Endre Ady Memorial Museum Budapest – Budapest Back

Endre Ady Memorial Museum Budapest
Budapest

“After my father’s death I decided that, since it was now a practical possibility, I wouldn’t leave Ady any longer living amidst the vicissitudes of hotel life, but I’d organise an apartment for him. My father’s small flat in Veres Pálné Street was very convenient.”

 

Recollections of Csinszka, 1919-1923

 

 

“It’s not a big flat, but it’s comfortable, warm and it’s ours. It’s on the first floor, there’s electricity, gas, central heating and a lift. It’s right in the city centre, but nevertheless quiet. There’s a small entrance hall, three rooms, a bathroom, kitchen, pantry, servant’s room and a small balcony. It’s not too big, the rooms are rectangular in shape and not stuffy, and what I find truly enchanting is that the doors, windows and walls will be snow-white.

“For the hall I have devised some light wicker furnishings, two small easy chairs, a small round stool, a table with a lilac cretonne covering with a pretty, wallpaper-like, floral pattern and glass top, a mirror stand, also of wicker and covered with cretonne, and a hanging wicker lamp with lilac and yellow crêpe de Chine. There are lots of flowers, the telephone is here and the three pairs of glass doors plus the large double windows are decorated with yellow crêpe de Chine created by a woman who is an applied arts designer. The chairs have funny little peasant cushions and the floor is covered with a thick, plain rug. The colouring here will possibly be lilac and light yellow. I’m planning to turn the middle room into a small Biedermeier parlour like a dining room. White lawn, Richelieu curtains, an old bronze chandelier with six arms holding candles, a chest of drawers, on top two old silver girandoles and an old silver samovar. A beautiful little dresser, also ancient, an old mirror, a couple of little family pictures, and a glass cabinet for my steadily expanding collection of china. In the middle of the room a round table on one support and some splendid, old bentwood furniture from Poland which used to be my grandmother’s. I’d like to have it covered with pastel blue silk brocade, either plain or with tiny silver flowers. In Endre’s room there’ll be a fine old bed, a small dressing table, two wardrobes, a large couch with a Persian covering, numerous cushions, a large armchair, a beautiful writing desk and lots of bookshelves holding many colourful books. The curtains are white, patterned in the Kalotaszeg style. There’ll be no ceiling lighting here, only a one-arm candle holder attached to the wall by the dressing table and a nice old cloisonné lamp with a large shade in matt green on the writing desk. I think the colour here will be yellow with a bit of bronze and golden yellow. My room will be rose and lilac, that is to say mauve. It will have a large old bureau, with many drawers and space for papers, a large armchair with floral brocade, a small table, a large wardrobe, a dressing table with mirror and an old, huge double bed which can convert to a divan in the daytime, and lots and lots of coloured cushions. No ceiling light here either, just an old rococo standing lamp with a beautiful flowery shade. The curtains are white, patterned with lawn, broad, closely-worked, tiny filet and hand-made inlays. The walls have few pictures and there’s little silver or porcelain in the rooms. There are few carpets on the floors but they are nice and there are some beautiful handicraft items. The parquet floor has a thick, plain rug.”

 

Letter from Csinszka to Marika Baróti, 23 March 1917

 

The apartment became a museum in 1977. The rooms were transformed in such a way as to recreate the milieu of the time when Ady and Csinszka lived there. In the same year Imre Varga’s bronze memorial plaque featuring the head and shoulders of Ady was placed by the entrance to the building.