• Heidi Seppälä

Exhibition Space | REÖK Palace Museum

Päivitetty: 24. huhti 2019

Here is some impressions on our exhibition space. The collaboration we already have with the REÖK museum is a very important vain of the artist-in-residence program. At the end of the 2-week creation period, a public presentation is organised to show the projects realised by the artists. A press release is published to communicate the event, through local journalists and social media.

The Reök Palace

Is a regional art centre built in an Art Nouveau style in 1907, designed by Ede Magyar at the age of 29. It hosts exhibitions of modern fine arts around the year. The website states: The family mansion that has been standing in the heart of the city for a century now – resisting wars and changes of the regime – is of outstanding, special value even in European terms. Its builder, Ede Magyar, who died prematurely at the age of 35, was determined, brave and talented enough to defy the conservative Hungarian climate, and connect his hometown to Europe. He brought to Szeged a European development that not only saturated the architecture of the time with its innovative ideas, but also initiated a new approach in other art forms. Although Hungarian architecture at that time already reflected Magyar’s youthful and dedicated energy, his European experience was necessary for the construction of this unique building in Szeged, which seemed bold and surprising, even to the followers of Art Nouveau.

The small square in front of the Reök palace adds to the cityscape effect of the building. The supple elevations of this three-storey corner house, shaped by almost sculptural means, excite the curiosity of the spectator from far away. The most emphasized part of the main façade is the corner, markedly articulated by balconies, bay windows and the high crenellation. The undulating walls, its magical flower-shapedornamentsmake it diverse, but being in complete unity with the architectural tectonics, also suggest balance. The rhythm of the façade’s articulation is remarkably ingenious, too: it emphasizes the main entrance and the corner turning simultaneously (Bakonyi 1995:17)

Reök palace has undergone several reconstructions and renovations, but luckily, these did not diminish the value of the building or make irreversible alterations. After recent renovations, the former city palace reveals even more of its merits. Now not only the ground floors paces, but the upper floors are also open to the public. The renovated palace will become a new venue for the art-loving public of Szeged. The hundred-year-old Art Nouveau palace re-opened its doors in August 2007. Tamás Herczeg, director of Reök, a former inhabitant of the building launches the program series in there with the same passion that characterized the creators of the palace. The Reök palace – Regional Arts Centre will try to fulfill multifunctional cultural purposes, such as hosting the city’s art gallery. Read more about Reök Palace from In collaboration with the Choreomundus Programme, Szeged University and Reök, Heidi Seppälä has been co-curating Dance & Heritage exhibition in the spacious second floor of the Reök Palace in 2017. The 2020 exhibition will carry on this fruitful collaboration by inviting a second set of artists to exhibit continuing the theme of heritage and tradition. Read more about the DANCE! - exhibition from here -->

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