Our latest exhibition entitled “A Hungarian dervish in Central Asia – the orientalist Ármin Vámbéry” discussing precisely in great detail and historical soundness Ármin Vámbéry’s special life has been opened. And indeed, the entire exhibition is a really adventurous story, as if visitors got right in the middle of a historic movie. The exhibition introduces the life and work of the famous orientalist, with the help of his collected writings, books, collections, relics and personal correspondence.
Besides focusing on Ármin Vámbéry, also known as the lame dervish, the works of other contemporaries of his are also introduced in the exhibition, and one can also get to know their professional and personal relationship to Vámbéry. Within the frameworks of an exciting museum tour the exhibition provides the visitors with an interesting perspective of the entire era. Visitors are welcomed by furnished, authentic rooms, the forgotten objects of the unknown and Oriental regions of the past, huge, poster like images illustrating the panorama of everyday life of the era, completed with paper and wax figures. While walking in the two big rooms of the exhibition space, music from Turkey and the Far-East are played in the background, putting the entire exhibition into a perfect context. Music, literature, history and the past fly visitors into Vámbéry’s age.
There was huge interest taken in the opening of the exhibition; participants were first welcomed by Kata Kaiser, art director of the Ybl Buda Creative House; she was followed by Dóra Gaálné Kalydy, deputy director general of the Library and Information Centre of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and Norbert Csizmadia, President of the Board of Trustees of PAIGEO Foundation, who also delivered their welcoming speeches. The speeches did not only provide exciting information on the creating of the exhibition, but the speakers also shared their personal experiences, and connections to Vámbéry’s work and personality with the audience. Finally, Dr. István Vásáry, professor of Eötvös Loránd University, corresponding member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences discussed the historic importance of Vámbéry that is remarkably introduced by the interactive exhibition.
Following the welcoming speeches there was also live music performance recalling the Ottoman era, conjuring the finely assembled and implemented exhibition even more intimate. Participants of the opening ceremony could also meet Vámbéry himself ‘in person’. As a gentleman dressed as a dervish was walking among the guests, giving rise to the effect as if guests were taking part of time travelling.
Those interested in visiting this unique exhibition can do so by 26 January 2020. The exhibition holds a really memorable experience that would be a pity to miss.