Saturday, 21 December 2013

Season's Greetings

With the snowy photo of Mother Earth in Budapest we would like to wish all our readers
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! 

Saturday, 12 October 2013

Autumn Exhibition in Mashiko

This autumn the Mashiko Wagner Nandor Exhibition will be held from 15th of October to 15th of November. The topic is to show the Hungarian period of the sculptor. More or less parallel the Szekesfehervar Exhibition is going on and photos from that exhibition will be displayed as well. 

Saturday, 21 September 2013

Hungarian Heritage Prize goes to Nándor Wagner

We have received a letter, which reads as follows:
"It is my pleasure to inform you that our Appraising Committee of Hungarian Heritage and Europe Society based on initiatives made by civilians has decided to grant


The Presentation Ceremony will be held at the Grand Assembly Hall of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences on Saturday 21st of September, 2013.

Dr. Hámori József

The moments of the Ceremony

 Ms. Chiyo Wagner, Mr. Mihály Pál sculptor and Ms. Réka Gabriella Kiss interpreter.
 Just a little chat with Mr. Sándor Kiss before the opening ceremony.
 The ceiling of the Grand Assembly Hall
 Appreciation speech by Mr. Mihály Pál sculptor who knew and visited
Nándor Wagner and his atelier in the 1950-ies
 Appreciation speech was supported by slide show. (watch it here, in Hungarian)
 The Hungarian Heritage Prize was presented by Dr. Annamária Zelényi Vice President
 Round of applause.
 Certificate of Merit reads:
"For his Statuary Integrating Cultures
Nándor Wagner sculptor
was honoured by
Hungarian Heritage Prize"
For sake of Memory
 Moments of happiness.
Ms. Chiyo Wagner and Professor József Hámori

Friday, 6 September 2013

"Wagner statue-artifact" in Székesfehérvár

King Saint Stephan Museum cordially invites you and your family to the opening ceremony of

"Wagner statue-artifact" in Székesfehérvár

Place: Székesfehérvár, Fő utca 6., Rendház – Saloon
Time: 17:00 on Sunday 22nd of September, 2013


  • Greetings: H.E. Tadamichi YAMAMOTO Ambassador of Japan
  • Opening address: Dr. András Cser-Palkovics Mayor of Székesfehérvár
  • Opening Lecture: Mr. Tibor Wehner Art Historian
  • Vocal music: Primavera Choir conducting Ms. Otttilia Horányi

The exhibition will remain open: from 10 am – 6pm from 22nd of September to 27th of October, 2013. Closed on every Monday and Tuesday.

Supporters: Academia Humana Foundation (Budapest) and Wagner Nándor Foundation (Mashiko, Japan)


After the war Wagner found employment at the Hungarian Natural History Museum as a forensic artist and taxidermist. During this work he demonstrated both proficiency and an authentic touch in setting the objects in natural positions. The newly organized National Committee for Museums and Monuments selected him as sculptor/designer, and he was later promoted to the post of exhibitions director in 1948. Under his guidance and with his participation, museums were refurbished after war damage and exhibitions were organized and opened in the cities of Hódmezővásárhely, Keszthely and Székesfehérvár. The latter exhibition, the “Permanent Exhibition of History, Natural Sciences and Ethnography of Fejér County,” was his own original creation. Here he broke from the traditional method of displaying items, instead applying a revolutionary visual approach by displaying objects in a reconstructed environment. His goal and work was supported by a team of internationally renowned specialists carefully selected for this project. However, his endeavour to produce a new kind of exhibition was not appreciated by his superiors at the National Committee and he was sacked from his position on the very opening day, 31 December 1950. He would never arrange another museum exhibition. However, in both content and method of display, the exhibition was outstanding, praised by even some of his angry bosses and by foreign museums including the British Museum. The visitor counter at the end of the first year reached 70,174. It would stay open for 11 years.

Nándor Wagner became an independent sculptor for the rest of his life. Nevertheless, he maintained good relations with his former colleagues in museums. He produced several outstanding statues in his Budapest atelier at the Ybl Bazaar, among them “Corpus Hungaricum,” which was unveiled in Székesfehérvár only in 1999. He also gave art courses to talented students who were refused entry to universities before the 1956 Revolution. He was elected as a board member of the Revolutionary Committee of Artists during the uprising, and worded his adherence to it thus: “We have only one oath: to protect Hungarian culture with all our strength, without any condition!” He called upon art students to take up drawing tools, not guns, in order to record the moments of revolution on the streets for the future. After the suppression of the Hungarian Revolution by the Soviet army, he was compelled to leave Hungary.

Luckily, half-finished and finished works from Wagner’s atelier were saved by his museum friends and deposited in a storeroom of the King Saint Stephen Museum in Székesfehérvár, which unfortunately later suffered severe flooding. For a long period it was believed that his saved art works had been lost, but in 2011 almost 50 items were found.

This year Székesfehérvár commemorates Saint Stephen, the first Hungarian king. On this occasion the chamber exhibition at King Saint Stephen Museum has been organized to display a bit of history as it relates to Nándor Wagner. Two of his achievements will be presented for the general public after sixty years; namely, his 1950 permanent exhibition and his saved art works.

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

8th Nándor Wagner Prize

This year's competition theme was stamp design showing the Hungarian Saints. Our competition has joined the events marking the St. Stephen Memorial Year in 2013. Among the Hungarian Saints King Ladislaus was strongly connected to Nagyvárad (Oradea). He was buried first in the Abbey of Somogyvár and later his remains were transferred to Minstrel of Nagyvárad, which he had founded.The students of graphic art at the Partium Christian University had a very strong competition as 51 students made entries, a new record.

The exhibition

At the eight competition for Nándor Wagner Prize the winners are: 1. Noémi Fazakas, 2. Attila Bende, 3. Szabolcs Zöld. Praiseworthy entries were made by: József Badon, Hédi Fekete, Márta Kubola, Roxana Nagy, Attila Sütő and Gréta Tusa.


2nd and 3rd Prize
The prizes were presented to the winners by
Sándor Kiss

Saturday, 15 June 2013

Album of his Works in Hungary

In order to utilize the web photo album technologies a small starting collection of Nándor Wagner's statues has been uploaded to Flickr.

Friday, 29 March 2013

Tapló - Indelicate Art Events Diary 1996-2006

Our foundation has supported a book project of Tibor Wehner art historian. He is a writer, a real penman who has been writing his diary since long. Now he selected his diary entries from the period 1996-2006. This important 10 year period is covering the change of Hungarian fine arts; how is our art reflecting the rocky road to free market economy? Mr. Wehner selected a sarcastic title Tapló to his 720 pages book. Tapló is a modified word of Napló which is Diary. Tapló has several meanings: touchwood, tinder, German tinder. The author giving this title implies to his critical touch of contemporary Hungarian art and art related events, with his frank and straightforward remarks. It is a pity that Tapló is in only Hungarian, because it is a essential source and reference book both for public and researchers. The book will be presented to the press and public in the Petőfi Literature Museum, on the 30th of April.

The publisher of the book is Enciklopédia Kiadó.

Friday, 1 March 2013

Max von Sydow

A statuete of Max von Sydow a Swedish actor sculpted by Nándor Wagner in 1962 was sold recently. Nándor in an answer to a journalist question, why he chose von Sydow as a model he said: because he is the best example of the meditative type. Because he has bearing and seriuosness. And because I admire him as an artist. 

"Max" Carl Adolf von Sydow was born to a wealthy family in Lund, Skåne. He has starred in many films and was partner of Ingmar Bergman and many others.

Thursday, 7 February 2013

Nándor Wagner Art Exhibition

It will be held at Székesfehérvár, from 22nd of September till 27th of October, this year.
We succeeded to agree with Szent István Museum, that the cca. 50 piece collection of Nándor Wagner's work will be exhibited with some more art and documents this autumn. The selection for exhibits has been going on just a little example have a look at the following terracotta piece.

Also we would like to show the activity of exhibition concept and arrangement of Nándor Wagner. He was the engine behind the standing Exhibition of Archaeological and Natural Science at the Museum of  Székesfehérvár. He completed his goal and the outstanding exhibition was on show for two decades, however he was dismissed from his position on the day of opening on 31st of December 1950. I was sacked he said sardonic and never arranged any similar exhibition.

Friday, 1 February 2013

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Under Hungarian Tax Law, taxpayers in Hungary may donate 1% of their 2012 paid taxes to civil organizations for charity or worthy cause of their free choice.
Academia Humana Foundation was established in 1999.
We take care of the cultural heritage of late sculptor Nándor Wagner who worked and created
in Hungary, Sweden and Japan respectively. We support the ongoing research of his life and art, arrange events and exhibitions, we publish our findings, support the art activity of young ones and local art circles, we help to learn more about Japan organizing national grammar school competition every 5 year,
and give financial support to book projects in conjunction with our goals.

Academia Humana Foundation is not involved in any political activity, her organization is independent of any political party, and does not support any political party or any of their activities.

Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Pictorial Review in Blog Format

For the sake of memory of sculptor Nándor Wagner the Pictorial Review was bringing news and photos of related events since 1999. Now taking the more developed functions of contemporary blog technology we have decided to pick up with times. The old published news of Academia Humana Foundation in Pictorial Review about Nándor Wagner, his works, related events will be transferred to this blog during the coming months.
Our goal is to bring more information in future and we do hope it will bring more and more interested visitors to our old home page and its new blog also titled Pictorial Review. We also hope it will help our ongoing research about Nándor Wagner's art and life in Hungary, Sweden and Japan respectively.

May we wish you a Happy New Year with the snowy statue Mother Earth in Sapporo!