Title :

Art, culture, and national identity in fin-de-siècle Europe; Cambridge; Cambridge University Press

Hungarian self-representation in an international context : the Magyar exhibited at international expositions and world's fairs

Author :
SWITZER, Terri ;
Publication year :
Language :
English ;
Abstract :
Examines the role of Hungarian folk heritage in political issues of nationalism and magyarization, and the consequences of this in encouraging the West to stereotype the nation as Oriental and Other. Explores Hungary's self-presentation at international exhibitions and world's fairs through the exhibits, images, and style. The decision not to participate at the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago prompted the American fair organizers to arrange their own, unofficial, Hungarian exhibit, placed near the Arab section and documented in photo albums dedicated to the 'Oriental' sections of the exhibition. In 1900 Hungarian organisers decided to correct the Western misconception of their people as curiosities and created an award-winning display for the Paris World's Fair of that year. With the emphasis on national character, the history pavilion was a reconstruction of the Vajdahunayad Castle, and the decorative arts exhibits included examples of the new 'Hungarian style' or magyaros art. The critical recognition they received helped pave the way for future success at other fairs, notably in Italy in 1906 and 1911, although Hungarian organizers still failed to comprehend the importance of establishing the nation's modern credentials within the borders of America, and Hungary's identity struggle between the East and the West did nothing to challenge the stereotyping of the nation as orientalized Other. ;
Pagination/Size :
5 ill. ;
Topic :
French keywords :
Altérité ; Architecture ; Arts décoratifs ; Critique d'art ; Culture ; Exposition ; Exposition universelle ; Hongrie ; Identité nationale ; Magyars ; Pavillon d'exposition ; Réception ; 1800-2000 ; 1878-1922 ;
Descriptors :
Alterity ; Architecture ; Art criticism ; Culture ; Decorative arts ; Exhibition buildings ; Exhibitions ; Hungary ; Magyars ; National identity ; Reception ; Universal exhibitions ; 1800-2000 ; 1878-1922 ;
Document type :
Article ;
INIST identifier :
24875605 ;
ISBN 0521815657 ;
Provenance :
Bibliographie d'Histoire de l'Art ;
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