literature, cinema, fine arts

Benjamin Britten in Budapest - Hungarian guests in Aldeburgh

Banner Square
  • Produced by Müpa Budapest

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What does Wes Anderson's film Moonrise Kingdom have to do with Benjamin Britten? When did the composer first visit Budapest, and for which pair of Hungarian siblings did he write his Gemini Variations? Why was the 1970 première of his ballet The Prince of the Pagodas at the Budapest's State Puppet Theatre considered a sensation in many respects? We'll find out the answers for these and other questions as exhibition on display, as part of the Bridging Europe festival, between 15 September and 7 October, in Banner Square.

This year's Bridging Europe programme is built around the rich culture of the United Kingdom, and Benjamin Britten was without a doubt one of its key figures. This exhibition dedicated to the world-renowned English composer will focus on his close relationships with Budapest and Hungarian artists. One thing we can can report for sure: nobody did more for Anglo-Hungarian musical relations during the '60s than he did. He visited our country several times and invited many Hungarians to his own music festival in Aldeburgh. The exhibition will also shed light on the impact the Kodály Method had on him, as well as offer a glimpse into the world of puppet theatre in the late '60s and early '70s. Making the thrilling stories even more vivid are the revealing images captured on film, including those by the outstanding photographer Éva Keleti.
Curated by Tünde Topor, the exhibition uses materials from the Aldeburgh-based Britten-Pears Foundation, London's National Portrait Gallery, the MTVA Archives and the archives of Artmagazin.

Presented by: Müpa Budapest

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