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In Circulation: Maria Jeglińska
22 March – 9 June 2019

In Circulation

Reflections of Contemporary Designers on the Collection of the Museum of Applied Arts
The In Circulation exhibition series was launched by the Contemporary Design Department of the Museum of Applied Arts.

During the period of the reconstruction of the museum’s main building on Üllői út [Road], it is especially important that we keep the pieces of the collection in circulation. In the framework of our series entitled In Circulation, we have invited contemporary designers, once they have become acquainted with the museum’s internationally unparalleled rich collection, to select an object or ensemble of objects that inspires their own work, and to create something of their own design that reflects upon it. The design object(s) born from the inspiration of the museum’s collection will also become a part of the collection, which will also provide the opportunity for further relations and exhibitions.

The film presenting the design as thought process is at least as important as the exhibition objects, as it offers the viewer a glimpse behind the wings.

The series was launched in 2018 with the exhibition of Artista Studio, in the framework of which the museum’s collection was enriched with three unique Artista outfits and their matching accessories.

The second exhibitor of the series is Polish designer, Maria Jeglińska, who took as her source of inspiration an armchair designed by Sándor Mikó in 1969. The armchair was a piece of the furnishings of the You + Me espresso bar.

Maria Jeglińska

Maria Jeglińska was born in Fontainebleau (France) in 1983. In 2010 she established her Office for Design & Research in London. She graduated from ECAL’s (Lausanne, CH) industrial design course in 2007, and was awarded a scholarship from the IKEA Foundation, that led her to work for Galerie kreo in Paris, Konstantin Grcic in Munich, and Alexander Taylor in London.

She works on a wide range of commissions: industrial design projects, exhibition design, as well as research-based projects. She is convinced that in today’s world, research can trigger and generate new forms of possibilities and solutions. Her clients include: Ligne Roset, Kvadrat, Actus, Vitra, 1882ltd, the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, and the St Etienne Design Biennial.

Her work is regularly exhibited internationally, and was shown at: the Villa Noailles, Aram Gallery, Barbican Art Gallery, Centre Pompidou Metz, and the Milan Triennial.

In October 2012, she curated and designed: Ways Of Seeing/Sitting at the Łódź Design Festival in Poland. She was also the co-curator and designer of the Polish Pavilion at the London Design Biennial in September 2016. In 2018, she was appointed creative director of the Arena Design Fair in Poland.

Curators: Judit Horváth, PhD, Head of Department, Contemporary Design Department, Museum of Applied Arts, Budapest; and Agnieszka Jacobson-Cielecka, PhD, design curator, Program Director at School of Form, SWPS University, Poland
Co-curators: Melinda Farkasdy and Rita Komporday, Contemporary Design Department, Museum of Applied Arts, Budapest


The project is co-organised by the Museum of Applied Arts, Budapest and Adam Mickiewicz Institute as part of POLSKA 100, the international cultural programme accompanying the centenary of Poland regaining independence.
Financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland as part of the multi-annual programme NIEPODLEGŁA 2017–2022.
Additional support: Polish Institute, Budapest


11 April 2019, 6-7pm
On the International Day of Poetry, mathematician Gergő Pintér is in conversation with the staff of the Contemporary Design Department of the Museum of Applied Arts on the poetry inherent in mathematics and design.
Official programme of Budapest Art Week.

16 May 2019, 6-7pm
Space/Time Interface: What was the atmosphere of cafés in Warsaw and Budapest? How does this world live on in contemporary design?
Guest speakers: art historian Krisztina Jerger, café historian Gyula Zeke
The conversation is moderated by: Judit Horváth, PhD, Head of Department, Contemporary Design Department

23 May 2019, 6-7pm
Father and Son – Architecture and Design
Maria Jeglińska, current exhibitor of the In Circulation exhibition series, created her own design, as inspired by the armchair designed by Sándor Mikó (1927-2014), which served as a piece of the furnishings of the former You + Me espresso bar. The son of Sándor Mikó, architect László Mikó, is in conversation with the staff of the Contemporary Design Department.

25 May 2019, 10am – 4pm
Magical musical family picnic in the garden

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