Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives
Blinken OSA Archives – Night of the Museums, June 22, 2019, 4:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.
5:00 p.m. Curatorial tour of the exhibition Galeria Centralis: Collective Dreams and Bourgeois Villas – Site Plan of the Hungarian CIRPAC Group
In interwar Hungary, the CIRPAC group was one of the most important representatives of the “Neues Bauen” [New building] movement. Farkas Molnár, József Fischer, and their associates, who were linked to Bauhaus and its mentality in several ways, ventured beyond the framework of architecture. Addressing social issues, they wrote publications and organized presentations and exhibitions—even if it meant confrontations with the authorities. Thus, besides architectural achievements, their site plan also presents the complex political conditions of the 1930s.
8:00 p.m. Exclusive guided tour by Lili Thury graphic designer and the students of the Advanced Architectural College
4:00-7:30 p.m. Contemporary dreams and villas – Montage making workshop with Lili Thury graphic designer
What does a contemporary bourgeois villa look like, what are the newest ideas concerning the housing crisis? Current architectural magazines will be cut into pieces and then put together into a montage to be used as a means to express our own vision about contemporary architecture and social issues. The montages could be used to make flyers, posters and fanzines that can be printed and taken home.
9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Screening of the film made from the montages made during the day, music.
4:00-12:00 p.m. Guided tour of the building which serves both as an exhibition hall and as an archives. The Goldberger house is also an industrial monument which is fully opened to the public once a year. The basement of the building holds records of the fieldwork that underpinned Radio Free Europe's broadcasts during the Cold War. The collection is an essential source on the post-war political, social, and economic history of the region. We also hold the personal papers of a range of political, cultural, and counter-culture figures from the Cold War era to the present, and several series of Soviet, Polish and Hungarian underground literature which constitute a major international collection of samizdat materials.
Guided tours of the Goldberger house are held every two hours, on demand in English as well.