Representatives of the Hungarian National Museum and the Reformation Memorial Committee announced on a press conference held on 24 October that the travelling exhibition bearing the title Reformation 500 “Easy-going Reformation” was officially on its way in an articulated bus. The aim is to bring the historical tokens and heritage of Reformation to as many places as possible until the end of the anniversary and even after that.
Reformation 500 “Easy-going Reformation” bus is the product of cooperation between the Reformation Memorial Committee and the Hungarian National Museum, and is a travelling exhibition. Before starting its long trip across the country, it opened its “doors” to the public at the press conference held on 24 October at the main steps of the Hungarian National Museum. During the program, Benedek Varga, Chief Director of the Hungarian Museum greeted the attendees, who also visited the greatest thematic exhibition of the anniversary of Reformation, the IGE-IDŐK. It is not a secret that the exhibition in the bus borrows some of this.
IGE-IDŐK can be visited free of charge until closing on 5 November. You can read more on this here. The idea of the bus and the concept itself was explained by Dr. Károly Hafenscher, State Commissioner of the Reformation Memorial Committee. The curators of the travelling exhibition were also present at the occasion: Art historian Zsuzsa Zászkaliczky, the Associate Director for Public Education of the National Evangelical Collection, historian dr. Botond Kertész, senior member of the National Evangelical Collection, and dr. Erika Kiss, senior member of the Hungarian National Museum.
Zsuzsa Zászkaliczky gave an interview about the inside of the bus and the exhibition itself. The exhibition is mainly about what Reformation means to us, which is presented around the topics of spirituality, the vernacular, learning, family, image (visuality), richness and dispute (public life, politics) that are still current even today. The exhibition brings the values of the revival movement that reached us five hundred years ago, that is, Reformation, with interviews with contemporaries, interactive games and digital applications, as well as objects and installations of great significance.
Meanwhile, the outside of the bus also speaks for itself, and informs the spectator, since it enumerates the famous figures of the history of Reformation in chronological order. The decoration is about history and remarkable ancestors, while the inside focuses on its message for today. The passengers painted to the side of the bus, whose line is not even nearly complete, are prominent figures of Reformation in Hungary, and Calvin, Luther and Melanchthon. Under them, in the lower bar, a timescale shows the most important events of Reformation in Hungary and the Protestant churches, virtually up to this day. This was described by dr. Botond Kertész to the attendees.
The travelling exhibition of Reformation, which can be visited free of charge, will first go around Pest county, then to other parts across the country.