Is there a need in Hungary for an independent museum of architecture, and if so what should it collect and how should it exhibit?

Pál Ritoók
Art historian, National Office of Cultural Heritage, Hungarian Museum of Architecture

There is a great need for a museum of architecture in Hungary. Every country with a rich culture sooner or later sets up its own such institute.
The aim would be to explain the development and importance of architecture’s social function, both for specialists and non-specialists alike. What should be presented is the domestic built environment, which is significant in terms of national identity, making the mechanisms of transformation understandable for visitors.
A museum of architecture would highlight the elements of construction, their properties, the structures and their function, the complexity of architecture and its interdisciplinary character. In the most interactive mode possible, it should lay bare the planning and process of creation, from sketches to realisation.

Miklós Buzás
Architect, chief architect of the Open-Air Museum of Ethnography

If we think about a museum of architecture, I feel it’s important to fully consider the developments, given that the reality of architecture and its creations can only be shown in a large, open-air space. In my view the task of an architecture museum is to show what is not normally seen, the background, which forms the basis of what is created.

I think it’s necessary to have an independently functioning architecture museum, which in the broadest sense would primarily be a centre for memory and understanding. This would require appropriately wide-ranging collecting activity in relation to the past, present and future.

Sándor Finta
Architect, president of the trustees of the Centre for Contemporary Architecture
The important social role of architecture museums is unquestionable, all the more so since today the task of an architecture museum or centre is not simply to collect, classify, protect and display objects in the orthodox sense, but also to engage in comprehensive research, to create a productive knowledge base.

The collection of an architectural archive ought to be extensive, covering all the means of architectural planning, suitable for study and teaching, as well as pleasure. It should be accessible for the broad public, as well as of interest to specialists.