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The first temporary exhibition opened at the Hungarian House of Music, entitled “They wrote the song for us!” – The heroic age of Hungarian popular music and its social effects, from 1957 to the regime change.
The songs in the exhibition gave hope in their time, the Minister of Culture and Innovation, János Csák said at the opening ceremony. “The generation that grew up before 1990 brought with them a lot of anxiety and fear, so one of the most important tasks is not to pass on these frustrations to the next generation, but to remember the things that hold us together,” he added.
András Batta, Managing Director of the Hungarian House of Music, pointed out that although the institution is only one year old, it has already attracted 800,000 visitors. “We are now complete, all our stages and spaces have been filled with life,” he added.
Batta told MTI that the exhibition, which covers an area of almost 1,000 square meters, does not simply deal with the history of Hungarian pop music in the more than three decades before the fall of communism, but also its social aspects, thus providing a whole chronology. The most important songs of these decades, the technical equipment used at the time, what these songs meant to the young people of the time, and how they conveyed the illusion of freedom, can also be explored.
Eight interconnected themes will show the music and social background of the era, its 200 artists and 39 songs, the clubs, cultural institutions, music technology, and fans of the 60s and 80s.
The pop history exhibition will be on display from Sunday until October 29 in the temporary exhibition space on the ground floor of the Hungarian House of Music.
Photos via MTI/Balogh Zoltán