Budapest Architect: Miscellaneous pages - Overview
Topics: Introduction * Acorns... : The M├│kus as ornament in the architecture * On a low level!: Ker├ękvet┼Ĺ * National pride around 1930 (1): Sgraffiti artworks by Ferenc M├írton and S├índor Nagy * Schools in the picture (1): Reading children * Beautiful doors on the picture * Art can be found on the street: K├íroly K├│s tiles * Heritage Days 2011 in Budapest
One of those facade decorations concerns the portraying of the M├│kus (squirrel) on the walls or in buildings. Almost certain is that all these buildings are designed in the Art Nouveau period, during which the M├│kus was used as ornamentation, and by Jewish architects for Jewish customers. For the websites Szia Budapest and Budapest architect Julius compiled a page with over 20 pictures of the M├│kus
But, also look down because there are, just as at the upperside on the facades of buildings, artworks o discover. In particular, on both side edges of doors or gates. It are often objects made from stone or metal are placed here first to avoid that with too wide carriages be driven inward, and secondly, that the doors / gates, opening outwards, not fully could be opened. In Hungary these objects are called "Kerekvet┼Ĺ". They also were used, but only in stone, at the entrances of narrow streets. You clearly can see this in the Castle district in Budapest. This page shows some beautiful examples of these artworks.
During this period there was from about 1927 to 1932 a trend by which many buildings got ornamentation with references to the Hungarian history or folklife. One of these art forms are the 26 remaining colorful sgraffiti artworks created by Ferenc M├írton and S├índor Nagy. The artworks were placed on the buildings designed by the architect Istv├ín Medgyaszay. On this page a selection of these artworks.
All these artworks were made in the first half of the 20th century and includes statues, reliefs and mosaics. And, in particular the mosaics are of great beauty. A selection of these works, can be found on this pagina. Also on this page information on a private tour along several of these artworks.
The doors are often covered with images of animals: peacocks, parrots, rams, squirrels and so on. They are to find in all shapes and sizes. Most doors are made of iron or metal, but also a few wooden doors have beautiful decorations. A first series of pictures of doors, photographed between 2010 and 20120 can be found on this page. A second series is in preparation.
In a beautiful, renovated, park, he found many tiles (and remnants thereof) which nowadays are parts of paths. These tiles were designed by Hungarian architect and artist K├íroly K├│s (1883-1977) and show, for example, buildings designed by him. The tiles are original and made somewhere between 1909 and 1935.
An event primarily for Hungarians and that means that almost the whole website and the program booklet were in Hungarian. Al so, most of the guided tours were held in Hungarian only, but sometimes in English such as Julius experienced in 2010 when he visited the Fasori Reform├ítus Templom.
For all visitors of this website, interested in architecture and that weekend in Budapest (or living in the city) Julius has made an overview of 20 architectural highlights which could be visited in Budapest.