According to a press release from the Hungarian University of Fine Arts, in addition to the online donations that have been going on for weeks, 128 works of art donated by the university’s faculty and students will be up for bidding at the charity auction, which is being held jointly with the Turkish Embassy in Budapest and the Yunus Emre Institute’s Cultural Center in Budapest. This will be the first live charity auction in the history of the institution, taking place on April 21 in the Barcsay Hall of the University.
For the first time, the 150-year-old institution has invited its faculty, active, and former students to donate a work of art to the charity. The call for entries included 78 student and 50 faculty works, including large-scale oil-acrylic paintings, figurative and abstract works, as well as artistic prints and works in various precious techniques. Among the contributors are prestigious teachers such as Frigyes Kőnig, Géza Sallai, József Szurcsik, Zoltán Ötvös, János Kósa, Tamás Felsmann, and István Erős.
The charity auction will be hosted by Antónia Bálint and Gábor Gundel Takács, and the opening concert will be performed by artists from the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music. The buyer of the three most valuable auction lots will receive a bottle of gift-wrapped Szenta-hegyi Cabernet Franc 2018 wine as a gift, and all bidders will be invited to a free wine tasting at the Takler Borbár in Buda.
Registration is required to participate in the event, and the organizers welcome applications from bidders via email at email@example.com. You can also bid by phone order.
The works donated by the University of Fine Arts have also been the subject of an online charity donation campaign on Sharity for weeks.
On the online platform, donors can receive one of 100 limited edition graphic design works as a gift until April 20.
All the proceeds from the live auction and online donation organized by the Hungarian University of Fine Arts will be channeled through the Turkish Embassy in Budapest to the Disaster and Emergency Management Bureau of the Ministry of Interior of Turkey, which will coordinate local relief efforts.
Featured photo via Facebook/Trend FM (Work of Frigyes Kőnig)