Between 2 November 2019 and 29 February 2020 Ferenczy Museum Center’s museums can be visited with shorter opening hours:
Tuesday–Sunday: 10 am – 5 pm
Ticket office is open until 5 pm.
Kovács Margit Ceramics Museum:
Monday–Sunday: 10 am – 5 pm
Ticket office is open until 5 pm.


Szentendre’s Plein Air Exhibition in Rome

One of the most exciting chapters of modern Hungarian art is connected to the Szentendre Plein Air Exhibition, launched in 1968. When, back in the day, young, self-taught visual artists decided to create an exhibition space on Szendendre’s Church Hill for themselves and their peers out in the open, this counted as a gesture of special importance: they established a real perspective for freedom in a single-party state dictatorship [the Hungarian term for “plein air” (“szabadtéri”) incorporates the words “free” and “space”]. The exhibition Art Ante Portas, held at last year’s Art Capital in celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of Szentendre Plein Air, was a kind of homage to this exceptional forum – with the involvement of numerous artists who had exhibited there in the past. This year, on the 12th of October, Szentendre’s Plein Air Exhibition will make a guest appearance in Rome, in a street famous for its lively art scene: the Via dei Cappellari. It will feature many old and new exhibiting artists, including István efZámbó, László feLugossy, Imre Bukta, Zsolt Asztalos, Eszter Csurka, József Baksai, Ilona Lovas, József Gaál, Éva Magyarósi, János Szirtes, Barbara Nagy and Ottó Vincze. The exhibition, which will be realised within the framework of the Mirabilia Urbis festival, will, in accordance with tradition, only last one-day. While it will be centred on works by artists who were regular participants in previous Plein Air shows, artists that have been invited by the Ferenczy Museum Center are also represented in large numbers. During the event, visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy the saxophone music of Kossuth Prize-winning Mihály Borbély’s and Áron Tálas jazz pianist and composer’s duet.


The Martyrium of Ferenc Kucsera

Born in Léva/Levice in 1892, Ferenc Kucsera was a social person who felt that professing and representing the principles, doctrines and values of the Roman Catholic Church was of prime importance. In preparation for an ecclesiastical career, the young man ended up in Szentendre, where, in addition to serving as a priest, he also did some newspaper editing and taught catechism classes in the town’s schools. He was so dedicated to the cause of teaching children that, when the Social Republic banned religious education in schools, he gathered the youngest in his own chaplaincy room and held activities for them with music and drawing. On account of his moral principles, which he stood by with stubborn consistency, he was sentenced to death when the communist assumed control of the town’s governance: he was executed on 25 June 1919. The loss of the young chaplain who died a martyr’s death was experienced by Szentendre’s locals as a great blow. The town has cherished his memory ever since; his memorial cross still stands on the Danube bank, a few metres away from the place of his execution. The exhibition of the Ferenczy Museum Center commemorates Ferenc Kucsera’s life – from the perspective of the hundred years that have passed since his death.
In addition to the chaplain’s relics, source documents, period apparel, furniture, posters and weapons, viewers are presented with a sacred light installation, as well as two contemporary works of art that invoke images of war and aggression.
Invited contemporary artists: Frigyes Kőnig, Erik Mátrai, Ádám Szabó
Frigyes Kőnig (1955) is a visual artist with an interest in archaeology, whose painting series portrays a famous – and infamous – historical figure, the Bloody Baron. As a warlord fighting for a theocratic state – who was also referred to as the saviour of the Mongolian nation – Roman Fyodorovich Ungern-Sternberg met a similar end in his fight against the Bolsheviks, as Ferenc Kucsera. State prosecution sentenced him to execution by firing squad on 15 September 1921, to be carried out that day.
Erik Mátrai (1977) earned his degree as a painter, but he is best known for his room-size light installations. Of these, the work entitled Glory Cone is displayed at the exhibition. A halo, nimbus, aureole, or occurrence of golden light is generally meant to distinguish persons chosen by God. Depicted in painting as a disc or halo of light rays, the phenomenon here takes the form of a cone of light to be experienced by viewers within a meditative, intimate space.
Ádám Szabó (1972) exhibits his spatial installation entitled You Stand Here. The displayed mock up, which is part of his object series War Game, recreates the dramatic situation where the murderer faces the one he is about the execute. The true-to-life, hand-carved models of WWI weapons invoke the round of shots fired in the real scenario. Visitors, upon arriving to the installation space, can opt to assume either role.