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The new English version of our homepage will be presented to the international audience on 06.06.2011 at the “Multilateral Exchange” of the Réseau Art Nouveau Network in Barcelona. The topic of the workshop is: “New Technologies and Social Networks in the Diffusion of Heritage: Challenges and Opportunities”.

The programme of the Multilateral Exchange :

http://www.artnouveau-net.eu/Network/Actions/Exchanges/tabid/141/language/en-GB/Default.aspx

Presentation for the workshop:

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Béla Lajta architect – exhibition of the Budapest City Archives.

12.10.2010 – 11.02.2011

The Municipal Archives of Budapest decided to dedicate this autumn’s architectural history exhibition to the 90th anniversary of the death of Béla Lajta. The Archives, in cooperation with other private and public collections considered it appropriate to organize an exhibition presenting Lajta’s oeuvre, even if (due to our limited possibilities) in its barest outlines.

The exhibition seeks partly to present to the public a more detailed picture of the architect’s personality. Its first part shows some sources of inspiration in Lajta’s career (only loosely following the actual chronology of his biography), and maps out some components of his social and intellectual network. Apart from hitherto unknown architectural sources and documents concerning the Leitersdorfer family and Lajta’s major commissioners, we can showcase curiosities like some representative pieces from the collection of photographs Lajta acquired during his study trips abroad and items from his collection of Muslim ceramic fragments, folk artefacts and liturgical objects.

The second part of the exhibition wishes to give a more detailed picture of Lajta’s major works, which the members of the public interested in the architectural heritage of Budapest might know fairly well, but which have survived only in a transformed or incomplete shape – often becoming so already during Lajta’s lifetime. As far as the fragmented sources allow us to do so, we try to present the subsequent phases of the planning process, which often show great differences between the stages – as well, as some typical features of the final building, and, in some cases, the stages of the following transformation process as well. We are lucky to do this using mainly planning sheets, photographs and documents that has never featured at exhibitions before. A separate unit within the exhibition outlines the work of those architects – Béla Málnai and Lajos Kozma, among others – who started their careers at Lajta’s office to became renowned later in their own right.

List of the artworks shown at the exhibition:

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Poster of the exhibition:

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Invitation card of the exhibition:

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The oeuvre of Bela Lajta

Competition plans for the synagogue of the Lipótváros district, Music shop of Ferenc and Mór Bárd, Porch of the Café New York, Zenta Fire Station, Dezső Malonyay’s house, Wechselmann Boarding School for Blind Children, Family vault of Mrs. Benjámin Griesz, Jónás Hecht and Son’s Textile Shop, Charity Home of the Pest Chevra Kadisa, Ceremonial Building of the Salgótarjáni Street Jewish cemetery, Parisiana night club, Vocational Secondary School of Trade, Apartment block of the Harsányi Bros., Central office and apartment block of the Bank of Erzsébetváros, Shop and apartment block of the Lajta Bros., Budapest Public Library, Grammar School of the Pest Jewish Congregation…

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Biographical documents

Documents of the Leitersdorfer family, Studies, Marriage, Activity in professional organisations, Lajta-portraits, Items from the art collection, Fragments of oriental ceramics, Photographic collection, Correspondence, Texts on and by Béla Lajta…

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