This initiative aims to connect young Jews from Hungary to their heritage promoting
profound discussions regarding their Jewish/Hungarian identity, and to linkage their past,
present and future.
Art has always been a way for the Jewish people to tell their story, and Miksa Róth’s
(1865-1944) work is a perfect example of it. Róth was a Hungarian mosaicist and stained
glass artist responsible for making mosaic and stained-glass prominent art forms in
Hungarian art. He started his artistic career as an apprentice of his father and quickly
made a name for himself. At the early age of 20 years old, he started his own business
which lead him to make commissions for a number of buildings, largely in Budapest,
including the Hungarian Parliament Building and the Buda Castle. As his work became
renown around the world, he started making contributions outside Hungary reaching as
far as Mexico’s national theatre.
Miksa’s workshop was at what it is now Aurora, the centre of Marom Budapest. His work
and story are an opportunity to connect the past with the future, the local with the global.
It is a story that can connect the heritage of Hungarian Jewry, to strength the connection
of the younger generation to his heritage, to their Jewish roots and identity. It is also an
opportunity to take responsibility of our past making it visible to the larger community.
Culture in general and art in particular are core elements of Marom Budapest as a
profound aspect of their Jewish narrative.
Our volunteer program will be comprised of 3 elements:
1. Name the Synagogue at the center after Miksa Róth.
2. Create a website and tour in Budapest that will follow his art. The idea is to create QR
codes that people would be able to scan where there is an art piece by Miksa Róth to
read about the specific work. This require research, to choose the right place, write the
content be able to tell a story in different languages to also attract tourist.
3. Art workshop – we want local artist to run workshop where they talk about Miksa
Róth’s work, and also create arts that are modern interpretation of his work from a Jewish
and pluralistic perspective that could be displayed at Marom Budapest.
The goal is to have 25 participants in a 7 days project that will be dedicate to Miksa