[chapel project] [context 1966]
June 1966 - As an art student György Galántai happens upon a ruined and desolate church yard chapel at Balatonboglár. He makes up his mind to rent it as a studio so he calls on the local pastor Jenő Czövek who gives a warm welcome to the idea. (The following extracts are taken from the pastor’s letters.)
21 July 1966 -
"The local council supports your request and will assist you…
they want me to consult the diocese executive to Somogy county, as well."
21 December 1966
- "I too am concerned with hurrying the affair
along to settle the matter. [...] Please, let me know what your intention
is with the ruined chapel so that I can give a proper account of it and
nobody finds fault with it."
December 1966 - In his reply, Galántai puts down the major points of the future lease contract.
[chapel project] [context 1967]
1 March 1967
- The pastor asks the diocese authority of Veszprém to confirm
the lease of the chapel.
20 April 1967 - Pastor Jenő
Czövek informs Galántai about the reply of the diocese authority:
July 1967 - beginning of 1968 - Having cleaned up the chapel and its surroundings, and locked it up with an iron bar door Galántai takes out insurance on the chapel at the State Insurance Company in Fonyód. He makes plans for the further renovation of the chapel, prepares the ground-plan and section plan, as well as the plan of the interior of the chapel.
[chapel project] [context 1968]
25 February 1968
- The body of representatives to the Roman Catholic parish church of Balatonboglár
sign the lease contract, which pastor Jenő Czövek submits
to the diocese authority of Veszprém for confirmation.
15 March 1968 - The diocese
authority of Veszprém county confirm the lease contract.
April - July 1968 - Galántai obtains tools for the reconstruction work. He has the replacement window-panes and the new wooden entrance door transported from Budapest by rail. He has the leaking roof mended. For the wall of the chapel, he has a memorial tablet made which informs the visitor about the former and the future - art - function of the chapel in four languages.
[chapel project] [context 1969]
- Pastor Jenő Czövek informs Galántai in his letter
that the chapel has been vandalized: "Please,
let me know about your plans because you have not told me about them for
a long time. Everything has been broken open again, as well as my fence
which we had already mended twice. It is a disaster, we are really fed
up with it. And we do not receive any help."
(English translation by Ágnes Ivacs)