The International Cultural Centre is about to release new publications that introduce Polish readers into the history and cultural heritage of Central Europe. At the Book Fairs in Krakow (October 27–30) we shall present the Polish edition of Paul Lendvai’s acclaimed Hungarians: A Thousand Years of Victory in Defeat. The author is one of the most insightful writers on East-Central Europe, who has researched the topic for several decades. Overcoming all the taboos and prejudices, on over 800 pages, the historian and journalist creates an impressing panorama of Hungarian history. Lendvai’s enormous work, an absorbing read addressing the failures and victories of the Hungarian nation, is the first fully comprehensive study of Hungarian history published in Poland.
Another new release by the ICC comes with Budapest 1900: A Historical Portrait of a City and Its Cultureby John Lukacs – an acclaimed American essayist and historian of Hungarian descent. It is a saga about the city at the peak of its development, as well as a history of an epoch that has passed irretrievably. This portrait of one of the most amazing European metropolises is also a disillusioned, touching parable about our shared history in Central Europe. The premiere will take place during the Krakow Book Fairs.
The recent exhibition at the ICC Gallery comes with a richly illustrated catalogue dedicated to Košice Modernism – an exceptional, though not well-known artistic milieu of the interwar Košice.Illustrated with photographs, maps, posters, and – above all – with reproductions of artworks, it is the first Polish publication presenting artists such as: Sándor Bortnyik, Anton Jaszusch, Béla Uitz, Eugen Krón, František Foltýn, Géza Schiller, and Július Jakoby.
In early December, the ICC will launch The Idea of a Town. The Anthropology of Urban Form in Rome, Italy, and the Ancient Worldby Joseph Rykwert. The author provides fascinating reconstructions of Roman ideas, customs, and rituals related with the idea and form of the town. After the bestselling The Seduction of Place,it is the second book by one of the most acclaimed historians and critics of architecture published in Polish by the ICC.
In late October, the ICC will launch the 24th issue of “Herito” quarterly, published since 2010. The current issue addresses the genealogy of Central European design. Authors map the design traditions of this part of Europe, trace the links between design, politics, economy, and society, as well as define the specificity of design in Central Europe after the political transition.