Szilágyi András (szerk.): Ars Decorativa 28. (Budapest, 2012)

Balázs SEMSEY: Architecture and Museology at the End of the 19th Century

BALÁZS SEMSEY ARCHITECTURE AND MUSEOLOGY AT THE END OF THE 19™ CENTURY THE "HUNGARIAN ROOM" OF THE MUSEUM OF APPLIED ARTS - A CASE STUDY It is probably unique in the history of Hun­garian museums that some of the original inventoried items of the collection can be found at the same place - as part of the building - for over a century now. 1 The chief elements in the so-called "Hungarian room" on the first floor of the Hőgyes End­re (formerly Rákos) street wing are the choir loft - i.e. gallery - made in 1724 and transferred here from the Calvinist church of Sóly, and the painted coffered wooden ceiling of the demolished church in Maksa (now Moac^a, Romania) from 1766 (fig. 1). This ensemble was built into their present­1. The "Hungarian room" of the Museum of Applied Arts, photo: Antal Weinwurm, 1897 (MAA Archive F LT 25533) 7