Connecting the earth and the sky
The Embassy of Hungary in Ulaanbaatar and the Mongolian National Art Gallery (MNAG) are hosting an exhibition of notable Hungarian architect Imre Makovecz from October 15 to December 13.
Makovecz was born in 1935 and was one of the most prominent proponents of organic architecture in the world. His buildings attempt to work with the natural surroundings rather than triumph over them.
Makovecz attended the Technical University of Budapest, and is the founder and “eternal and executive president” of the Hungarian Academy of Arts. Makovecz passed away in Budapest in 2011.
The title of the exhibition is “To connect the Sky with the Earth” because Makovecz maintained that the real adventure of architecture is to connect the skies with the earth.
His works, plans, drawings and models as well as documentaries, photos and documents of the renowned architect are being displayed at the gallery to present his artworks to the Mongolian people and architects.
A curator of the MNAG said, “Numerous works created by Makovecz are made available to the public, and whoever attending the exhibition is able to learn the organic principles set up by him in his unique architecture.”
One of his architectural design’s key parts is a Mongol ger-shaped structure, and there are a number of buildings in Europe that were inspired by Makovecz’s ger shaped architecture.
Makovecz said, “A building should fit in the natural environment and should be humanlike. That is, I always pay attention to the structure of the face. That’s way my buildings resemble the faces, heads and sculls of humans. I have named my buildings probably after a painting by famous Russian-French artist Marc Zakharovich Chagall.”
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