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The western wing of the Esterházy Castle in Fertőd, renovated from almost two billion forints, was handed over.
Among others, President János Áder and his wife, Anita Herczegh, Minister of Justice Judit Varga, and Prince Antal Esterházy and his wife, Svetlana Esterházy, attended the handover and the opening of the exhibition.
In his speech at the handover, Attila Barcza, a Fidesz member of parliament from Sopron and his region, emphasized that Miklós “Fényes” Esterházy was the patron through whom the castle and its surroundings earned the name “Hungarian Versailles” in the 18th century.
He added that in 2013, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán announced the renovation of the castle. The goal guided the Hungarian government to restore the country's oldest Baroque castle to its old splendor, but it also led to the idea that the renovated building should be not only a symbolic but also a real, living place of Hungarian culture, he said.
He stressed that achieving this goal came to another milestone with the handover of the renovated west wing.
Katalin Egresitsné Firtl, managing director of the Eszterháza Cultural, Research and Festival Center Public Benefit Nonprofit Ltd., emphasized that “construction is a creed that builds for the future, builds for the future”.
He recalled that there had been a high school in the west wing of the castle from the second half of the 20th century. During the works, the part of the building was renovated on more than a thousand square meters, which is also suitable for the presentation of highlighted works of art.
The exhibition Faces and Gazes - Esterházy Gallery features 52 paintings, 51 of which are from the Museum of Fine Arts, and the Esterházy Porcelain Cabinet features almost 400 porcelains selected from the collection of Esterházy Castle in Fertőd, including rare and unique pieces. he detailed.
He added that the horseshoe wing provides an opportunity to present temporary exhibitions.
At the opening of the joint exhibition of the sculptor Boldi and the painter Mózes Incze, Minister of Justice Judit Varga said that Eszterháza had long been one of the most prosperous cultural centers in Europe, which is still in demand today. He added that the two artists are looking for answers to the existential questions of the modern age, and their art is as united as the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle.
The renovated castle squares will be open from 21 July.
After the opening, the guests took part in the concert of the Kossuth Prize-winning pianist János Balázs at the Puppet Theater.