A guided tour of the building and a current exhibition was organised in the memory of Anna Kubinyi in the House of Wisdom. Adrienn and Szilvia, daughters of the renowned textile artist, guided the visitors in the building, where a major selection was exhibited from the works of Anna Kubinyi.

Textile Artist Anna Kubinyi would have turned 70 in February this year. On this very occasion, the House of Wisdom hosted a guided tour of the exhibition and the building as well, where 15 works had already been on display since the opening of the building, i.e. since autumn last year. At the event of February 8, the two daughters of the textile artist, Adrienn and Szilvia guided visitors all around the building, explaining the history and the details of the reconstruction works of the building, while also introducing its current functions. During the tour, they also paid a visit to the works of art exhibited in the House of Wisdom and created by their mother, Anna Kubinyi. This way, visitors could get a personal insight into the textile artist’slife, work, and unique technique, and become familiar with the history and message of the works on display.

On the ground floor of the House of Wisdom, visitors could have a look at the following seven works of Anna Kubinyi on the walls of the corridor surrounding the internal yard: Rozsda (Rust; 2001), Kötelékek (Bonds; 1998), Nyitottzártság (Open Closeness; 2004), Hajnaliégbolt (Dawn Skies; 2010), Kékáttűnés (Blue Transition; 2000), Erdélyitöredék (Transylvanian Fragment; 2003) and Győztes fejedelem – Attila (Victorious Sovereign – Attila; 2011). Almost all of these works were created in the 2000s, following the artist’s return to Hungary after a long stay abroad. It happened as a consequence of her Transylvanian trips that she started to take interest in the topics of identity, national fate and folk-art heritage.

On the upper floor of the House of Wisdom, where the seminar rooms of the doctoral school are also located, eight further works by Anna Kubinyi are exhibited. In these rooms, which are otherwise not open to the general public, the following works can be seen by the textile artist: Székelykapu I (Szekler Gate No. 1; 2002), Székelykapu II (Szekler Gate No. 2; 2006), Székelykapu III (Szekler Gate No. 3; 2008), CsíksomlyóiImatextil (Prayer Tapestry from Csíksomlyó; 2014), KőrösiCsomaEmléktextil (KőrösiCsoma Memorial Tapestry; 2009), CsomaOltár (Csoma Altar; 2013), Hajnalimeditáció (in memoriam Robindrannath Tagore) (Dawn Meditation (in memoriam Robindrannath Tagore); 2013), and Gyűrődés (Fold; 2000).

Anna Kubinyi was born in Makó in 1949 and she “accidentally” became a textile artist. Originally, she planned to work as a ceramist, but her documents were somehow lost at the University of Applied Arts, and finally she was accepted to the tapestry programme. In her works, she mostly focused on nature and landscapes, represented by a unique world of motifs; by using weaving and relief technique, she created plastic and dynamic compositions, emerging out of the plane surface. This technical solution accompanied her workmanship all her life, and this feature differentiated her from other textile artists. For her works, the artist dyed, processed, and weaved the raw materials herself, and she also used wool and silk to enrich her palette of emotions and colours.