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Focus on Iconic Foreign and Hungarian Divas in a New Exhibition from May

MTI-Hungary Today 2024.04.10.
Éva Marton and Zséda (Adrienn Zsédenyi)

Alongside Rihanna, Cher, Tina Turner, Edith Piaf, Marilyn Monroe, Éva Marton, Zséda, Magdi Rúzsa, Zsuzsa Koncz, and other famous artists, the House of Music Hungary will present the stories of Divas & Icons from May 18.

The Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), the world’s largest museum of applied arts and design, is the first to bring to Hungary an international traveling exhibition that has attracted nearly 300,000 visitors and features a thematic section on world stars and icons of the Hungarian music scene.

The joint curatorship of the House of Music Hungary and the V&A will include Rihanna, Björk, Whitney Houston, Tina Turner, Cher, Maria Callas, Edith Piaf, Ingrid Bergman, Billie Eilish, Katalin Karády, Zsuzsa Cserháti, Éva Marton, Zsuzsa Koncz, Magdi Rúzsa, Zséda, Bori Péterfy, and other celebrities.

Managing Director András Batta, Kossuth Prize-winning opera singer Éva Marton, multiple Hungarian Music Awards-winning singer Zséda (Adrienn Zsédenyi), and Director Márton Horn (L-R). Photo via MTI/Czimbal Gyula

The international traveling exhibition, showcasing the extraordinary power, social role, and creativity of divas, will close at its original London venue in April.

“In developing the Hungarian narrative, we have sought to bring together influential artists who align with the original messages of the exhibition. The musical diversity is also reflected in the Divas & Icons exhibition in Budapest,” András Batta emphasized.

Kossuth Prize-winning opera singer Éva Marton donated the costume of Elisabeth of Valois in Verdi’s opera Don Carlos to the House of Music. Excerpts from recordings of the world-famous opera singer’s performances will also be on display in the Divas & Icons exhibition.

The London exhibition is the first of its kind to tell the story of the iconic performers who made their voices heard from the 19th century to the present day.

The first part sets the creation of the diva in a historical context, the ladies who have shaped today’s popular culture through their existence. The second act celebrates the revolutionary performers, who through their art, voices, and identities, have changed and evolved society.

Photo via Facebook/Magyar Zene Háza

The exhibition will feature hundreds of objects from the museum’s own collection and pieces borrowed from around the world, spanning design, costume, fashion, photography, music, and film.

Visitors can learn about the story of Ingrid Bergman through the dress she wore in the film about Joan of Arc, as well as the drama of the lives of Sarah Bernhardt, Josephine Baker, Edith Piaf, Marlene Dietrich, and many other world-famous performers. Several costumes are on display for the first time, such as Maria Callas’ stage costume as Norma from 1952, Marilyn Monroe’s fringed black dress from the film Some Like It Hot (1959), but also iconic sets designed by celebrity fashion designer Bob Mackie. Dresses worn by Tina Turner, P!nk, and Cher are on display, while Billie Eilish, Rihanna, Adele, Björk, and Whitney Houston all lent their outfits to the exhibition.

The exhibition Divas & Icons will be on display in the 800 square meter temporary space of the House of Music Hungary. The exhibition will be open to the Hungarian public from May 18 to September 15 .

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Via MTI; Featured image via MTI/Czimbal Gyula

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