The Budapest Liget Project has contributed HUF 6 million worth of funding to restore the Komárno fortification system comprising of one-story high, Roman-style buildings with a history that dates back to the early 14th century.
The former fortification system will also be home to a yet to be built exhibition space housing a specialist collection owned by the Hungarian Museum of Fine Arts. Space will span across 7,000 square meters, allowing visitors to familiarize themselves with the development of craftsmanship over the past centuries. With families at the focal point of the events program, the complex will host a versatile range of interactive events, immersive exhibitions, and educational activities.
While the Komárno fortification system will open its doors in the Spring of 2020, members of the press were given the chance to explore the site and assess the remarkable changes taking place during the continuing construction process. In just two years, the area has undergone rapid transformations. Designed by Ybl Award-winner István Mányi, the visitor complex will unite the original style of the fortification system with the latest architectural trends.
From the Spring of 2020, visitors will be invited to catch sight of the important works of European art history, the replica of the Laocoön sculptures, Verocchio’s Bartolomeo Colleoni, Donatello’s Gattamelata, alongside Roman-era tombs and the Venus de Milo. Up until now, the expansive collection was housed at various art institutions across the country, with many works suffering serious damage due to frequent shipments or lack of care.
The new Komárno fortification complex will encompass an outside stage, a set of exhibits chronicling the history of the site, housed at the so-called Vienna Military Archives, alongside a projection room, a lecture theater, a cafe, kiosks, and a museum shop.