During the third November weekend there was in Budapest the most important art fair of the Hungarian capital city, Art Fair Budapest.
All the main Hungarian galleries of the capital were present, of course and also foreigner galleries exhibited and, asfar as the Hungarian Szecesszio is concerned, several noticeable pieces were present.
The most impressive piece of art nouveau was, probably, a complete dinner room designed by Toroczkai Wigand Ede. The style of this furniture is typical of the Hungarian ancient folk art and it is the result of the researches performed by various artists (Wigand himself, but also Karoly Kos, Bela Lajta and Kozma Lajos) questing for a national way to Art Nouveau. Toroczkai Wigand worked as architect in to Marosvásárhely, the Romanian equivalent of which nowadays is Târgu Mureş, where designed several buildings. He worked as applied art designer and its works are influenced by the typical patterns, styles and ornaments of the Hungarian national folk art.
Further furniture which were present in the fair, are due to the work of Kozma Lajos:
A chair of the Austrian Josef Hoffmann (designed for the Wiener Werkstaette) and a lamp by Adolf Loos, the most interesting pieces as far as the Austrian Secession is concerned:
As far as the painting is concerned, the most represented of the Hungarian fin-de-siècle artist was certainly Josef Rippl-Ronai. Presented works of this artist included even a couple of plates painted by the Hungarian artist:
Quite impressive, a huge painting of Janos Vaszary:
… and of Laszlo Mednyanszky:
Even if not secessionist strictly sense, even Hans Mattis-Teutsch and Sandor Bortnyik, two well known exponents of the further Hungarian avant-garde, are well represented:
Applied art, let alone the impressive dinner room of Wigand, also included some outstanding Zsolnay potteries:
Prices, as usual, quite high, even if understandable in a period of crisis as far as the art market is concerned. However, regarding the secession, costs are generally slightly lower than art works of the avant-garde.