Budapest 1900. The workshop or the garden of Central Europe?

2016-11-25, 6:00 p.m.
November 25, (Friday), 6:00 p.m.
Budapest 1900. The workshop or the garden of Central Europe?
Prof. Jacek Purchla talks to Ambassador Rafał Wiśniewski.
Venue: main Building of the National Museum in Krakow. 

This meeting, inspired by John Lukacs’s book Budapest 1900. A Historical Portrait of a City and Its Culture, recently published by the ICC in Polish translation, is a conversation about this city at the turn of the 20th century, about its atmosphere and the irrevocably gone era reflecting an important chapter of Hungarian history, and finally about our common fate in Mitteleuropa. The meeting is a companion event to the exhibition
Golden Age of Hungarian Painting (1836–1938) at the National Museum in Krakow.

Admission free, a meeting in Polish.

Jacek Purchla – founder and director of the International Cultural Centre, member of the Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is the head of the Department of Economic and Social History at the Krakow University
of Economics, as well as head of the Centre of European Heritage at the Jagiellonian University. His research areas are urban development, social history and art history of the 19th and 20th century, as well as the theory behind protection of cultural heritage. An expert for the European Commission in the European Heritage Label project. He was the chairman of the Monument Preservation Council at the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage (2000–2016). Since 2015 he has been the President of the Polish National Commission for UN ESCO. In 2016 has been elected the President of the UN ESCO World Heritage Committee.

Rafał Wiśniewski – Hungarian scholar, diplomat. In 1992–1997 director of the Polish Institute in Budapest. Later he worked for the Foreign Ministry, where he designed the reform of cultural diplomacy and was behind the establishment of the Adam Mickiewicz Institute. Polish ambassador in Hungary (2001–2005). Deputy Foreign Minister for development cooperation and cultural diplomacy (2005–2007). Director General of the Foreign Service (2007–2010), responsible, among other things, for the merger of the Foreign Ministry with the Office of the Committee for European Integration (UK IE). Polish ambassador in Denmark (2010–2015).
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