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Please take a look at the most recent publication of the Ferenc Hopp Museum of Asian Arts:

Nagas, birds, elephan. Traditional Dress from Mainland Southeast Asia
Editors: Brittig Vara, Dr. Fajcsák Györgyi
Publisher: Budapest: The Museum of Fine Arts - Hopp Ferenc Museum of Asitaic Art
Year of publication: 2016
ISBN: 978-963-87496-7-3
Language: English
Number of page: 230 pages with illustration
Weight: 1.300 g
Price: 7,800 HUF


In the book, Southeast Asian textiles are examined from several different angles – geographical, chronological and anthropological; starting with a presentation of textile types, their ritualistic roles and their systems of patterning, the distinguishing features of the different peoples – their beliefs, their customs and their celebrations – are approached through depictions of their traditional dress and materials. The geographical scope of the selected materials was restricted to mainland Southeast Asia. The earliest items discussed are Khmer-Empire statues from the 12th–13th centuries, while the most recent items are textiles collected – mostly “in the field” – in the 19th–20th centuries. This volume also takes a peek into the practical side of collecting artistic materials in Southeast Asia. Close to a hundred objects are presented in the volume: alongside valuable – and very rarely seen – items from Hungarian public collections (Ferenc Hopp Museum of Asiatic Arts, Museum of Ethnography), there are numerous interesting Southeast Asian textiles acquired by private collectors and scientific researchers.


Párbeszéd – Dialogue
Museum educational booklet connected to the temporary exhibition titled Imaging Korea – Beyond the people, land and time.
Concept and texts | Virág Hársvölgyi
Publisher: László Baán, General Director
Ferenc Hopp Museum of Asiatic Arts, Budapest
Year of Publication: 2016
ISBN: 978-615-5304-60-6
Language: Hungarian/English
Number of the pages: 16, with fold-out pages and illustration
Weight: 235 g
Price: 800 HUF


In the mentioned exhibition you could learn about Korean culture and the lives of ordinary Korean people, today and in the past, through over a hundred unique images, captured by seven of korea’s leading contemporary art photographers. This museum education booklet, specially made for the exhibition, offers an extra experience that will probably never be repeated. On the pages, you can see some of the photos displayed at the exhibition, but more than that, we have also included images of several objects from the Korean collection of the Ferenc Hopp Museum of Asiatic Arts, objects which cannot be seen at the exhibition. But the visible and the “invisible” come together on these pages! The twenty selected works react to each other, talk to one another, and the visual conversation between them can also be spoken in words.

In Search of Prince Genji. Japan in Words and Images
Editors: Mirjam Dénes, Györgyi Fajcsák
Publisher: Budapest: The Museum of Fine Arts - Hopp Ferenc Museum of Asitaic Art
Year of publication: 2015
ISBN: 978-615-5304-49-1
Language: English
Number of page: 265 pages with illustration
Weight: 1.170 g
Price: 5,900 HUF
Availability: Available










The name of the protagonist in the thousand-year-old literary classic, Genji Monogatari, is always accompanied in Japanese by the sobriquet “hikaru”, which means ’to shine’, ’to sparkle’. The epithet refers not only to Prince Genji’s ethereal beauty, but also to his unparalleled intellect and his refined tastes and manners. This physical and mental perfection has elevated his figure to the status of the most iconic character in Japanese cultural history. His time and the realm of the eleventh-century imperial court in Heian-kyō, today’s Kyoto are regarded as the cradle of classical Japanese culture.
The impact exerted by the work of Lady Murasaki over the last thousand years has been most profound, and this continues to lend enormous weight not only to the text itself, but also to the overwhelming array of creations that have derived inspiration from it. Titled In Search of Prince Genji – Japan in Words and Images, the exhibition focuses on the aesthetic ideal of Japanese traditional art and its reception by contemporary Hungarians; therefore it is an integral part of the series of exhibitions held at the Ferenc Hopp Museum of Asiatic Arts, placing classical Asian artworks alongside contemporary art creations.
The first section of the publication associated with the exhibition intends to present the literary, art historical and cultural historical aspects of the Japanese myth of Genji (studies written by Judit Vihar and Mirjam Dénes), while the second section approaches the subject from the point of view of contemporary Hungarian artists (studies written by Judit Vihar and Károly Kincses)

The Indologist Indian. In Memory of Ervin Baktay
Editor: Béla Kelényi
Publisher: Budapest: Ferenc Hopp Museum of Asian Arts
Year of publication: 2014
ISBN: 978-615-5304-31-6
Language: Hungarian
Number of pages: 447, with illustrations
Weight: 2,110 g
Price: 5,200 HUF

The volume gives an overview of the societal and intellectual movements of the first half of the 20th century through the portrayal of Ervin Baktay’s diverse personality. The essays provide detailed discussions, among others, of the hitherto unexplored ancestry of Baktay’s family, his years spent in Munich in the painting school of Simon Hollósy, who Baktay regarded as his master to the end of his life, his links with the Bohemian movements of the first few years of the century, his first translations, his role in starting the cult of Gandhi and Tagore, hardly known at the time in Hungary, his first travels to India (1926–1929) and his journey to Western Tibet taken in 1928 under extraordinary circumstances, his association with the Hungarian Geographical Society, his astrological work, his commitment to the Wild West, as well as his key role in the Ferenc Hopp Museum of Asiatic Arts. The tome also contains the list of Baktay’s museum lectures, his accounts of his travels in India in 1956–57, his correspondence with his colleagues, as well as a detailed bibliography of numerous newly discovered articles, studies and Baktay’s thus far unpublished manuscripts.


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