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The renovated Csillagerőd Gallery in Komárom opened with a monumental exhibition
With the exhibition of the Museum of Fine Arts, the completely renovated and expanded Star Fortress of Komárom opened. With the HUF 6 billion investment of the Liget Budapest Project, a new cultural center of more than 7,000 square meters was established, where hundreds of famous pieces of the Museum of Fine Arts' vomited plaster collection finally found a worthy home after seven decades. The new facility performs educational and dissemination tasks in an interactive museum environment, so the Csillagerőd awaits visitors as a real family-friendly cultural institution. After his solemn speech, the new institution was opened by János Áder, President of the Republic of Hungary.
"Ideas continue to live in the appreciation of values, in the preservation of our heritage," said János Áder in his greeting on the renovated Csillager fort on the Day of Remembrance of the Martyrs of Arad.
János Áder reminded that three of the eleven great battles of the war of independence were fought on this land. Komárom and its surroundings are a consecrated land, he continued, where almost everyone turned to the later martyrs of Arad.
The exhibition of Greek, Roman and Renaissance sculptures of the Museum of Fine Arts can be visited in the renovated Csillager fort from Friday.
Today, this fortress is once again a watchtower and bastion, home to the Museum of Fine Arts ’collection of copies that is unparalleled in Europe. Renewing and expanding Star Fortress is a won 21st century battle. Victory over ruins, forgetfulness, destruction "
the President added.
"When we talk about the heroes of '48-49, we need to see - behind the sublime of self-sacrifice hardly experienced by today's people - fragile people, their personal torments, their serious decisions, their consistent, persistent attachment to their homeland," the head of state said.
János Áder stated that as members of a generation that is no longer forced to sacrifice life and self-sacrifice, we must learn from them, "to realize again and again - on holidays and in everyday life - that freedom is a great value, the heroes of '48 -49 risked their lives for it".
“The renovated, expanded Csillagerőd and the exhibition in its spaces are a significant milestone in the history of the Museum of Fine Arts and in the cultural life of Hungary as well. The rehabilitation and restoration of the museum's entire gypsum collection is not only significant in Hungary, but also unprecedented in Central Europe, "said László Baán, Director General of the Museum of Fine Arts, Ministerial Commissioner of the Liget Project at the handover of the new facility.
During the works lasting more than three years - based on the plans of the Ybl-awarded architect István Mányi - the fortress building and its surroundings were completely renovated and expanded with a new, multifunctional cultural center and a modern exhibition space, thanks to which the existing building has a net floor area of more than 7,000 m2. increased to. The building is home to almost 300 notable pieces of the Museum of Fine Arts' vomited plaster collection, evoking the most outstanding works of European sculpture from antiquity to the Renaissance.
After the opening of the institution, visitors will be able to admire a scale copy of the several-meter-tall equestrian statues of Andrea del Verrocchio Bartolomeo Colleoni and Donatello Gattamelata, as well as a replica of several statues of Venus of Milan, the Laocoon Sculpture Group or Michelangelo. The collection was undoubtedly one of the most enduring collections of fine art in the country, created in the early 20th century with the aim of presenting the comprehensive history of sculpture to visitors through lifelike copies. Much of the material has been stored or scattered across the country for more than seven decades, and many works have been severely damaged. This unsustainable situation was solved with the current development, the most significant part of the collection - after the completion of the necessary restoration work - was transferred to the expanded Star Fortress in Komárom.
About the renovation
The renewed Star Fortress will welcome school groups and families from all over the country, for whom the new institution will offer rich and exciting, interactive programs.
Prior to the renovation of the Star Fortress in Komárom, blueprints for the building were found in the Vienna Military Archives, thanks to which, where possible, the fort was restored to its original condition. In accordance with the needs of the 21st century, the new, expanded complex will include not only exhibition halls, but also a projection and lecture hall, a museum pedagogical employer, a museum shop and a café. The cannon and shooting ranges have been restored to their historic condition, and an area has been created in the courtyard that can also be used as an outdoor stage. During the two-year renovation of the fortification system, 32,000 m3 of land was moved, 1,200 m2 of stone surface was renovated and 115,000 demolished bricks were installed.
About the exhibition
The permanent exhibition of the Csillagerőd in Komárom was born from the plaster copy collection of the Budapest Museum of Fine Arts. For many, the word copy is just an object that is merely a reflection of a more valuable, original work of art. However, the plaster sculpture copies exhibited here once played a major role in presenting the history of sculpture. Plaster casts of the most important monuments of European sculpture have been full-fledged works of art in many museums around the world from the 18th to the early 20th centuries. They did not merely replace the original sculptures, monuments, but embodied the art of the past. But in the 20th century, the perception of copies gradually changed, and most gypsum collections, including those in Budapest, suffered a fate: they were mostly forced into warehouses, and many of their pieces were damaged or destroyed. At the exhibition of the Csillagerőd, which was renovated within the framework of the Liget Budapest Project, the pieces of the former plaster collection of the Museum of Fine Arts can once again play an important role in mediating the culture of ancient times after many decades. As a result of the careful restoration, outstanding works of ancient, medieval and renaissance sculpture can also be studied in Komárom as a kind of "cultural history study trail".
Check out our gallery of the renovated Star Fortress and exhibition. Click on the image below!
With the help of the exhibited about three hundred lifelike plaster copies, we can observe characteristic features and connections that no traditional exhibition can present, for example due to the immobility of the vast majority of the original works, the Liget Budapest Project draws attention to in its announcement about the opening event.
About the history of the building
The Star Fortress is a member of the Komárom fortress system. The construction of the fortification system was one of the largest military investments of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy, it was able to accommodate an army of 200,000 people, and when built it was the largest military complex in Central Europe. An important element of this, the Star Fortress - on the site of a former palisade castle - was built between 1850 and 1871. The army of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy used the fortress as a barracks and warehouse, and after 1920 it operated as an ammunition depot for the Royal Hungarian Army. During the Second World War, there was a internment camp for a short time, after which emergency apartments were built in it, later it became the property of the local ÁFÉSZ and the company used its premises as a vegetable warehouse. The extremely dilapidated building complex was renewed within the framework of the Liget Budapest Project and received a unique cultural function in the whole country.
The exhibition of the new star sculpture of the Csillagerőd in Komárom, which represents a special historical value, makes it possible to review the history of sculpture from antiquity to the Renaissance, to present the origin and succession of styles; an illustration of the formation and application of iconographic and representational types and schemes. In addition to these, the exhibition also sheds light on the antique connections of medieval and renaissance relics, so it is possible to e.g. also for the dialogue between the Laokoón sculpture group and Michelangelo’s sculptures in art history. Plaster copies, originally made after works of art often installed in dark spaces or at high altitudes, can be studied here up close and at eye level.