REVIEW: Sigismundus Rex et Imperator. Kunst und Kultur zur Zeit Sigismunds von Luxemburg, 1387-1437: Ausstellungskatalog.
Gruia, Ana Maria
Studia Patzinaka, 3, 2006, pp. 73-75
It has been said that nowadays, in order for a cultural project to succeed, it has to be big. Well, this is surely the case with the Sigismundus project. The Sigismundus. Art and Culture in the Time of Sigismund of Luxemburg (1387-1437) took around ten years to be achieved. The entire effort was supported by the Hungarian and Luxembourg heads of states, it received funds from the respective governments and had the blessing of high church officials. The project mainly consisted of an international conference (Luxembourg, June 2005), an extensive international exhibition displayed both in Budapest (Museum of Fine Arts, March-June 2006) and Luxembourg (National Art History Museum, July-October 2006) and of a series of publications in a number of languages. But it also involved several restoration works (like the bust reliquary of St. Ladislas or several sculptures from the Brukenthal Museum in Sibiu), loans from Museums in twenty countries and the creation of a website containing all the details and an index of the items in the exhibition, with good quality images (see: www.sigismundus.hu). The publications related to this project display the same luxurious characteristics. The first is the Sigismundus Rex et Imperator. Kunst und Kultur Sigismunds von Luxemburg, 1387-1437 Edited by Imre Takács and published at Mainz (Philipp von Zabern, 2006). This is an exhibition catalogue, comprising over 700 pages and 1000 high quality reproductions. It is available in German, Hungarian and French editions.