Join us for a Guided Tour of Memories of Forgetting - Photo / Model 2 at the Hungarian University of Fine Arts

February 19, 2018

You're cordially invited to a special guided tour offered by the Doctoral School of the Hungarian University of Fine Arts of their latest exhibition: Memories of Forgetting - Photo / Model 2

Date of the guided tour: March 5, 6 pm (meeting outside the entrance of the Hungarian University of Fine Arts)

Venue of the exhibition: Hungarian University of Fine Arts Barcsay Terem, Budapest, 1062 Andrássy út 69-71

The exhibition MEMORIES OF FORGETTING - FOTÓ / MODELL 2 is the second large-scale exhibition focusing on the large historical photo collection of the Hungarian University of Fine Arts. Similarly to the previous exhibition (PHOTO / MODEL - Images between Art and Nature), doctoral students have been invited to create new works in connection with the theme of the current exhibition, in accordance with their own points of view. On the occasion of our meeting we'll have a guided tour both in the historical exhibits and about the seven newly produced artworks interpreting contemporary positions towards historical photographs.

If you're interested in attending the free guided tour (in English), please sign up by sending an email to 

Read more about the exhibition below or have a look at its website here:

The Hungarian University of Fine Arts has been uncovering and processing its Art Collections for over two decades, in parallel with ongoing research on the history of the institution. The University regularly makes the results of this undertaking accessible to the public and to scholars in the form of exhibitions, publications, and online. This present show can be regarded as a continuation of the exhibition held in 2016. While the aim in the previous exhibition was to offer a comprehensive presentation of the rich material comprising the photography collection, the present show takes a significantly different approach. What we are interested in, within the context of the Art Collections, is who used photographs, who took them – or had them taken – when, how and why? Who at the Hungarian Royal Drawing School (the institution which preceded the HUFA) was engaged in photographic activities? What did they think of this new medium? What was it good for, what was it not suitable for? What do the photos themselves have to tell us about the former institution and its actors? In finding answers to these question, it helps to invoke the atmosphere, tastes and thinking of the era: to have a closer look at the milieu in which these photos were – and can now – be found, and to which they pertain. At the same time, we can gain insight into the intensively changing visual world of the period between the 1860s and the 1910s and the basic transformation that occurred during this time in art and the public sphere, as well as in the visual industry and its products. The exhibition showcases artworks and documents – originals and reproductions – arranged into thematic groups. During the preparatory stage, one of that questions that gained considerable importance was what should be regarded as original in case of a photograph of historical significance. Should it be the object itself or the “light-information” it captured (the purpose for which it was taken), which has been changing, fading and transforming through the years. In this present exhibition, we have decided to liberate, in some instances, the traces left behind by once-existing spaces of light from the trap of actual sizes and tone values.




BALLÓ Ede, Adolphe BRAUN, Giacomo BROGI, ERDÉLYI Mór, FABINYI Lili, Adolphe GOUPIL, Franz HANFSTAENGL, Dr. Hermann HEID, HUSZÁR Adolf, KLÖSZ György, KOZMATA Ferenc, Jean Pierre Philippe LAMPUÉ, Jean LAURENT, LOTZ Károly, MORELLI Gusztáv, Giovanni Battista PIRANESI, Robert RIVE, Giulio ROSSI, SIMONYI Antal, Giorgio SOMMER, STROBL Alajos, STROBL Alajosné Kratochwill Alojzia, Marianne STROBL, UHER Ödön, WEINWURM Antal, Josef WLHA, ZELESNY Károly