On November 7th, 2015, the 7-year Székesfehérvár Művészete (The Art of Székesfehérvár) program kicked off with a keynote conference in the ceremonial hall at city hall. A total of forty-two archaeologists, art historians, professors, academics, historians and ethnographers were invited to the event, including historian Gábor Ujváry, the Subject Team Leader of the Miklós Horthy Era Research Team at the VERITAS Research Institute for History. There were four keynote lectures, with the participants afterwards providing their expert feedback to what they had heard.
The Art of Székesfehérvár project is a unique educational and social initiative that could serve as an example for the larger world, for the “City of Kings” (as Székesfehérvár is sometimes referred to) has set a goal of having its 1000-year history methodically reviewed by experts of their field, such as historians, art historians, archeologists, musicologists and ethnographers. The end result will be a series of exciting, easy-to-understand and state-of-the-art exhibitions taking place from 2017-2022 that highlight the experts’ findings and present Székesfehérvár’s history in four distinct subjects: the Middle Ages, the Turkish Era and Baroque Period, the 19th Century and the 20th Century.
At the inaugural conference, the local government of Székesfehervár signed collaborative agreements with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Székesfehérvár, the Szent István Király Museum, the City Gallery-Deák Collection, the City Archives and Research Institute, the Association for Székesfehérvár’s Tourism, Székesfehérvár Tourism Public Nonprofit Ltd. and Fehérvár Program Organizer Ltd. The project’s final year, 2022, has a symbolic meaning as well, for that year will be the 800th anniversary of the issuing of the Golden Bull of 1222 by King Andrew II.