An exhibition with paintings depicting Liszt was inaugurated in the Atrium of the main building of the Liszt Academy of Music on 5 January. Reiner Grunwald, the Bavarian painter in cooperation with the Liszt Society of Schillingsfürst has been working on the portrayal of Liszt, his family and some of his friends. The painter uses aquarelle and acrylic techniques. Schillingsfürst, with the support of Prince Constantin Fürst zu Hohenlohe-Schillingsfürst puts a great effort in taking care of the Liszt heritage. For instance they organize a week-long masterclass and festival in honor of Liszt every summer. Cardinal Gustave Hohenlohe who lived in the castle in the 19th century hosted Liszt several times at the beginning of the 1870s. The composer’s room serves today as a memorial room open to visitors. A Liszt statue was erected in the garden of the castle in 1884 during the composer’s lifetime.
The exhibition is the 2019 opening event of the series of international meetings of the Liszt Museums. On the opening ceremony Prince Schillingsfürst talked about the family ties between Liszt and the Hohenlohe family and the importance of Schillingsfürst; Hans Emmert, the main organizer of the local Liszt Society introduced the artist, presented his works and expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to exhibit the paintings in one of the most beautiful buildings of Budapest. Zsuzsanna Domokos, director of the Liszt Ferenc Memorial Museum and organizer of the exhibition recalled how the idea of the program was born and thanked the President and Vice President of the Academy of Music for their support of the international cooperation of the Liszt Museums from the very start. After the opening speeches Reiner Grunwald, the artist talked shortly about his works. Manfred Fuchs, the president of the Liszt Society in Raiding, and his wife also attended the event giving emphasis to the expansion of the international relationships between the Liszt Museums. The Academy of Music was represented by Dr. Andrea Vigh, President of the Academy of Music, Gyula Fekete, Vice President of Academic and International Affairs, several professors and colleagues of the University. The exhibition is open to the public till the end of February 2019 in the Atrium of the Academy of Music.