Modern architecture in Hungary

Thursday, Februar 22, 2024, 5 p.m.

A symposium on modern architecture in Hungary will be held at the Liszt Institute – Hungarian Cultural Centre Stuttgart to accompany the exhibitions “Experimental Housing Estate Budapest – Model Houses Napraforgó Street” and “Light and Form”. Dr. Raquel Jaureguízar will also look at the influence of German modernism on social housing in Spain in the 1940s and 50s.

The lectures will be held in English.

Welcome address
Anja Krämer (Director of the Weissenhofmuseum im Haus Le Corbusier)

Prof. em. András Ferkai: “Model housing estate in Budapest – without any actual effect?”
DLA Àgnes Anna Sebestyén: “The Reception and Press Appearances of Modern Settlements in Interwar Hungary”
Dr. Raquel Jaureguízar: “The Reception of German Modernism in Social Housing in Madrid”

The presentations last 25-30 minutes and their will be a final discussion.

Dirk Allgaier will present the book “Stahlrohrrevolution” on behalf of arnoldsche Art Publishers.

Liszt-Institut – Ungarisches Kulturzentrum Stuttgart
Christophstr. 7, 70178 Stuttgart



The Mies van der Rohes. A Female Family Saga

Poster zum Film The Mies van der Rohes – A Female Family Saga - Bild 1 auf 1 - FILMSTARTS.de

Sunday, 3. March, 2 pm

Director Sabine Gisiger will attend the filmscreening.

An epic family saga told by the women surrounding the famous architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. His wife Ada, his daughters Georgia, Manna and Traudel and his lover Lilly Reich seize the opportunities of the new era, but also experience the restrictions of old patterns. The golden 20s, the increasingly barbaric 30s and finally war.

Based on private and unpublished archive footage, images and documents, Sabine Gisiger retells the story of the iconic architect Mies van der Rohe – from a female perspective. The celebrated German actress Katharina Thalbach brings Georgia van der Rohe to life – in fictional interviews based on authentic statements.

The tickets cost 12,- €.
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Atelier am Bollwerk, Hohe Str. 26, 70176 Stuttgart

Weissenhofmuseum/Freunde der Weissenhofsiedlung e.V.
Atelier am Bollwerk

Experimental Estate Budapest –
Model houses Napraforgó-Street


In 1931, an experimental housing estate with detached houses was built in Budapest. Today it is known as the Napraforgó Street estate. It was initiated by a group of Hungarian architects and realised by the construction company Fejér és Dános. Their aim was to find new solutions to the housing problem.

Among the architects involved were well-known names in Hungary such as Farkas Molnár, Virgil Bierbauer and József Fischer. They brought international modernism to Hungary. The 22 residential buildings on the estate display a broad spectrum of styles. In addition to influences from Art Deco and Expressionism, the majority of the architects orientated themselves towards Neues Bauen and the formal language of the Bauhaus.

The “small housing model estate” was already inhabited when it was officially opened in November 1931. However, the houses were presented to the public in detail in the progressive Hungarian architecture magazine “Tér és Forma”.

The exhibition in the Weissenhofwerkstatt in the Mies van der Rohe House shows the Hungarian Napraforgó Street estate in the context of the Weissenhof estate. Exhibiting historical plans, photos and models. It was created in collaboration with the Hungarian Museum of Architecture in Budapest.

WEISSENHOFWERKSTATT im Haus Mies van der Rohe
Am Weissenhof 20, 70191 Stuttgart

Exhibition opening hours
Saturday, Sunday, public holidays, 12-5 pm
December 9, 2023 – March 3, 2024
(except 12/24 und 01/01)