folk Art with such rich and meticulous details that the building itself can be considered a work of art in its own right. And this is the reason why this design was chosen as the Work of Art in Focus for the month of February. The level of detailedness and sophistication of the plan is astonishing, especially that the plan and design, at least in this stage, were never meant to be built.

Gyula Tálos: The House of Hungarian Folk Art, mid-risalit, 1962; ink and watercolour on paper

The centrepiece of the planned House of Hungarian Folk Art is a sculpture of a peacock, which is symbolic in Hungarian folk art. The peacock appears on objects, embroideries, in sayings and songs, and is assumed to be connected to eastern roots. In folk poetry, the peacock is a symbol of eternal love and of a bird of seduction.

Showcased in Pesti Vigadó's exhibition halls situated on the ground floor and basement, this exhibition is open until 27th February 2024.