12 Walls

Exhibiting contemporary approaches
on Ornament, Decoration and Pattern

by Paradigma Ariadné | Veszprém, HU | exhibition| oct 2018

Arts at the turn of the century were greatly influenced by two terms, motif and ornament. The achievements of this period include Lajos Schoditsch’s Industrial School (later the Elementary School of Music) or, across the street, István Medgyaszay’s Petőfi Theater, a symbol of Veszprém today.
The two buildings now await renovation, and soon their histories will be even more interconnected, as the Industrial School will serve as office building for the theater. Prior to the renovation, there is an opportunity to reflect on the questions significant for Medgyaszay and the architects of his time, by investigating what ornaments and decoration mean for young architects today.In recent years, there is a novel interest in the ornament.

This tendency is apparent in the international scene of architecture both in individual productions and in so-far isolated discussions. Departing from its original notion, decoration is not a secondary or complementary function anymore, but an architectural quality.
Many emerging architects and studios are struggling to settle with the repeatedly omitted, yet constantly resurfacing ornament.

Presenting different approaches by young collectives, the works at the exhibition examine the current roles and boundaries of the ornament, by appropriating the late Industrial School’s empty, undecorated walls.
12, to be precise.

Opening speech:
Gyula Porga, Mayor of Veszprém Town

Dániel Kovács, Art Historian

The exhibition can be visited free of charge from Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm.


Architecture Uncomfortable Workshop, enorme studio, False Mirror Office, Adam Nathaniel Furman, Gyulai Levente, MNPL Workshop, O.K. (Office Kovacs),  Giacomo Pala, Paradigma Ariadné, Space Popular, TREES, VERY GOOD Office

Paradigma Ariadné and the Municipality of Veszprém Town of County Rank

Heléna Csóka, Dávid Smiló, Attila Róbert Csóka, Szabolcs Molnár

Dániel Kovács

Graphic Design:
Marcell Kazsik

Miklós Zsámboki

Graphic Production: