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The Man of Buitenzorg Villa: Ferenc Hopp

5.000 Ft

A book on the founder of the Ferenc Hopp Museum of Asiatic Arts was published in 2008 under the mysterious title “The man of Buitenzorg villa”. In 1919, Ferenc Hopp in his last will bequeathed his home – the Buitenzorg villa on Andrássy street – and his Oriental collection of approximately 4,000 items to the Hungarian state under the condition that the villa would house a museum of Eastern Asiatic arts. Hopp was an art collector, traveller and sponsor. His collection – the first European collection of Far Eastern artefacts – evolved from his Japanese, Chinese, Indian and Southeast Asian items. The Hopp Museum, named after him, was opened in 1923 in Budapest.

This volume is a homage to the founder, Ferenc Hopp. It discusses his life, the period he lived in and his activity, and summarises the history and composition of the Museum. The book has two parts and an Appendix.

Part 1 deals with Ferenc Hopp and the period he lived in; Part 2 describes his Asian collections, paying attention to the characteristics of art trade and the collection of European artefacts. The Appendix consists of Hopp Ferenc’s last will and a map of his travels. The DVD contains all his letters and The collection of studies consists of two parts and an Appendix.

Gyártó: Ferenc Hopp Museum of Eastern Asiatic Arts, Budapest
Szállítási díj: 1.500 Ft
Várható szállítás: 2023. június 02.


The studies in Part 1 discuss Ferenc Hopp and his era:

Györgyi Fajcsák offers a summary of the perception of the Far East in the period of the dual monarchy of Austria-Hungary and the key specificities of collecting Oriental rtefacts in Hungary.
Mária Ferenczy describes Hopp Ferenc’s career on the basis of the available written and visual sources.
András Nádasi outlines the history of the Calderoni company (the company that covered the expenses of collecting and travelling) and the history of the manufacturing of school equipment and instruments in Hungary.
Béla Kelényi guides the reader with the pictures displayed in the shop window of the shop of the Calderoni Company that used to stand in Váci Street, Budapest.
Károly Kincses in his study entitled “Hopp, the photographer” presents Ferenc Hopp as a Hungarian trader of tools of photography and an enthusiastic photographer.
János Kubassek gives an insight into Hopp Ferenc’s attitude to geography.
Eszter Gábor in her study “The Knorr, later Hopp villa at 103 Andrássy Street – the building” summarises the history of the building of the Ferenc Hopp Museum of Asiatic Arts.
Béla Kelényi in his study entitled A Hungarian mudra discusses the efforts made by later generations to construct Hopp’s tomb and commemorate him.

Part 2 deals with Ferenc Hopp’s collections.

The studies enlist the Japanese, Chinese, Indian and Southeast Asian artefacts and analyse their composition, while shedding light on certain characteristics of contemporary art trade and collecting Oriental artefacts.


ISBN 9789638754868
Borító Soft cover
Kiadás éve 2008
Kiadó Ferenc Hopp Museum of Eastern Asiatic Arts, Budapest
Múzeumi kollekciók Hopp Ferenc Múzeum
Nyelv English
Oldalszám és illusztrációk 59 pages with ample illustrations; with a DVD with colour illustrations
Szerkesztő(k) Györgyi Fajcsák, Zsuzsanna Renner