The precious furniture, designed by the Fago brothers, was brought to Oradea, …

The living room of the Darvas House – La Roche in Oradea is decorated with recently restored furniture, designed in the early 20th century by architects Vágó László and József Vágó of Oradea, who also signed the project of the house in the center of Oradea, which became the Museum of Modern Art .

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The collection, which includes several pieces of furniture, was presented, Thursday, during the opening of “Arts and Crafts in Furniture Design” by Angela Lubcia, Director of the Foundation for the Protection of Historic Monuments (Oradea Heritage), by Elie Mitreya, restorer of the Brukenthal National Museum in Sibiu. , who also took an interest in the furniture brought to Oradea, and Mircea Hortopan, director of heritage at the Peles National Museum, who prepared the specialist report on the pieces.

Lupșea explained that the furniture was purchased in 2021 by Oradea Heritage from a family of art collectors (Paul Stirton and Juliet Kinchin) from Glasgow, Scotland. “At first, the two were not sure they wanted to sell it, but I explained to them that here, in Oradea, the furniture would be valued and would be placed in the designed house by the architects who would also sign off on the design of this furniture,” the principal added. Then she thanked those who remained In contact with collectors and prepared furniture in Glasgow (researcher Peter Trolls, Diudad Zuh and Cecilia Hausmann) as well as the transport company – Rozotti.

“The collection is complete with all the pieces and it can be seen that it was designed for a wealthy family, from a high society. The shapes and colors of the decorations are inspired by nature and certainly fit the Art Nouveau style. The furniture to arrive here in the Romanian capital was supposed to be Art Nouveau”, added Mircea Hortopan.

About 40 people who attended the event were invited to the foyer of the house, where Elie Mitreya gave them some details about the furniture restoration process.

“I worked for more than 300 hours with two other colleagues from the museum. I came to Oradea at the end of the year and we were able to finish everything at the beginning of this month. The process was very difficult because the pieces were deteriorating. The leather and wood were replaced with dust, then treated with special materials,” explained the restorer. . The furniture assembly will be under our supervision for a year to ensure that it lasts for a long time from now on.”

The furniture cost 120,000 lei, and its restoration cost another 60,000 lei.

The collection was purchased by Oradea Heritage with the help of European Funds, through the project “Strengthening Cultural Identity in the Danube Starting from a Shared Heritage of Modern Art”, with a total budget of €1.8 million, and the funds were distributed among nine involved partners: Oradea City Hall, as leader Project, Oradea Heritage, Romanian National Heritage Institute, Hungary Budapest Polytechnic Museum, Vienna Austria Polytechnic Museum, Zagreb Museum of Arts and Crafts – Croatia, University of Bratislava – Slovakia, Kodolani János University in Hungary and National Institute for Archeology Protection in Serbia.

Modern Art Days

The opening of the exhibition including the new living room furniture from the Museum of Modern Art in Oradea was the first event in the Days of Modern Art, which took place this weekend in Oradea.

Follow documentaries in the garden of Darvas House – La Roche, guided tours of the world of antiques and commercials in towns, meetings with big personalities and open-air opera and ballet performances.

The event aims to promote the style approached by the architects who designed the city’s famous buildings, such as the Palace of the Black Eagle, the Darvas-La Roche House and the Moskovitz Mixa Palace.


World Modern Art Day – “Celebrate the day, enjoy life!” – 2022 edition of Oradea

Friday 10 June:

Time: 10:00

Study and Form in the Creation of Architects László and József Vágó
– An event organized by students of the College of Construction, Architecture and Land Registry
Oradea University Campus, University Street, No. 1

Time: 18:00

“Modern Art Cinema”
Screening of documentaries produced within the “ArtNouveau 2” project, through the Transnational Danube Program
Location: Darvas la Roche House

Saturday 11 June:

Opening hours: 10:00, 16:00 and 19:00

“Grand Madame”, a street art event – high-altitude view
Ferdinand Square

Opening hours: 11 am to 11:30 pm, 12:00 to 12:30 pm

Guided tours of “Printing Houses, Advertising and Antique Shops”
In Romanian from 11:00 to 12:00
In Hungarian from 11:30 and 12:30
Starting point: Street. Vasily Alexandre no. 4

Opening hours: 12:00, 17:00 and 20:00

Very Harmony Street Art Event – Show in Height
Unirii Square intersection with Vasile Alecsandri شارع

Time: 9 pm

Art Nouveau Over the Years Music, Ballet and Light Show
* Entry is free, and in case of bad weather, the event will be held on Sunday
Union Square

Sunday 12 June:
Opening hours: from 11 am to 11 am and from noon to 12:30 pm.
Guided tours of “Printing Houses, Advertising and Antique Shops”
– in Romanian from 11 am to 12 pm
– in Hungarian from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Starting point: Street. Vasily Alexandre no. 4

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