In view of the detailed plans of the winning designs for the new museum buildings, what kind of aspects still have to be considered in terms of special collections?
Péter Baki, art historian and director of the Hungarian Photography Museum, believes that in Hungary today there is not a single exhibition space devoted to photography where works on paper can be displayed with full safety. In whatever characteristic form photographs might appear, they have to be protected from environmental elements, and most of the storerooms are going to be in the museum building. Instead of permanent exhibitions, there will be regular, periodically changing semi-permanent displays.
Pál Ritoók, art historian and director of the Hungarian Museum of Architecture, believes it is important for Liget Budapest, the Architecture Museum Working Group and the designers to work together and modify as necessary the parameters and expectations, which primarily relate to a large, flexible space. Bringing together every expectation concerning the museum’s spaces and possibilities was successful.
According to Lajos Kemecsi, ethnographer and director of the Museum of Ethnography, the new building offers the possibility of organising large-scale, visitor-friendly exhibitions employing a modern approach and with means fully meeting modern expectations, which can utilise the Ethnography Museum’s rich collection, as well as its Hungarian and foreign connections.
András Batta, head of the House of Hungarian Music Working Group, thinks that the aim of the building is to present the nature, circumstances and ‘functioning’ of music, primarily in terms of processes and, to a lesser degree, with objects. It will have a visitor centre and an open workshop, and offer experiences, like the ‘Sound Cathedral’ of László Gőz, owner-director of the Budapest Music Center.