Kálmán Forever: Hungarian Operetta Exhibition In Moscow

N. N.
Herman Ottó Muzeum
13 July, 2017

The Hungarian Herman Ottó Muzeum has announced that it has debuted in Moscow with a solo exhibition. At the end of June, in the Theatre Salon of the Bakhrushin State Central Theatre Museum on Tverskoy Boulevard, the museum hailing from Miskolc organized an exhibit about Hungarian operettas, coinciding with the 135th anniversary of Emmerich Kálmán’s birth. The exhibition is entitled Kálmán Imre és a többiek (Emmerich Kálmán and others) and includes world-famous Hungarian composers from the first half of the 20th century and their most popular pieces that launched Hungarian operetta to the international forefront.

The Hungarian operetta exhibition at Moscow's Bakhrushin State Central Theatre Museum. (Photo: Miskolci Színészmúzeum -Thália-ház)

The Hungarian operetta exhibition at Moscow’s Bakhrushin State Central Theatre Museum. (Photo: Herman Ottó Muzeum)

The organizers not only showcase themes characteristic of Hungarian musical plays but also their preferred locations, ranging from Budapest to Paris.

Visitors can gain insight on the critiques operetta composers received and what actresses of the early century were dreaming about. The colourful atmosphere of the genre manifests within the walls of the museum through period- appropriate photographs of the plays, artist portraits and posters along with the spectacular costume and set designs created in the past decades.

Visitors at the Hungarian operetta exhibition in Moscow. (Photo: Miskolci Színészmúzeum -Thália-ház)

Visitors at the Hungarian operetta exhibition in Moscow. (Photo: Herman Ottó Muzeum)

Hungarian operetta remains highly popular in Russian theatres to this day; therefore mementos from the most successful premieres in Moscow are also part of the show.

The theater museum in Moscow. (Photo: Miskolci Színészmúzeum -Thália-ház)

The theater museum in Moscow. (Photo: Herman Ottó Muzeum)

The exhibition runs until July 23 and is another example of the Hungarian government trying to proudly showcase its “National Heritage.” If the political overtones to this enterprise were not so spooky – in times of Orban’s government – the enterprise would be decidedly more enjoyable.

Objects on display at the Moscow theater museum. (Photo: Miskolci Színészmúzeum -Thália-ház)

Objects on display at the Moscow theater museum. (Photo: Herman Ottó Muzeum)

For more information on the Hungarian theater museum, click here.

There is one comment

  1. Gábor Mikita

    Dear Editors!
    The cooperation of the two museums is expressly a professional cooperation, independent of all political organizations and aspirations. This exhibition was also established on its own professional initiative, without the Hungarian government being aware. The exhibition was not made for political bidding. Do not explain any political aspirations!
    History: The Miskolc International Film Festival invited us to arrange an exhibition of Franciska Gaál actress in 2009. The festival presented the exhibition in London and Moscow. So we got to know the staff of the Moscow Theater Museum. We are interested in each other’s collections and works.
    We are pleased to invite each other’s exhibitions since 2014.
    We are researching and presenting the Hungarian and Miskolc theater culture in Hungary as a theatrical museum in Miskolc for twenty years – without any political motivation. I think it is not to be criticized, but it is self-evident if a national / local history museum presents its own national / local values ​​in its own museum and in the world. We also like to present this exhibition anywhere in the world, regardless of politics.