Summer at Lake Balaton - exhibition and literary discussions in Vienna

Until the end of the summer, the Collegium Hungaricum in Vienna is hosting an exhibition entitled Summer at Lake Balaton, which offers an insight into the summer experiences of well-known Hungarian writers from the 1950s, '60s and '70s. Produced by the Petőfi Literary Museum, the exhibition is rounded off by presentations and discussions on the online platforms of the Hungarian Cultural Institute in Vienna. 

Summer at lake Balaton - exhibition at the Collegium Hungaricum in Vienna

Summer at lake Balaton - exhibition at the Collegium Hungaricum in Vienna

The exhibition at the Collegium Hungaricum in Vienna recalls the summer days of famous Hungarian writers at the "Hungarian Sea" in the 1950s, '60s and '70s through more than a hundred photographs. The photographs were taken in the Lipták House in Balatonfüred, in the House of Art in Szigliget, which was opened in 1953, and in the writers' summer houses and gardens. 

The House of Art in Szigliget, 1953

The House of Art in Szigliget, 1953

On 30 June, from 7pm, Gáspár Gróh, Petőfi Prize-winning literary historian and critic, will talk about the House of Art in Szigliget, its famous guests, the history of the house and his personal connection to the village.

The exhibition, which has been on display at the Collegium Hungaricum in Vienna since last autumn, is accompanied by four online presentations on the institute's social media platforms.

Miklós Mészöly, Alaine Polcz and Rózsa Ignácz on a sailboat

Miklós Mészöly, Alaine Polcz and Rózsa Ignácz on a sailboat

For nearly four decades, writer Gábor Lipták and his wife Piroska Gyapai ran their "Balaton literary salon" in their house in Balatonfüred. Since 1998, the building has been home to the Hungarian Translation House, on the initiative of Péter Rácz. The history of the former Lipták House, its famous guests and the current functioning of the house were discussed with the founder at the exhibition. György Buda, the German translator of Imre Kertész, Péter Esterházy and Lajos Parti Nagy, talked about his favorite writers and his path to the literary translation, and the literary historian Endre Hárs presented the culture of the holiday and our writers.

In addition to the online lectures and interviews, the exhibition will be open until the end of the summer and can be visited by appointment at anmeldung@collegiumhungaricum.at during the institute's summer closure.