Almásy-Wenckheim Castle, Gyula
What could be a better setting for a historical drama than a castle of medieval origin, restored to its period of fin de siècle? The Almásy-Wenckheim Castle in Gyula now houses an exhibition on everyday life and holidays of the aristocracy and their servants, giving an insight behind the spectacular scenes of a nobleman’s home.
World War II and the abolishment of nobility in Hungary afterwards had destroyed most of its precious material past and left monumental buildings to decay due to misuse or deliberate neglect to its values. Delicate restoration had to be conducted in order to recover all that remained. Tribute is paid to the architectural historical past: its highlight is the visible excavation of medieval kitchen.
The result is a highly interactive exhibition that reflects on the grandeur and also the necessities of this exalted state. Exteriors as well as interiors are restored and express luxury with application of a contemporary language, using extravagant lights and showcases connecting the classiness of the past to the sensual beauty of the present.