The Museum of Applied Arts in Budapest presents "Lilies Sprung upon a Barren Rock": Hungarian Art Nouveau Furniture Designers, an exhibition on Art Nouveau furniture (1896-1914) beginning with Hungarian Art Nouveau and including the most important designers of Ödön Lechner's style. His designs for the museum's original furnishings can be seen, along with armchairs designed by Marcell Komor for the city hall of Subotica and outstanding furniture designs that Ödön Faragó created for Queen Elizabeth's "Garden Room" in Buda Castle.
Many Hungarian Art Nouveau designers were in tune with the New Style's international trends and works by Frigyes Spiegel, Pál Horti, József Rippl-Rónai or unknown Hungarian masters show the influence of French Art Nouveau, German Jugendstil, Viennese Secession and British Arts & Crafts. The museum also commemorates the Gödöll? Arts & Crafts Workshop, with its principal figures and followers - Ede Toroczkai Wigand, Aladár Körösf?i Kriesch, Béla Pálinkás or Károly Kós - committed to finding a "pure source", which they discovered by investigating folk art, thus a national style appeared more faithfully in their works than in Lechner's art.
The museum ends with the precursors of trends between the two World Wars, with late Art Nouveau designers preceding Art Deco and other modern movements, highlighted by the art of Béla Lajta, who designed the furniture for the Bard Music Store in Hungarian Art Nouveau style, chairs for the Institute of the Blind using forms from Hungarian folk art, and the Vas Street Trade School in his own style, which was already leaning towards Art Deco. Pieces by Lajos Kozma, József Vágó, Miklós Menyhért or Dénes Györgyi also show the characteristic features of late Art Nouveau.
The exhibition includes about 100 pieces of furniture from Hungarian and foreign museums and private collections, as well as 120 archival photos, plans and drawings.