Context & Identity in Contemporary Hungarian Art

Reimagining the near past and constructing local identities. A Fulbright project by Linnea West (2012-13)

Origin Myths

quotesY“The theory of identification of Huns with Hungarians, widely accepted previously, was refuted as a legend in the middle of the 19th century–one of the reasons why Arpad and Saint Stephen came to the forefront in the wake of the Astro-Hungarian compromise of 1867. In the run-up to the millenniary celebrations, the government side tended to emphasize the importance of the holy king, the establishment of the multi-ethnic state, and the adoption of the constitution, while the opposition–favoring independence and the supremacy of the Hungarian over other ethnic groups–gave preference to the topic of Arpad and the Hungarian conquest.”

Art and Nation: Image and Self-Image (p.397)

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This entry was posted on October 26, 2012 by in Quote.
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