Whom would you have a coffee with if you could travel freely in time and space?

With Steve Jobs, when he was young...

With Audrey Hepburn.

EMŐKE: With Jesus.
TAMÁS: With Andy Warhol, at the Plaza Hotel in New York.

When I was 12 I would have liked to meet Mihály Munkácsy. Because he was the only one I knew. I would also love to meet László Mednyánszky, but of course, if he travelled to me through time, I think he would get a heart attack. And of course, it would be nice to meet a great many people.

The list would be quite long.
But rather than famous people, I would have a coffee with my father. I would tell him about my life.

I want to say Stravinsky, but I don’t think that would be much fun, so maybe a young educated women from ancient Greece? No coffee then though...

Good question. Freud. It would be an interesting conversation.

Jesus, Siddhartha and perhaps Gandhi.

With Buddha and Jesus.

It’s a tough question. It’s not easy to pick just one from all the brilliant people. Perhaps rum coffee with Judas?

Louise Bourgeois.

No one that comes to mind right now. There are obviously many such people. If I had something more to go by, then I am sure I could come up with quite a few. But right now there’s no one I could pick out.

With my great-grandfather, above all. He was a sculptor as well, the only artist in the family, Lajos Lukácsy.

KCsCs: Myself at age 18 to give some good advice. Or get some from my earlier self.
And my father. When we could have, we did not. A typical father-son story.
ZK: I would love to talk to, for instance, a famous actor or director from 100 years on but I’d be honoured to have a chat with Örkény or Ady.

Yes, there are some people who I would like to talk to. John Paul Jackson, he is very free, he is Christian, he is prophet. The way he sees God, the way he reads Bible, the way he explains things. He understands how to love God, he understands the strength of God. I would like to have a coffee with Peter Doig.

I am not very good at starting conversations, so I don’t want to give you big names. I’d have a sit down with myself from 20 years ago, quickly give him some tips to spare myself 10 years. Fellini, Tarr Béla. A great many of the painters. I’d really like to meet Fernand Léger, for example.

It would be nice to have a cup of coffee with Tom Yorke from Radiohead and discuss the truths of life.

With Ferenc Molnár at the Centrál café.

With Maynard James Keenan, the vocalist for Tool, although I think we would choose wine over coffee. (Editor’s note: Keenan owns wineries in Arizona.)

Jesus. And instead of coffee, I’d rather have tea. Or wine.

Nick Cave – but then he would need to make the coffee.

Krishnamurti would be one of them.

With Kassák. I’ve actually had one with him.

I have a great number of friends. I can say with confidence that I’m friends with those who are considered major artists in Hungary. I’m always happy to talk to them. It gives me pleasure if they contact or visit me.

Salvador Dali, Stanley Kubrick, Edith Piaf, Royal Tenenbaum and Jim Morrison – though instead of having coffee, I’d rather smoke a joint with Morrison.

I don’t know whether Raphael liked coffee or not. I find the period and masters of the early Renaissance such as Rogier van der Weyden very exciting, but also modern artists, though the list would be too long. Just to give you a few names: Josef Albers, Frank Stella, Peter Halley, Imi Knoebel and Sean Scully.

Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky, Bulgakov, Thomas Mann, Bunuel, etc – just to mention a few names.

With Jim Jarmusch because of his film Coffee and Cigarettes. Or the Sun King, for that matter.

There’s a friend of mine called László Láger. He’s my favourite person to have a coffee with. If the task is to name someone I’d like to have coffee with but it won’t happen, I’d say Ádám Bodor and György Kurtág. But let’s hope it will happen one day.

József: With Sándor Márai.
Ibolya: With Mrs. József E. Auguszt, the grandmother of my husband. I’d ask her about our common lives.

With Socrates, and with my father when he was twenty.

With a colleague of mine, Gyula Kovács, with whom I made most of my murals. He got me into the habit of drinking coffee. I have not drunk coffee since he passed away. We taught together at the College of Applied Arts.

Alexander Rodchenko, Jack Kerouac, István Vas and nobody else...

Reading Milarepa has been a major experience. Perhaps he would invite me for a cup of nettle tea in his cave...

Kundera. I’d ask him if he is happy, was happy. I’d also ask him if the many men and women he wrote about were fictitious. I would also like to talk to other authors.

With a local girl, of course.

Zsolt: Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, Martin L. Gore, Dave Gahan, Michael Schumacher and Jay Leno.
Donát: The two founders of the SANAA architectural firm: architects Sejima and Nishizawa.
Ákos: I think the people I idolised over the past 10 to 15 years are no longer idols in the same sense. They kind of ran out of steam. If I had to name someone, I’d say Rem Koolhaas, Herzog & de Meuron and some Japanese architects.

With my two sons and my father, because this has not happened yet. From a professional point of view, I would have loved to have a coffee with Tápies, but it never worked out.

With Lajos Parti Nagy [a Hungarian writer], for example.

Jack Nicholson, Petronius, Thomas Keller and David Lynch, but with him I’d rather have something other than coffee.

Ádám: A lot of people. I can’t really name anyone and of course there are language issues. How about Casanova, Borges, Michelangelo, Giacometti, Hemingway, Woody Allen, Penélope Cruz, Scarlett Johansson? I’ll stop there.
Sándor: With poet and writer György Faludi or with Leonardo da Vinci.
Tibor: With Tibor Várady, on 1 November 2012 at Arany János u. 15.
Orsolya: A cup of coffee with Frida Kahlo in her studio in Mexico would be lovely. And then Andy Warhol and Nico would enter... or a cup of coffee with the shopkeeper lady at the local grocer’s.

I’d love to have a chat with Paul Ricœur.

With anyone from the famous Hungarian literary journal Nyugat, and other prominent literary figures from Berzsenyi to Örkény. And also with Joyce and Hašek. Obviously with Hašek I’d drink more than just coffee. I could say these are my two favourite authors but it wouldn’t be fair because what about Thomas Mann, the great Russian and Czech authors and so on?

The first person that comes to my mind is Paul McCartney, but perhaps that’s simply we were discussing him in the car on the way here.

I’ve been fortunate to meet a lot people I’d never even have imagined meeting in my wildest dreams. At international exhibitions I have coffee with the most distinguished members of the profession. Among musicians, the most special person was Rostropovich, with whom I had the chance to spend a long evening in a small circle of people, telling anecdotes. I’m looking forward to what will come next.

For me, having coffee with someone is quite intimate. I’d only sit down and have a coffee with someone I know and like. Or with Virginia Woolf. Her books have a peculiar conversational mood.

My maternal grandfather, whom unfortunately I didn’t know personally, but I’m really curious about – all the more so because of his job. He used to be the director of the baths at Római-part. Since my childhood, I’ve speculated a lot about what life could have been like there.
And also the architects Alison and Peter Smithson, a married couple. Thanks to Károly Polónyi I was able to attend a short summer workshop with them at Lake Balaton, and then later visit them in London when one of my works was exhibited at the Royal Academy. They welcomed me most kindly, even though at the time I had no idea of the major role they played in contemporary architecture, probably because they weren’t dressed in black all the time. And in the early ’90s I couldn’t possible have imagined the impact they would have on the British architecture of the 2000s, especially on the work of Adam Caruso, Peter St John, Tony Fretton or David Adjaye.

David Lynch.

I’d like to have a conversation with Viktor Orbán.

Tim Burton, József Ruszt, Zoltán Imre, Viveca Abrahams and Friedensreich Hundertwasser.

It’s always a pleasure to spend time and chat with people who are interested in your work and with other artists. If I had to pick someone, then I’d say I’d love to have a conversation with Pierre Soulages.

If I could go back in time, I would love to discuss with Socrates the school he created that was based on morality and ethics. But since I can’t, I would have a coffee, or rather wine, a nice red wine, with an underworld figure with a real “honour among thieves” mentality.

There are many such people, but what holds me back is whether they would also want to.

With friends in general, and those friends in particular with whom the relationship has somewhat waned. Or with Frida Kahlo and a contemporary brilliant “nutcase”.

Fernando Pessoa.

I do that already with the people that I’d like to. And it would also be nice to have a drink and chat with Gábor Bódy.

ND: With my mother in her “kilim cafe” in the heavens.
GZ: With one of the guys from the Baroque era. For example, one of the French composers from the reign of Louis the Great, like Lully or Rameau, wearing their huge powdered wigs. I think that was the last point when everything was in harmony.

RF: There are a lot of people I’d enjoy talking to, but my first choice would have to be Paganini.

JN: My ancestors, my great great grandparents, my grandmother’s family... I would love to know where I come from, where my creative vein comes from.

With Milan Füst in the Spolarich café on József körút. Or with King Lajos II. before the Battle of Mohács. But with him I'd rather have a shot of something strong, rather than coffee.

With my father.

I talk to a lot of people. I do not miss anyone this way.

With my grandfather whom I never met.

I do not drink much coffee but I would love to have a chance sit down for a talk with Sting.

KI: With an artist from Paris in the 1920s. But I would rather go back to that age and live then.
NR: Oh, there are many! My Mom and Dad and my grandparents. I would ask them more questions now than I did when they were alive.
KS: Not long ago, I saw a Japanese female monk in a Zen monastery. But rather tea than coffee.

Spielberg, George Lucas, Woody Allan.

K: With Picasso any time.

I have a few friends with whom I always enjoy a wine spritzer.

CsH: With my Mom and with Lemmy (Motörhead)
TT: Kurt Cobain.

I would be scared to be disappointed. In my view, someone’s works tell everything that is important to me about that artist.

With my childhood friend: Ivan Mirkovic.

Peter Nadas.

Ho Si Minh.

I can’t name anybody. I have met many of the people that I find interesting. Right now, I really look forward to meeting Roman Polanski this spring.

(lots of names) Lajos Kassák, for example.

Angelina Jolie – but don’t write it down! (laughs). But I am sure it would be a woman, like Catherine Deneuve in her youth.

I don’t drink coffee. If I did, then now I would probably like to have it with Giorgione da Castelfranco. a painter of the Venice Renaissance.

Virginia Woolf, Marcus Aurelius, Umberto Eco, Alessandro Baricco.

With my father and mother.

Matisse, Richter, and a constructivist painter from 2100.

Interesting question! (smiles) My grandparents on my father’s side. I never met them but I have the feeling that I would have loved them and they would have loved me.

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