- Berlin, Germany
Art historian. Graduated from the Art History and History departments of Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE) in 1983. Between 1983 and 1984, she served as art referent at Generalart state company. Between 1984 and 1986, she served as curator at the Gallery of Szombathely, and she was a cofounder of its contemporary collection. Together with her husband, art historian Ferenc Tóth, she initiated the expansion of the contemporary collection of the newly founded Gallery in a rather unusual way: they focused on the frontiers of art, visual poetry, experimental works, performance documentation, and video art, and they cooperated with the cultural scene in Graz and also worked together with domestic institutions.
Up until the official opening of the Gallery, these kinds of activities were encouraged by the director of the Savaria Museum. In 1985, György Aczél, a member of the Central Committee and a major politician in cultural affairs, inaugurated the building and the exhibitions. Previously, his secretariat had received a list of the works which would be on display and had ordered the removal of two works (a work by András Wahorn and a work by György Galántai, to avantgarde artists). Following the opening of the Gallery, the director of the Savaria Museum moved to Budapest and Marianna Mayer was sent to the textile collection of the museum. As a follow-up, between 1986 and 1988 she worked at the Soros Foundation Art Documentation Centre; the since 1988, she has served as a curator at Kunsthalle Budapest.She has organizes exhibitions since 1983 and has edited the accompanying publications. She is also the author of a monograph on Salvador Dali (Tóth Könyvkiadó, Budapest, 2006). Her main research field is 20th and 21st century Hungarian and international art, and she has published in this area in the journals Artmagazin, IPM and Figyelő.
László Maácz was born in 1929 in Endrőd (Hungary) and died in 2014 in Budapest. He pursued studies at Eötvös Lorand University in Budapest and graduated with a degree in museology in 1953. In 1952, he began working at the Museum of Ethnography.
In 1953, he also began working as an ethnographer at the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble, and he later became an associate of the Ministry of Culture. He became the editor of the periodical Táncművészet (The Art of Dance) in 1976. His papers and works were published in the journals Ethnographia (Ethnography), Táncművészeti Értesítő (Dance Art Review), Táncművészet (Dance Art), Muzsika (Music), and Tánctudományi Tanulmányok (Dance Studies).
His research areas included folk dance, folk music, and the history of folk dance, and he also wrote critical reviews.He started to make films on folk dance with György Martin in 1952. He collected folk dances in Vésztő, Bélmegyer, Ecsegfalva, Hunyán, and Szeghalom, and he began collecting Roma dances in Szarvas, Sarkad, Békéscsaba.
Karel Mašita, a musician and journalist, was born on 5 April 1948. During the 1960s, he was the leader of a band called The Flowers Childrens (sic) which was banned in 1968. He was sentenced (imprisonment, forced psychiatric treatment, protective surveillance) several times during the 1970s and 1980s for the social offence of “social parasitism” because he wanted to work as a musician but did not have the necessary licence or a long-term stable job. He was a member of the Jazz Section and became a legal representative of Artfórum, the successor to the Jazz Section, in the 1990s. He was fully vindicated and, thanks to him, many of the materials relating to the activities of JS which were confiscated during house searches were returned to their owners during the 1990s. Mašita died on 3 December 2007 in Příbram.
- Praha, Prague, Czech Republic
Frances Meacham was an English nurse. During the Second World War, she served as a midwife in Bushey, England, where she met Štěpánka Kozelková, a wife of a Czech airman in the Royal Air Force (RAF). Frances and Štěpánka became close friends. After the war, Frances Meacham visited Štěpánka, who lived with her family in Czechoslovakia, several times. During her visit to Brno in 1977, she came to hear about Czech poet Ivan Blatný, who, at that time, was living in a psychiatric clinic in Ipswich. She also met Blatný’s cousin Jan Šmarda and his friend, poet Vladimír Bařina. After her return to England, she started to regularly visit Blatný and collect his manuscripts. Thus, thank to Frances Meacham, many of Blatný’s papers written in exile were preserved.
- Wielka Brytania