Once again, the Ludwig Museum presents an innovative temporary exhibition. This time, you can gain an insight into one of the most iconic forms of Hungarian everyday architecture of the 1960s and 1970s, the world of the cube house. Everyone will be familiar with these forms, so the exhibition is not just for architecture lovers.
The basic idea of the exhibition is to show a familiar, almost everyday architectural phenomenon, the typical cubic house (the “Kádár-kocka”, or “Kádár-kocka”) as an expression of modernisation. The family house of the sixties and seventies still defines the image of the Hungarian countryside. Scorned by post-Socreal architecture in Hungary, the stepchild has proved to be the most enduring architectural form of the last century. The cube house with a tent roof is the twin of the factory dwelling; two characters of the housing of the existing socialism are unimaginable without each other. Whatever our attitude to the cube house, it is part of our built cultural heritage.
The aim of the exhibition is to highlight the cultural context and genealogy of one of the identical, defining types of 20th century Hungarian spatial development. As a medium of private private housing (kaláka) and a form of modernisation, the cubic house was a spontaneous reaction of vernacular architecture to the social demands of housing construction. Strictly speaking, the typology of Hungarian rural houses, which was created over a period of about two decades – from the late 1950s to the late 1970s – remained a significant local influence, a model-giving, style-creating factor in our region until the next house type (the Alpine house) became dominant. Within the general framework of the tent-roofed cube house, the project is concerned with the ornamentation of the facades of Hungarian village houses as a kind of pre-Urban-post-Folkloric aesthetic, with its specific semantics. The exhibition presents the origins, evolution and impact of the house type in the history of Hungarian visuality through a variety of artistic media and ever-present installations.
Venue: Ludwig Museum, Budapest, Komor Marcell u. 1, 1095
Date: 3 May – 18 August
Opening hours: Tuesday – Sunday: 10:00 – 20:00
Price: 2400 Ft
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