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It was exactly 100 years ago that the Bauhaus in Weimar opened its doors in 1919 as an educational and training institution under the management of Walter Gropius. The anniversary is celebrated across the world with spectacular exhibitions. As a movement, the Bauhaus was the most influential resource and milestone in the history of modern art, while also functioning as an art workshop and a reform school. Its ideals and practices have inspired countless subsequent art movements and tendencies, but its original program offered even more: a comprehensive aesthetic reform of life from the quotidian to the arts.

The exhibition of Tamás Király (1952–2013) is the first large-scale, retrospective presentation of an artist in Hungary whose activity cannot be classified into traditional genres and trends. Obviously, his work is mainly related to dressing and fashion, but in his perception, clothing is a border area where fashion, film, theatre, performance and art meet. His clothes are at once costumes, mobile sculptures, futuristic transformations, and the future-looking creations of an artist ahead of his own age.

Guillermo Kahlo was the father of perhaps the world’s most photographed artist, Frida Kahlo. In Mexico he is revered as an iconic photographer, whose work is also highly rated in the international photographic art scene, although he is less well-known here in Hungary. This exhibition showcases a selection of his special images. We offer a journey back in time to the Mexico of a bygone age: The photographs taken in the first three decades of the 1900s are thrilling snapshots of the country’s rich, centuries-old architectural heritage, nourished by diverse cultures and traditions, as well as documenting the monumental Mexican construction projects that spanned the early part of the last century.

Traditional Jewish cemeteries are like immense pages of old chronicles or the Scripture, handwritten on the soil with gravestones as letters and lanes as background, dotted with ritual buildings and framed by long walls. Modern Jewish graves depart from this world in order to bring Jewish cemeteries closer to the Christian world. Photographs by Rudolf Klein offer an insight into this world.

The newly set collection display makes attempts to present emphatic points not only in well-organised chronological order or along stylistic features, but to examine the characteristics, consonances, differences as well as the artistic-cultural parallels between Western and Eastern art. The collection renders it possible to show up substantive parallelism within the lifeworks of artists with dedicated and critical approach from Western as well as Eastern countries.

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