Gábor Gulyás, who was appointed to run the Műcsarnok contemporary art gallery last year, has resigned over a cabinet decision to grant consultation rights on artistic issues to the Hungarian Artistic Academy (MMA) from January 1.
The government decided last Wednesday to transfer ownership of the Műcsarnok and the Pesti Vigadó to the MMA.
The MMA is a conservative group founded in 1992 by associates of the late architect Imre Makovecz.
MMA leader György Fekete, 80, recently attacked the Műcsarnok, calling the show “What Is It to be Hungarian?” outrageous and describing the exhibition as “belonging to the category of national blasphemy”.
“As the change in the order of operation of the Műcsarnok does not enable me to continue my work independently, it is my moral duty to resign,” Gulyás said in a statement.
The culture state secretariat expressed regret at Gulyás’s decision and praised his work.