Rue Bonaparte is one of my favorite streets. It starts with the best Ladurée of Paris (well, it actually starts with Quai Malaquais but it’s okay) and lasts till Jardin du Luxembourg. And just near Luxo there is a very noticeable place highlighted with a sculpture of a pensive girl in a summer hat – Institut Hongrois.
Institut Hongrois (The Hungary Institute) a place where Hungarian culture is represented in Paris. It is one of the oldest foreign cultural centers in the city as it was founded in the late 1920s. Nowadays a lot of interesting things are happening here: exhibitions, concerts, film screenings, literary evenings, seminars, conferences, debates and courses of Hungarian language.
The Hungarian Institute is paced in a classic Parisian building. The visitor is greeted at the entrance by a statue created by Andras Lapis (Sous le chapeau/ Under the hat, the original sculpture is in Szeged, Hungary). The building of 2850 square meters has a library, two galleries, named after Victor Vasarely and André Kertész, a movie theater (fifty-five seats), a concert hall equipped with a Steinway piano, and two classrooms to learn Hungarian language. The library is open to the public. It holds the second largest collection in the field of Hungarian studies in France, with nearly 10,000 books, DVDs and CDs.
Pierre sur Pierre: Fragments of Jewish Rural Culture in Hungary.
The case studies that form the frame of the exhibition show the daily life of Jews, their relations with the rest of Hungarian society, the distinguishing features of this unique culture and different ways (direct and diverted) that their community could borrow, between tradition and modernity; but they also evoke certain manifestations of survival and even the revival of Jewish culture in Hungary.
Monday – Friday: 9 am – 7:30 pm; Saturday: 1:30 pm – 7:30 pm, closed on Sunday and Monday