The Museum of Ethnography inaugurates a new house in Budapest! – PICTURES
A new home for the Museum of Ethnography was inaugurated on Sunday in Budapest’s city park. László Baán, the government commissioner for Liget Budapest, a project that aims to rehabilitate the city park and transform it into a magnet for residents and visitors, hailed the “genius” of the architect of the building, Marcel Ferencz, and thanked Prime Minister Viktor Orbán for his personal support. “It’s good to be Hungarian,” Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said on Sunday at the inauguration of the new building of the Museum of Ethnography in Budapest’s city park.
The Museum of Ethnography now has a “world-class” new home, Baán added. Museum director Lajos Kemecsi said the 150-year-old institution was for the first time ever given a home “tailored to its own needs”. On Monday, the new building will open its doors to the public.
Orbán: “It’s good to be Hungarian”
Orbán noted that the government had decided, “in the midst of an uncertain and changing world”, to invest resources in culture, cultural spaces, museums and concert halls, the built environment and
“tidying up the most beautiful park in Budapest”.
“While everyone was saying it couldn’t be done, we moved forward, step by step, building by building, and on April 3, the people of Hungary confirmed that we had done well…and think the most Europe’s great cultural investment should be brought to fruition”, he said.
“I believe we have been given the mandate to implement the full program,” he added. The new building, said Orbán, aims to give the natural beauty of Hungarian folk culture a place to reveal in all its fullness.
“Our treasures have found a place that suits them”
he added. He urged people to “find joy every day in being Hungarian” and said the new Museum of Ethnography building, “an outstanding example of Hungarian ingenuity and sense of beauty”, could support this business.
Orbán said that a nation’s culture is a “road sign” that indicates “where we came from and where we are going”. If we “go astray,” we risk becoming “hopelessly lost” and, over time, not knowing what we are fighting for, he added. He said that folk art is a “multiplier” of the importance of culture because it shows “what it is to be Hungarian and why it is good to be Hungarian”.
Hungary’s ethnographic heritage “fills us with a sense of freedom”, he added. “That’s why we anticipate and oppose those who want to control us, and that’s why we recognize the problems in time, if the danger threatens our culture, our traditions, our way of life, our heritage”, a- he declared. Orban said that
only Hungarians are able to preserve Hungarian culture.
He acknowledged the beauty of the old museum house, opposite the Parliament building, but said “its form did not suit its content” as the form of the new building does.
The museum’s new home shows that in a world where “block buildings and unimaginative office complexes are a dime a dozen”, something “unique” can still be designed that “grabs attention and lifts spirits.” “, did he declare.
Addressing opponents of Project Liget, a plan to turn the city park into a museum island, Orbán paraphrased a Dakota proverb: “If you find you’re riding a dead horse, then get off.”
The new Museum of Ethnography will open to the public on Monday.