HUDEC CULTURE WALKS in Banská Bystrica

L. E. Hudec heritage in the region

Commemorate the Hudec legacy in his born city on the 60th anniversary of his death

The aim of the 1 day program is to introduce the L. E. Hudec related cultural heritage in the region with participation of Slovakian, Hungarian and Chinese experts, local people concerned and invited stakeholders. There will be guided tour to Hudec related places and solemn event of the “MEMORANDOUM for Preserving the Hudec Heritage” document signature. The document is representing an international initiation of collecting and supervising Hudec related researches, developments and establishing a jointly agreed Hudec tradition.
The program is a joint event of the Hudec Memorial Year 2018-2019.

The Hudec Culture Walks registration and program 

The MEMORANDUM document 


L. E. Hudec Memorial Year, 2018-2019 has been announced by the Human Dignity Council and the Hungarian Association of Architects. The purpose of the memorial year is to introduce to the Hungarian audience the architect of the first skyscraper in Asia, László Hudec and his architectural heritage in Shanghai.


László Hudec (1893-1958) is one of the talented Hungarian who survived World War I, whose outstanding architectural work has been discovered by the Hungarians architects and culture experts in the past 10 years and has since become one of the main pillars of Sino-Hungarian relations. 

The city leaders of Shanghai are also proud of their Hudec legacy: 28 of his 60 buildings are protected with Cultural Heritage label, and the number of beatifully renovated Hudec buildings has been increasing in the last years.


Hudec Cultural Foundation's plans for the Year of the Dog

Hudec Cultural Foundation's plans for the Year of the Dog

The year 2018 is a unique occasion to celebrate the Hudec heritage in China, in Central Europe and in USA. László Hudec was born 125 years ago in Besztercebánya (Banska Bystrica) Slovakia, he arrived to Shanghai 100 years ago and he died 60 years ago in Berkeley, USA. The Hudec Cultural Foundation has several plans to organize events, exhibitions and cooperate in film productions for celebrating and commemorating the Hudec oeuvre, his architectural talent and his exemplary life story of the vicissitudes 20th century.

Februray - May
International Hudec Workshop in Besztercebánya (Banska Bystrica) where Hudec was born

Commemorating events in relation to the 60th anniversary of his death. International Hudec Workshop in Besztercebánya (Banska Bystrica) where Hudec was born. 

Hudec Memorial Plaquet installation and celebration event at Technical University of Budapest (BME) where Hudec studied architecture

"Hudec 100" programs and exhibitions in Shanghai and in Budapest, commemorating and celebrating his arrival to Shanghai 100 years ago

Please, contact us if you are willing to become a partner of Hudec Cultural Foundation's programs, events and researching projects.

Video about the program on the 30th of september, 2017

A short video about the program in the garden of Ferenc Hopp Museum of Asiatic Arts in Budapest. 

Thank you for the cooperation for: Eszter JanossyKatalin Marótzy, Antal Bodóczky , Rita Halasi, Réka PigniczkySzalontai Abel, Györgyi FajcsákAnna VécseiBudai Orsolya, Művészetek Palotája, Graphisoft and Ferenc Hopp Museum of Asiatic Arts.

Hommage á László Hudec program on the 30th of September in the Ferenc Hopp Museum of Asiatic Arts.

The aim of the program starting at 3pm is to introduce the cultural and architectural heritage of László Hudec, the most famous architect of Shanghai between the wars. Participants are invited to watch Réka Pigniczky documentary about his life and Ábel Szalontai's contemporary photographs of the most famous Hudec buildings. Graphisoft will give virtual tours of 3 Hudec buildings with Google Cardboard glasses and invited experts will be asked during a stage conversation about their opinion of the Hudec heritage in Shanghai. The Sanghay – Shanghai exhibition will be open to the public as well. The programs are in Hungarian, entrance tickets are available at the museum's ticket office.

address: 1062 Budapest, Andrássy út 103.


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The Sanghay - Shanghai exhibition opened on 21st of September in the Ferenc Hopp Museum of Asiatic Arts, Budapest

The new exhibition at the Ferenc Hopp Museum of Asiatic Arts, titled Sanghay - Shanghai. Parallel Diversities between East and West, links the emblematic oriental metropolis of Shanghai with the Sanghay Bar in Budapest, a perfect encapsulation of the contradictory image of the East that prevailed in Hungary between the wars. The aim of the exhibition is twofold: firstly to allow a glimpse inside the world of Hungarians who lived and worked in Shanghai in that period, as seen through their own personal items (many of which now form part of the collection of the Hopp Museum); and secondly to present the findings of recent research into previously unexplored areas of Hungarian art that came under the influence of the East. 

video about the opening: 

The renewed Hudec photo albums

Thanks to the high performed restoration work of Edit Darabos, the colleague of the Applied Art Museum, the two original photo albums are in the condition as they were 80-90 years ago. This is a great result of the cooperation program between Applied Art Museum and Hudec Cultural Foundation started years ago.



14th World Congress on Art Deco ® in Cleveland

The Hudec Cultural Foundation was the honorary guest of the 14th World Congress on Art Deco in Cleveland, USA in 2017 May. The World Congress aims to provide a forum for the worldwide exchange and promotion of ideas and information about Art Deco.


The main organiser of the program, the 20th Century Society USA,, provided a a 5 days program with lectures, guided architectural and museum tours and evening parties. Participants had been presented to all the important museums and well known architectural sites of the city. The almost 200 attendants were coming from Australia and New Zealand, Argentina, Canada, China, Europe and USA. 


Visiting Laszlo Hudec’s last work - the University Lutheran Chapel of Berkeley, USA

In 2017 May Virag Csejdy visited the church, entered the building and met the Pastor who allowed to look at the old documents and design drawings. Laszlo Hudec was the consultant architect of the project. The hired architecture firm was Wahamaki & Corey, the construction works was finished in 1957, one year before he died. He was also involved in the community life and the church has served his funeral ceremony too, but his ashes were buried in his born city, Besztercebánya (Slovakia) later.

The blueprints and design drawings are bringing back the atmosphere of the main concept of a transparent building with multi functions serving the need of the community's life. In the well proportioned facade windows and the characteristic tower, the main motive of the building, we can track down L. E. Hudec's designing skills and experienced architectural knowledge.

The building was renovated and a lot of structural changes had been made for better usage of the communitiy needs. As a result a lot of original designing idea has disappered but the strong tower motive is still the most dominant character of the building. In the interior the old german crucifix had been moved from the altar and therefore the main, longitudinal view of the space lost its spiritual power.


Through presentations and expert-guided tours, this Symposium presents the architectural and cultural treasures of the Art Deco style, as represented by outstanding cultural heritage locations in Budapest.
The Symposium is organized by the non-profit Hudec Cultural Foundation, headed by Virág Csejdy. In response to International Coalition of Art Deco Societies' support for new Art Deco interest groups around the globe, the Budapest symposium has been organized to offer a Central European perspective and to explore opportunities for further international collaboration.

Programs are in English and free to all participants. Online registration needed:

Honorary Guests
Joseph Loundy, President of the Chicago Art Deco Society (CADS), President of the International Coalition of Art Deco Societies (ICADS)
Pascal Laurent, Founder and President of the Paris Art Deco Society (APADS), board member of International Coalition of Art Deco Societies (ICADS)
Patrick Cranley, co-founder and President of Historic Shanghai, board member of International Coalition of Art Deco Societies (ICADS)

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