Károly Kós Exhibition

Date: 13 November 2020 - 24 April 2021
Venue:  Hungarian Cultural Institute in Paris
92 Rue Bonaparte, 75006 Paris, France

Károly Kós's oeuvre is extremely rich: the name of the well-known architect, protector of monuments, writer and community organizer simultaneously means an attachment to the Hungarians, his motherland, Transylvania and - although his work consistently draws on authentic folk architecture - a markedly European architecture. He considered himself an architect, art historian, literary critic, historian, ethnographer and Hungarian researcher at the same time.

The exhibition, which can be visited between 13 November and 24 April 2021, presents Kós's architectural activity through three major themes: first, we get to know Károly Kós's life and work until World War I: this is the period when his most significant buildings are designed and built. The second half of the exhibition gives an insight into Kós' activities in Istanbul during World War I. The final part presents Kós’s activities after World War I when the architect settled in Transylvania - which had in the meanwhile been annexed to Romania - and organized the life of the Hungarian minority, while constantly planning and expanding their literary activities.

Due to current restrictions, the exhibition can only be viewed online. Once restrictions are lifted, visitors will be able to physically view the exhibition. Following the opening in Paris, the exhibition will travel to other locations.

Our Partners: Budapest City Archives, Óbuda University, Hungarian National Archives, Székely National Museum, Budapest History Museum, National Széchényi Library, Metropolitan Ervin Szabó Library

Curators: Istvan Kenyeres and Anthony Gall