Changed Functions. Changed Places: Some Aspects of the Impact of History on the Destiny of Monuments in Hungary in the 20th century

Varsa-Szekeres, Vera (2008) Changed Functions. Changed Places: Some Aspects of the Impact of History on the Destiny of Monuments in Hungary in the 20th century. In: 16th ICOMOS General Assembly and International Symposium: ‘Finding the spirit of place – between the tangible and the intangible’, 29 sept – 4 oct 2008, Quebec, Canada. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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Abstract (in English)

’Ours is a draughty country’ we used to hint at the vicissitudes of Hungary in a semi-jokingly way. In this paper I am going to highlight the ’life-line’ of different groups of monuments (protected or having only symbolic meaning). Hungary underwent several drastic changes in the past „short century”, i.e. 1914-1989, from the outbreak of WWI. to the collapse of so-called socialism. There is a group that changed both place and significance, that of the statues erected to glorify communism and its Soviet and Hungarian heroes. The majority of them were taken to a place called ’Statue-park’. The park reflects our history and our attitude toward it. Another group of buildings are synagogues, abandoned because of well-known consequence of the nazi rule and re-used. This way some were objectified, some kept as memento in a ramifying context.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
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Varsa-Szekeres, VeraUNSPECIFIED
Languages: English
Keywords: historic monuments; historical survey; conservation; restoration; religious architecture; memorials; Hungary
Subjects: O.INTANGIBLE HERITAGE > 01. Generalities
E.CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION > 03. Monuments
A. THEORETICAL AND GENERAL ASPECTS > 04. History
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 2008, 16th
Depositing User: Jose Garcia
Date Deposited: 31 Aug 2010 16:18
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2011 19:11
URI: http://openarchive.icomos.org/id/eprint/8

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