MIHÁLY MŐCSÉNYI Garden Art and Garden History 2nd Conference 30 September - 1 October 2021

MIHÁLY MŐCSÉNYI Garden Art and Garden History 2nd Conference 30 September - 1 October 2021

MIHÁLY MŐCSÉNYI Garden Art and Garden History International Workshop and Conference Series

2nd Conference 30 September– 1 October 2021

Palace Esterházy, Fertőd, Hungary


Hosted by: Eszterháza Cultural, Research and Festival Centre Nonprofit Ltd.

represented by: Katalin Egresitsné Firtl, Managing Director

Department of Garden Art and Landscape Techniques, Institute of Landscape Architecture, Urban Planning and Garden Art at Hungarian University of Agriculture and Life Sciences (MATE)

represented by: Albert Fekete, Head of Institute

IFLA Europe is delighted to support the 2nd Conference MIHÁLY MŐCSÉNYI Garden Art and Garden History which is taking place 30 September to 1 October 2021.

Within the framework of the first conference, the focus was mainly on Eszterháza’s past, present and domestic and international significance. Doe to the epidemic situation and travel restrictions, foreign speakers were not invited. However, the plan is to create a cultural, artistic and scientific centre between the West and the East
in the coming years, getting to know each other’s values, tasks and results in the field of landscaping and gardening.

In the coming years, as a forum for dialogues between theoretical and methodological issues, research, the restoration of historical gardens and the dialogue between practitioners of the theory, practice and maintenance, the garden art and history workshop will reflect on current social and touristic positions in domestic and international contexts. The organiser would also like to make room for the topics of today’s connecting areas between horticulture and other branches of art.

Lectures on scientific events will be published in a conference publication. The even is accompanied by cultural programmes and art events.

The goal is for the rich heritage, historical legacy and research results of the past and present of Hungarian horticulture to gain appropriate publicity and for this heritage to appear in a dignified manner in both Hungarian and international professional scene.

It is the intention of the organiser that Hungarian art and cultural history should once again occupy a prestigious place in everyday life, worthy of the historical traditions of Hungarian garden art and garden history.

It is an invitation to all who would like to embark on this collaborative workshop!


Thursday, 30th September 2021. - Orangerie, Esterházy Palace

09:00 Registration

10:00 Welcome Speeches

Katalin Egresitsné Firtl welcomes the Participants on behalf of the Host

Zsolt Füleky, Under-Secretery of State for Architecture, Construction and Heritage

Csaba Káel, Government Commissioner, CEO of Müpa Budapest

10:45 Opening and Commemoration of Mihály Mőcsényi

Ágnes Herczeg, Mőcsényi Mihály-Award-Winning Landscape Architect, Institute of Landscape Architecture, Department of Garden Art and Landscape Design, MATE

11:00 Russian-Hungarian Collaboration and the Role of Mihály Mőcsényi

Taissia Volftrub, Delegate of Association of Landscape Architects of Russia (ALAROS)

11:30 Management of Garden Heritage in Hungary: Baroque Gardens - Conserving our Heritage Éva Szikra, Landscape Architect and Garden Historian, ICOMOS MNB Historic Gardens Committee 12:10 Coffee break

12:30 From Average to Exceptional: Hungarian Baroque Garden Art and its Eras

Kristóf Fatsar, Landscape Architect and Garden Historian, Department of Architecture and Landscape, Kingston University London

13:10 The History of Baroque Gardens in Slovakia and the Legacy of the Bratislava Castle Garden

Attila Tóth, Associate Professor, Department of Garden and Landscape Architecture, Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra

13:50 Lunch break

14:50 Baroque Garden Art in Transylvania

Albert Fekete, Professor, Head of Institute of Landscape Architecture, Urban Planning and Garden Art MATE

15:30 The Transformation of “Giardino Italiano” from Renaissance to Baroque Regional Specificities: the Veneto Region

Antonella Pietrogrande, Coordinator of the Historical Garden Group, University of Padua 16:10 The Scottish Historical Landscape from the 1690s to 1730s: Sources and Evidence Margaret Stewart, Associate Professor, Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh 16:50 Coffee break

17:10 Flower Garden in Kroměříž, History and Present

Michaela Letá, Landscape Architect, Methodical Center of Garden Culture, National Monuments Institute, Czech Republic

17:50 Cultivating and Conserving a Baroque Garden: Where are the Tools, Machines and Materials? The Example of Potager du Roi of Versailles (1673-2021)

Antoine Jacobson, Deputy Director in Charge, Potager du Roi of Versailles

18:40 Concert in the Apollo Hall of the Palace

Wespa Quartett: Wolfgang Göllner, Anett Árvayné Nezvald, Péter Kóczán, Marcell Vámos

Friday, 1st October 2021. - Orangerie, Esterházy Palace

9:30 The Baroque Garden in Wilanów - its Form, Restoration’s History and perspectives

Łukasz Przybylak, Specialist in Conservation and Restoration of Historical Gardens, Historian of Garden Art, Landscape Architect

10:10 The Revitalisation and Preservation of Baroque Gardens – an Experience Report about Garden Monument Preservation Projects in Austria and Germany

Brigitte Mang, Executive Board and Director, Kulturstiftung Dessau-Wörlitz

10:50 Belvedere Gardens in Vienna’s Historic Centre - Issues of Restoration and Maintenance in the World Heritage Site 1990-2020

Maria Auböck, Tenure Professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich, Institute for Design of Outdoor Spaces, Head of Auböck + Kárász Landscape Architecture Studio

János Kárász, Landscape Architect, Head of Auböck + Kárász Landscape Architecture Studio 11:30 Coffee break

11:50 Citrus Culture and Aviaries in German Baroque Gardens

Iris Lauterbach, Honorary Professor, Department of Architecture, Technical University of Munich 12:30 Restoration of Separate Areas of Peterhof Baroque Gardens - Difficulties and Solutions

Olga Volkova, Expert in Research and Protection of Pavlovsk Park, Former Leading Expert in Landscape Architecture in Peterhof State Museum Reserve

13:10 Baroque Gardens of Russia in the European Context: Epochs and Personalities Boris Sokolov, Professor, Art History Department, Russian State University for the Humanities, Moscow 13:50 Lunch break

14:50 The Baroque as Design Approach; Past, Present, Future

Martin van den Toorn, Professor, Faculty of Architecture, Delft University of Technology

15:30 Dézallier d’Argenville’s La Théorie et la Pratique du Jardinage, a Manual for the Restoration of Gardens à la Française

Mónica Luengo Anón, Art Historian and Landscape Architect, Vice president of ICOMOS Spain

16:10 The Royal Villa of Queluz: Arts and Expertise for Court Entertainment or Power Show?

Ana Duarte Rodrigues, Professor of History of Science, Department of History and Philosophy of Science, Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon

16:50 Conference Summary

17:10 Walk in the Garden


A horticultural engineer, landscape architect and university professor, MIHÁLY MÖCSÉNYI was born in 1919 in Möcsény. He was a pioneer in the education of landscape planning and landscape planning in Hungary and was the founder of the independent Faculty of Landscape Architecture, Protection and Development.

Thanks to his versatile knowledge, he has gained international recognition for his work. In the 1970s, he was a member and then Vice President of International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA). In 1984, he organised the IFLA’s World Congress in Hungary and in 1986 he was elected President of IFLA. He received the highest Hungarian government honour, the Kossuth and Széchenyi awards as well as the most prestigious world recognition in landscape architecture the Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Award.

One of his passions was Eszterháza – he researched this baroque castle, garden and landscape complex for seventy years. He summarised the results in his book ‘Eszterháza in White and Black” which was published in 1998. In 2016, the Eszterháza Cultural, Research and Festival Centre Public Benefit Non-profit Ltd. Published his second book entitled “The Epochs of Eszterháza” in Hungarian, German, English and French.

Möcsényi died on 14 September 2017 at the age of 97, in Balatongyörök just before his book launch.

Eszterháza palace, park and landscape complex

“What the emperor cando, I can do too!” In the spirit of this idea, Prince Miklos “Fényes” Eszterházy built Hungary’s largest and most luxurious ensemble of Baroque-Rococo castles and gardens in the wildlife-rich region of Lake Neusiedl. From 1762 until his death in 1790, the prince was continuously creating his residence, worthy of any royal courts. The large-scale ensemble, using the former renaissance hunting lodge and hunter of the Kanizsa and then Nadasdy families. The castle construction to its present form begain in 1720 by Jozsef Eszterhazy and it was finished between 1762-1784 in baroque, rococo and Zopfstil style. Grandiose celebrations were part of everyday life in the court. Jofeph Haydn lived and composed here for 29 years as a court musician for Miklos Eszterhazy Fényes. In addition to the high-ranking families of the period, Empress Maria Theresa was one of the many highly esteemed guests visited here.

Cooperating Organizations

Eszterháza Cultural, Research and Festival Centre Nonprofit Ltd.

Institute of Landscape Architecture, Urban Planning and Garden Art,

Hungarian University of Agriculture and Life Sciences (MATE)

Ormos Imre Foundation

Hungarian Association of Landscape Architects (MTSZ)

Scientific Committee, Hungarian Academy of Sciences (MTA)

Hungarian Horticultural Heritage Foundation (MKA)

Ars Topia Foundation

Pagony Landscape Architecture Studio

IFLA Europe - European Region of International Federation of Landscape Architects

IFLA Europe
VESTRE Hunter Industries

IFLA Europe

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