Special dinner at Qian Xiang Fang for World Congress participants
photo by Hudec Cultural Foundation

During one week in November 2015, Shanghai hosted two important events related to the popular Art Deco style. The 13th World Congress of Art Deco focused on the history of Old Shanghai, its architecture and cultural life, including the artists and architects of the era. The Miami-based International Coalition of Art Deco Societies (ICADS) has organized the World Congress since 1991. Participants at this year’s Congress in Shanghai came from Australia, USA, Europe and South America. The diverse program featured lectures, walking tours, evening dinners and cocktail parties celebrating the city’s fascinating architectural and design heritage. The high-quality programs were run by two organizations: Historic Shanghai and Shanghai Art Deco, both well known for their activities in heritage protection and historical research of Old Shanghai.

‘Arround the Bund’ walking tour for World Congress participants
photo by Hudec Cultural Foundation

The Budapest-based Hudec Cultural Foundation was also involved in the World Congress, representing Hungary and Central Europe. Virág Csejdy, the foundation’s curator, gave a presentation on László Hudec, her great-grand uncle. Her lecture focused on Hudec’s life story, his cul- tural background and his Art Deco projects, based on material gathered over seven years of research in family archives in Budapest and Canada.

Virág Csejdy's presentation at World Congress on Art Deco on 3rd of November 2015, Peninsula Hotel, Shanghai 
photos by Pujol Didier 

ART DECO Budapest-Shanghai, conference and exhibition in Green House
photos by Consulate General of Hungary in Shanghai

László Hudec’s reputation in Shanghai represents a bridge between Hungarian and Chinese culture. Hudec designed the Park Hotel, the first skyscraper in Asia; more than 60 buildings designed by him still stand in the city. Hungary, though a small nation, is putting major efforts into cultivating the Hudec legacy in Shanghai.On November 4-5, in connection with the Art Deco World Congress, the Hudec Cultural Foundation and the Consulate General of Hungary in Shanghai, in cooperation with Shanghai Urban Planning and Design Research Institute, organized an open conference entitled ‘ART DECO Budapest-Shanghai’. The program welcomed 100 participants to presentations by Chinese and Hungarian experts, who focused on László Hudec’s legacy in Shanghai, his Hungarian contemporaries, and Art Deco architecture and interior designs in Hungary. Conference events were held in the beautifully renovated “Green House” villa designed by Hudec in 1937 for a wealthy Chinese family, and now owned by the Shanghai Urban Planning and Design Research Institute. The entire building was open for this occasion to participants, who could explore this Hudec masterpiece, a luxury western styled building serving the traditional chinese lifestyle. 

Green House, location of the ART DECO Budapest-Shanghai program 
photos by Consulate General of Hungary in Shanghai

Lecturers of ART DECO Budapest-Shanghai conference:
Mrs Virág Csejdy curator, Hudec Cultural Foundation
Mrs Éva Horányi historian-museologist, Hungarian Museum of Applied Arts
Mrs Michelle Qiao columnist and Hudec-heritage researcher, Shanghai Daily
Mrs Judit Tar antiques dealer, co-founder of the Falk Art Forum antique and modern art festival
Mrs Hua Xiahong architect, professor at Tongji University
Mr Dániel Kovács curator, Hungarian Contemporary Architecture Centre

Partners of ART DECO Budapest-Shanghai conference and exhibition:
Consulate General of Hungary in Shanghai - shanghai.kormany.hu
Shanghai Urban Planning and Design Research Institute
Hudec Cultural Foundation - www.hudecproject.com

Supporters of ART DECO Budapest-Shanghai:
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Hungary
Hungarian National Cultural Fund
Tradeland Ltd. - www.tradeland.hu
Historic Shanghai - www.historic-shanghai.com
World Congress on Art Deco 2015 ® - www.shanghaiartdeco.net

Media Partner of ART DECO Budapest-Shanghai: 
Gateway to Europe Hungarian-Chinese Cultural, Educational and Commercial Association

Graphic design of ART DECO Budapest-Shanghai:
Sabotage Graphic - www.sabotagegraphic.hu

usefull weblinks:
Museum of Applied Arts in Budapest: www.imm.hu
Contemporary Architecture Centre (KÉK): kek.org.hu


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