Frames of Color – The Emergence of the Polychromatic City

Lechner in Paris Text: Barry Bergdoll Ödön Lechner’s highly original corpus of work in the 1890s and opening years of the twentieth century is so associated with the notion of Secessionist departure from tradition and with the folk art infused art nouveau practices of other designers – like Antonio Gaudi in Catalonia or Lars Sonck […]

Ödön Lechner, the Architect of the Modernization Period

National Style in Europe Text: Ilona Sármány-Parsons The attempts made by Ödön Lechner to create a genuinely Hungarian architectural style has been the topic of heated theoretical debates for over a century now. It encourages each generation to try to realize Lechner’s dream from time to time, but in turn, these efforts tend to generate […]

The Generation of Vagabonds

Organic Architecture Today Text: László Kuli After the death of Imre Makovecz, it seemed necessary to survey and assess to what extent his oeuvre influenced contemporary Hungarian architecture, where his influence is traceable, and which individual buildings may be associated with the organic concept. Apropos of this, many architects are mentioned who may not have […]

Architecture in the Hagenbund

Pragmatic Modernism – In-Between Avantgarde and Mainstream Text: Matthias Boeckl The „architecture of the Hagenbund” represents a field of activities on the margins of avantgarde and beyond which regularly supplied standard architecture with the essences of Modernist ideas. AS it was widely accepted it used to have more significant influence that the spectacular expressions of […]

Hungarians in the Network of Hagenbund in Vienna (1900–1938)

The Charm of the “Other Modernism” Text: Éva Bajkay The central museum of Austrian art, the Belvedere devoted an exhibition of new perspectives at the end of to the association of artists named after Josef Hagen innkeeper, the short name of which is Hagenbund. It was not the works of the members but the network […]