Szilágyi András (szerk.): Ars Decorativa 24. (Budapest, 2006)

Events 2003-2005 (Judit Pataki)

draw and design cards all night long. Anyone could perform in the show of the card-juggler Dr. Gábor Szabó G., get to know their future at the oracle, learn the tricks of tarot from a group of professional players, have photos taken of themselves as 19 ,h-century card figures and buy cards in the museum shop. After the 1867 Compromise, Vince Wartha, head of the Technology Department of the Technical University and a great organizer and promoter of Hungarian scientific life, while directing and developing the university library, created a collection of ceramic and glass works that up till now is a major technological source for scientists who conduct research on tech­niques of shaping and decorating ceramics and glasses. Since 1948 this collection of several hundreds of pieces has been housed mainly in the Museum of Applied Arts. On the 150"' anniversary of the Vince Wartha's birth, the museum and the Vince Wartha Ceramic Art Foundation paid homage to him with the exhi­bition 'Science and Art. In memóriám Vincze Wartha' and with the publishing of a memorial volume that contained the reprint version of his articles and a study by Vera Varga and László Ferenczy. The exhibition was organised by Dr. Vera Varga and Katalin T. Bruder and was inau­gurated by Dr. Ernő Marosi, member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. The Design Museum of Gent set up the exhi­bition 'Forms from Flanders 1900-2000'. The exhibition, organised by the Flemish communi­ty of Belgium, gave an insight into the 100 years of Flemish design. It was displayed in several European cities, and then it came to Budapest, where it was open to the public from 13 August to 11 December. At the inaugural Marc Trenteseau, ambassador of Belgium and Mr. Leven Daenens, director of the Design Museum made speeches. The exhibition was inaugurated by Erika Koncz. deputy undersec­retary of state of the Ministry of National Heritage. In 2005, as usually, the Hungarian Design Council organised the three-week exhibition 'Hungarian Design Prize', which displayed the prize-winner and outstanding works of the Hungarian Design Prize. The event was inau­gurated by Judit Droppa, rector of the University of Craft and Design and Dr. András Bozóki, minister of culture. Erzsébet Szabó, artist-craftsman, glass designer and winner of Munkácsy Prize, started her career in the 1950s; her artistic activity, which culminated in the 1960s, constitutes a synthesis of contemporary applied art and glass art. The exhibition of her oeuvre (open to the public from 11 November to 17 December), which displayed nearly 300 objects, was inau­gurated by Dr. Vera Varga in the presence of László Sólyom, President of the Republic of Hungary. The 20 ,h century is characterized by numer­ous events that question the existence of tapes­try art. This is why Lívia Pápay decided to deal with the theory of this branch of art, wrote her PhD thesis on this matter and organised the exhibition 'Living Fabric' The exhibition, rep­resentative of the artist's 25-year activity, was inaugurated by Károly Simon, general director of the Museum. It was open to the public until 1 January. The graphic biennales are organised in Békéscsaba every two years. The objects dis­played at the exhibition 'The 14 th National Biennale of Design Graphics' were selected by the art historian Dr. Hédi Szepes from the mate­rial of the Békéscsaba muster. The exhibition (open from 23 December 2005 to 31 January 2006) was inaugurated by Dr. Zsolt Petrányi, general director of the Műcsarnok. Juciit Pataki