Authors of the catalogue

Katalin Beszprémy (1955) sociologist, Young Master of Folk Art, member of the Folk- Art Studio for Young Artists. She has participated in the Tokaj and Velem art camps. She was a regional planner for the Regional Office of the Scientific and Design Institute for Urban Planning. From 1992 onwards she worked in the Institute for Hungarian Culture, and went on to work for the Heritage House after reorganisation. She was creator, organiser and host of the TÉKA dance houses that hosted the first dance-house camp in 1983, which has served as a model for dance and craft camps around the Carpathian Basin. Working for the Living Tradition Foundation, she has for 11 years organised highly successful folk-dance and craft camps for families. She has been involved in developing the curricula for the folk craft training courses, and from 2004 onwards in setting the standards for the assessment in folk-art juries. From 2013 onwards she was project leader for the Title of my Profession – the usable tradition, folk handicraft programme.

Bertalan Andrásfalvy (1931) ethnographer. He obtained a degree in ethnography and museology in 1955 at the University of Budapest, following which he worked for museums, research institutes in Szekszárd, Pécs and Budapest. He later headed the department of ethnography at the University of Pécs. Between 1990 and 1993 he was Minister for Education under the government of József Antall. He is a corresponding member of the Saint Stephen Academy and the Hungarian Academy of Arts. He holds a professor emeritus title, and has received the Isván Győrffy Commemorative Medal, and the Hungarian Heritage and Széchenyi Awards. His research work deals with economic and artistic traditions in Hungarian peasant culture, which he considers to be an essential collection of experience in the shaping of our future.

Ágnes Fülemile (1960) is a senior research fellow at the Institute of Ethnology at the RCH of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest and the editor-in-chief of the Acta Ethnographica Hungarica English language academic journal. She has MA degrees in ethnography, history and art history, PhD in Ethnography from ELTE, Budapest and MPhil in history of dress from the Courtauld Institute of University of London. She was a Fulbright visiting scholar at the Anthropology Department of UC Berkeley (1992), the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (1993), and at Rutgers University (1999). In 2006–2009 she was the visiting Hungarian Chair Professor at Indiana University, Bloomington. While working as the director of the Balassi Institute’s Hungarian Cultural Center in New York (2012–2014), she curated the 2013 Smithsonian Folklife Festival’s Hungarian Program in Washington, DC. She received the Award of the Hungarian American Coalition in 2013 and the Order of Merit of the Hungarian Republic, Officer's Cross in 2014.

György Szegő DLA (1947) architect, applied artist. Following numerous solo exhibitions he went on to become stage designer for the Kaposvár Theatre. He was stage designer for the play Marat/Sade, and received the grand prix at the Belgrade BITEF World Theatre Festival in 1982. In the same year he became a member of the Bambini di Praga creative design team. The communist regime silenced him. He became an art writer, an editor, curator and researcher of architectural ornaments and symbols. His books include Teremtés és átváltozás [Creation and transformation] (H&G, 1996), Privátfotó Szimbólumszótár [Dictionary of symbols in private photographs] (Theater Art Fotó, 1998). He has received the Mari Jászai and Ybl awards and the Merited and Excellent Artist award. Since 2014 he has been artistic director of Műcsarnok. He curated, among other shows, Diaspora and art (1997), Scenery (1998), Chagall (1999), Venice Architectural Biennale (2000), Dreamers of dreams (2001), National Salon of Architecture (2014), Schöffer (2015), Fresh/Jovián (2016), Nine Ateliers/Turcsányi (2018).

Designer of the exhibition

Csaba Jakab DLA (Lupeni, Ro, 1965) architect, interior designer, furniture designer, writer, university professor. He graduated from the Academy of Applied Arts in 1993, following which he obtained a masters’ degree. He completed his DLA in 2007 at the Moholy Nagy University of Art and Design in architecture with applied arts, and obtained habilitation at the Universoty of Pécs in 2016. He has been working as senior architect at HÉT-fő Bt., a studio he founded. He has taught since 1993, and has been head of interior design at the Saint Stephen University in Győr. He has been a university professor since autumn 2017. He has been active as a research scholar since his college years. He was curator and designer for the 14th Venice Arcitectural Biennale in 2014. He has been engaged in the methodology of teaching architecture since 2014, and has researched creative camps.