A church designed by Makovecz in Csikszereda – Photo: wikipedia

10th anniversary of architect Makovecz’s death marked

Gergely Gulyas, the prime minister's chief of staff, paid tribute to renowned architect Imre Makovecz, a main proponent of organic architecture in Hungary, at the convention of the Hungarian Arts Academy (MMA) on Monday, marking the 10th anniversary of his death.

“Makovecz’s oeuvre is a fundamental value of our nation,” Gulyas said, adding that Makovecz ” had been committed to and fought for the setting up of MMA”.

He highlighted among Makovecz’s designs the Hungarian pavilion at Expo’92 in Seville, the campus of the Pazmany Peter Catholic University and houses built in Hungarian villages hit by the red sludge disaster in 2010. “Makovecz was famous for standing by things that seemed lost if he believed they were worthy of support,” Gulyas said.

He said that MMA plays an important role in goving way to the creation of new works and because of this role is regarded by the government as “a public body of primary importance, a constitutional institution”.

At the meeting, the MMA elected Gabor Richly, director of the Helsinki Hungarian Cultural and Science Centre, as secretary general of MMA for five years.

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