The statue titled Mother Earth - Boshizo-Furusato in Japanese was unveiled in the Maruyama Park in Sapporo. The unveiling ceremony was attended by a large crowd among them the leaders of the city and the school friends of Chiyo Wagner who helped to collect the funds to form the park and place the statue. The globular statue showing the mother with her baby in lovely embracing moment is in the center of a community space. The season's first snowfall arrived with 40 cm snow just the night before the ceremony. On this occassion Chiyo Wagner was decorated for her outstanding service.
18th of October 2011. 14:00-15:00 - Gellérthegy, Budapest
This day will bring the tenth anniversary of the unveiling the Garden of Philosophy in Budapest. We are looking to meet all interested ones for a friendly coming together on the Gellért Hill. If you have a story about Nándor Wagner or his art please tell us! We try to make the event livelier with 10 questions to be discussed on the spot. We would like to take photos and video for the sake of memory and for the 20th anniversary as well. See you there!
The Spring Exhibition was cancelled because of the damages caused by the March 11 earthquake. All damages have been repaired by now. The Autumn Exhibition in Wagner Nándor Art Gallery will show works of the Nándor Wagner sculptor and the works of landscape architect Mr. Kazuno who designed the placement of the Garden of Philosophy in Nakano ku, Tokyo.
The Hungarian National Mourning Day was remembered at Corpus Hungaricum for the 12th time. After the national anthem the historical flags were file in and program remembering of the 1849 events was performed by the pupils of the II. Rákóczi Ferenc elementary school. The wrenches were placed at live martial music. The wrench of the Academia Humana Foundation was placed by Chiyo Wagner founding president and Yasuko Ito wife of H.E. Mr. Ito Japanese Ambassador. The wrench of the Wagner Nándor Foundation was placed by Koji Akiyama and Norihiro Katada.
A commemorative evening for the tenth anniversary of unveiling of the Garden of Philosophy on Gellért Hill was held at Petőfi Literature Museum. Program: opening speech by H.E. Tetsuo Ito Ambassador of Japan; Tibor Wehner art historian talks about the recent results of Wagner researches; Sándor Kiss recalls the events at Garden of Philosophy. Videos about Nándor Wagner and the film of János GulyásCorpus Hungaricum will be shown. Closing words was told by Wagner Chiyo. (We had 120+ participants)
Garden of Philosophy the first 10 years (large ppt file)
The 3 member delegation from Japan visited Nándor Wagner's hometown Nagyvárad(Oradea), Romania today. A memorial event was held at his statue József Attila the poet. The event was attended by Vice Mayor Rozália Bíró and in her speech she emphesized the valuable contribution of the sculptor to the humankind. On the photo the Vice Mayor and Chiyo Wagner are posing after the wrenches of memory were placed. Lecture evening was organized about the life and works of Nándor Wagner and the Great Tohoku Earthquake.
This year's theme for competition theme was Castle of Nagyvárad (Oradea). At the sixth competition of the Partium Christian University for Wagner Nándor Prize the students of graphic art the winners are: 1. József Balázs, 2. Klaudia Kovács, 3. divided Nóra Lázár and Catalina Mos. Special recognition went to Noémi Fazekas.
The prizes were presented to the winners by Chiyo Wagner.
We have been searching for evidencies showing Nándor Wagner's activity in Hungary since long. Now we have found a pile of old photos taken by prof. Gyula László in the Saint Stephan Musaum in December, 1951. Here you can see sculptor Nándor Wagner as he is fixing demo fittings for ancient potteries found near Székesfehérvár.
The commemorative plaque at Nándor Wagner's house of birth in Ady Endre street, Oradea(Nagyvárad), Romania was covered by graffiti. The plaque was cleaned by the students of the Partium Christian University in due course.
According to the Japanese law the new economic year starts on 1st of April. The Wagner Nándor Foundation has begun her official operation in Mashiko. In spite of the earthquake damages the life should go on.
Academia Humana Foundation has joined the fund rasing events in Hungary. We have been active in donation, organizing events/lectures and collecting funds. The civil organizations already could collect over 10 million HUF, which has been used for school building reconstruction.
11th of March at 14:46 an earthquake intensity 6th (very strong) on the Japanese scale hit Mashiko
The Spring Exhibition, the first one organized by Wagner Nándor Foundation was cancelled due to the damages of the strong earthquake in Japan.
The almost five minute earthquake caused substantial damages to the city's ceramic industry and large volume of stock was broken in the shops. For the broken ceramic pieces the city allocated a dumping site.
In the buildings of the foundation there were some damages also. Among the art pieces one statue - Lao Tse - was fallen down, few terracotta were broken and the statue of Prince Shotoku turned with its massive pedestal together circa 15 degrees.
Our Foundation has organized an evening program at the Petőfi Literature Museum. Mr. Sandor Kiss president of the Foundation welcomed the participants and talked about the recent activities of our Foundation. The NHK video feature story of Mrs. Chiyo Wagner was shown. Mr. Tibor Wehner art historian talked about the recently discovered grave statue in Budapest. A documentary film made by Mr. János Gulyás titled Nándor Wagner's Swedish period about his standing statues there was shown.
So far unknown art piece of Nándor Wagner came in plaster to us. The Hungarian Dancers was made in Sweden most probably at the beginning of 1960-ies. The pulverulent relief was cast in bronze. Size 350x430 mm.
After a longer period of preparation the name of the TAO Foundation will be officially changed to Wagner Nándor Foundation from 1st of April this year. The foundation under the new name will continue all her activities.