One has passed since the Garden of Philosophy was unveiled in Nakano-ku, Tokyo. To commerorate the first year of the group of statues a special event was organized in the auditorium of Sun Plaza, Nakano-ku. Program: Greetings Mayor Daisuke Tanaka; Lecture about the art values of the compoisition by Matsumoto art historian, the Nándor Wagner video of NHK was shown. The lecture about the the Gardens of Philosphy in Budapest and Tokyo by Sándor Kiss was read. Closing and thanking words were told by Chiyo Wagner, widow of the sculptor.
The Mother of Earth will be placed in Maruyama Park, Sapporo next year. The initiative was made by a local group of senior lady students. According to the customs, the concept of placing was introduced to the public, where vice mayor Noriaki Ikushima also participated.
The main topic of the Autumn Exhibition (15th October - 15th November) is the Hungarian poet of Attila József . The first full body statue of Attila József in Asia was placed in the garden of Nándor Wagner, Mashiko.
At Nándor Wagner's Corpus Hungaricum the wrenches of the remembering were placed by the Mayor of the city, parties, army, civilian organizations including our Foundation and civilians. The students of II. Rákóczi Ferenc School gave a program recalling the events of 6th of October, 1849.
The 15th Summer Camp of Landscape Painters will be held in Felsőbánya (Baia Sprie), Romania between 5th and 12th of September. Our Foundation has been supporting their activities since 2006. May we quote few sentences from their home page as follow:
"It is not an every-day occurence in our region that a European-wide cultural movement such as the Nagybánya School of Painting has grasped the admiration of Europe. We, therefore, believe we must strive to do everything in our power to preserve this valuable tradition.
Our foreign donors are: the Illyés Foundation, the Homeland Foundation, the National Cultural Fund and the Academia Humana. Notable among these is the Academia Humana, a Japanese Foundation who have kindly pledged their support for the next ten years, and which, among other things, covered the cost of this website."
Daisuke Tanaka District Mayor of Nakano-ku, Tokyo paid a friendly visit to the sister Garden of Philosophy on the Gellért Hill, Budapest. Just to remind our readers the Garden of Philosophy was unveiled in his district at Testugakudo during the Japanese-Hungarian Diplomatic Jubilee in 2009.
Mayor Tanaka shared his thoughts during a TV interview
Our Foundation organized a crowd attending Symposium about the reception of the Garden of Philosophy both in Budapest and Tokyo in the Petőfi Literature Museum in Budapest. Speakers: Chiyo Wagner founder, Tibor Wehner art historian, Sándor Kiss president. The video documentary of the group of statues made by János Gulyás was shown.
The team of NHK Educational is in Sweden trying to follow Nándor Wagner's art in Lund, Eslöv and Oskarshamn. Ms.Chiyo Wagner accompanied the team and she is recalling the interesting moments of their life. During the trip a small stainless statue was shown to them at Oskarshamn Forum, which has the real size statue in front of their building.
After 3 years Nándor Wagner's Garden of Philosophy was completed. Speakers of the event: Dr. András Bőhm Chairman of Cultural Committee of Budapest City and Dr. Gábor Tamás Nagy Mayor of 1st District. Ms. Chiyo Wagner expressed her thanks for all efforts. From now on the people can enjoy the group of statues both in Budapest and Tokyo. At the ceremony H.E. Ito Tetsuo Ambassador of Japan and H.E. Gauri Shankar Gupta Ambassador of India were also present. Flute music was played by Prof. Zoltán Gyöngyössy of Liszt Ferenc Music University. Posing for this joyful event on our photo H.E. Ambassador Ito with his wife, Ms. Chiyo Wagner and our President Mr. Sandor Kiss.
The winners of the 2nd National Grammar School Competition "Who Knows more about Japan" are posing for a photo in front of the famous bridge Nijubashi leading to the entrance of the Emperor's Palace in Tokyo. The competition was organised jointly by Hungary-Japan Economic Club to commemorate the Establishment of Diplomatic Relation between Hungary and Japan.
Watch the slide show of the Competition and related diplomatic events.
Garden of Philosophy by Nándor Wagner on the Gellért Hill, Budapest has been completed again for the joy of people after several years. The stolen statues (Mahatma Gandhi, Prince Daruma, St. Francis of Assisi in the back row) were cast in Japan and a Re-unveiling Ceremony will be held on 17-th of June, 2010. Looking forward to seeing you at this great event!
This year the Nándor Wagner Prizes were presented to the winners at the competition of the Partium Christian University in Nagyvárad (Oradea) for 5th occasion. At this competition both art students of graphics and video animation were submitting works. Topic: commemorating the 350th anniversary of passing away of Lórátffy Zsuzsanna.
Winners: student of graphics 1. Tamás Szőcs, 2. Nóra Lázár, 3. Attila Csiszer. Students of Video-animation: 1. Eszter Ary, Zsófia Berényi and Dánil Barta, 2. Vilmos Varga, Gábor Oros, Mátyás Szabó, Ágnes Gordán, Szilárd Postal, 3. Zsolt Hegedűs. Special prize: Dénes Sántha.
Bishop László Tőkés and Sándor Kiss are congratulating the winners.
This spring Wagner Nándor Exhibition in Mashiko has put Prince Shotoku (573-621, regent, politician and ruler in Asuka period) in center. The statute is one of the Garden of Philosophy group in Tokyo, Nakano-ku has been unveiled last year.
May we wish you a good start with a short video on 2nd of Januray, 2010. Please have a look at Tokyo MX News' video report about the unveiled eleven figure "Garden of Philosophy" of Hungarian sculptor Nándor Wagner in Nakano-ku Tokyo (in Japanese).