Surrealism in the National Gallery (until October 20th)

There are only a few days left for Surrealist lovers in Budapest to enjoy an awesome exhibition currently on display in the National Gallery. Doesn’t it sound awesome to watch an exhibition in which you can see works made by Salvador Dalí, Max Ernst, Joan Miró, Yves Tanguy, René Magritte, Pablo Picasso and Francis Picabia? You have the chance for a couple of more days in the National Gallery in Budapest.

Surrealist creation from Salvadore Dali
Surrealist creation from Salvadore Dali

Budapest might not be the capital of art in Europe, but there are some really interesting exhibitions on display in the city currently. In the Museum of Fine Arts, you can learn more about Rembrandt and the influence he had on his pupils. But, I guess the large crowds will be much more interested in the surrealist temporary exhibition in the National Gallery which will remain available until October 20th.

And, because of the crowds expected in the gallery for the next couple of days, the National Gallery will extend their opening time for as many people as possible to be able to actually see the paintings on display.

The exhibition is dealing specifically with the year 1929, and it is subtitled “Crisis and Rebirth in 1929.” Besides showing paintings made by Dali and his colleagues, there will also be surrealist photography on display, where the photos were made by Man Ray and Brassaï.

Doesn’t this sound interesting?

The National Gallery is located in the castle building in Budapest (at the Buda hill). If you first visit the gallery, make sure to visit the dome as well and enjoy the stunning view towards the Danube. This is the best way to actually see the Buda Castle on the inside, so it is well worth the visit, even if you do not even care about the arts. But, to be honest, if you ever were to visit an art exhibition in Budapest, this might be one of the most interesting!

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Rembrandt and his pupils – an art exhibition in Budapest

Did you know that Rembrandt died 350 years ago (in 2019)? For that reason, lots of art museums bring extra focus on his name this year, and that is true for the Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest as well.

Those visiting the exhibition will be able to see works of Rembrandt, and next to his works, see the work of his pupils and thus discover the influence he had on them. The works are divided into the following categories: “Portrait, nude, landscape, figure sketch and narrative compositions.” As a result, you will not only see works of Rembrandt at this temporary exhibition, but you will also see works from some of Rembrandts pupils such as Ferdinand Bol, Gerbrand van den Eeckhout, Samuel van Hoogstraten.

The exhibition is curated by Bernadett Tóth, an art historian at the Museum of Fine Arts’ Department of Prints and Drawings.

The Mother of Rembrandt - a painting made by Gerrit Dou
The Mother of Rembrandt – a painting made by Gerrit Dou.

Rembrandt and his pupils
September 20th, 2019 – January 5th, 2020
Museum of Fine Arts

The museum is located at the magnificent Heroes square. This is a part of the City Park in Budapest, one of the most beautiful areas of the Hungarian capital. You can easily get to the exhibition using public transportation, and the easiest way is by using the yellow metro and travel to the stop named Hösök tere (Heroes square).

If you come in December 2019, do not forget to visit the fantastic Christmas markets in Budapest as well. They will open in November and remain open until January 1st in 2020.

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Picasso exhibition

Picasso exhibitionWant to take a look at the biggest Picasso exhibition on display in Hungary ever? Visit the National Gallery before July 31st.

The Museum of Fine Arts and the National Gallery are hosting this Picasso exhibition together, cooperating first of all with the Picasso museum in Paris. The exhibition opened on April 22nd and will be available until the last day of July. Here is some more information about the exhibition from the press release:

“Boasting a hundred paintings, drawings, sculptures and other artworks, this exhibition embraces every period of Picasso’s career, paying particular attention to one aspect of his ouvre: the constant transfigurations in his portrayal of the human figure. Most of the exhibited works have been generouslyloaned by the Musée national Picasso-Paris, which, with some 5000 works, preserves the largest Picasso collection in the world. The collection was bequeathed to the French state by the artist’s heirs, and contains works from every period of his activity, as well as 200,000 documents – letters, periodicals and photographs – from Picasso’s private archive.

The vast majority of the artworks on show – 74 in all – have come from the collection of the Musée national Picasso-Paris. These are supplemented by selected masterpieces kindly loaned by other major, global museums: The Israel Museum of Jerusalem, the Beyeler Foundation of Basel, the Kunstmuseum Bern, the Pushkin Museum of Moscow and the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart. Visitors can also see three paintings from the Ludwig Museum of Budapest, and an exquisite selection of etchings from the Collection of Prints and Drawings at the Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest.” (source)

Venue: National Gallery in Budapest

Dates: April 22nd – July 31st

This is a nice way to take a break if you are tired of watching the Euro 2016 matches in June and July, or if you are in town and watch all the matches outside on the Szabadsag square, but have some spare time in the middle of the day before all the matches start again in the evening.

Matthias church exhibition

Mattias churchThere will be a major exhibition on the history of the Matthias Church in Budapest in Budapest available until October 18th. The exhibition will take place in the Historical museum and in the Matthias church.

The Matthias Church is a Roman Catholic church located in the heart of the city in Buda’s Castle district right in front of the famous Fisherman’s Bastion. Matthias Church has a long history which dates back to the 13th century. During the centuries the church had a central role not only in the every day life of Buda but it gave home to the coronation of the Hungarian kings as well. At the exhibition visitors will have the chance to discover the rich history of the Matthias Church through the several exhibited objects, such as the furnitures, tools and clothes that were used in the Hungarian medieval era and visitors can also have a closer look on the secular importance of the church.

The exhibition on the history of Hungary and the Matthias Church will take place at the Matthias Church and the Budapest Historical Museum in Budapest which will be open until the 18th October 2015.

Budapest Historical Museum
Budapest, Szent György tér 2, 1014 Hungary

If you want to know more on exhibitions in Budapest, click here.

Museum of Fine Arts to close down for three years

Museum-of-Fine-Arts-BudapestThe Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest will be closed temporarily from the middle of February 2015 due to the renovations of the museum.

The museum will be closed from 15th February in 2015 and the reconstruction works will supposedly last three years, but in theory they plan to reopen the museum again in the summer of 2017. At the moment the Museum of Fine Arts only show three exhibitions to its visitors which includes the exhibition on Rembrandt which presents the most beautiful works of the artist.

The Museum of Fine Arts is located at Város Liget (City Park) in Budapest which is one of the largest green areas of the city. The City Park gives home to several attractions such as the zoo, the Szèchenyi bath or the Museum of Fine Arts. The Museum of Fine Arts is located just at the Hero Square which is one of the most famous spots in the city. The museum is a neo-Renaissance and neo-Classicist building which opened its gates the first time in 1906. The museum has a wide range of collections of the most outstanding artists including Rembrandt, Raffaello, Leonardo, Monet, Goya and Dürer so do not forget to check the museum out before it closes and keep it mind the next time in the summer of 2017 will be open again.

Museum of Fine Arts
Budapest, Dózsa György út 41, 1146

Alan Sonfist exhibition

The exhibition presents the works of the American artist Alan Sonfist for the first time in Budapest and it will be available until February 15th this year.

Alan Sonfist exhibition

Alan Sonfist is one of the first and also the leading artists of the movement called environmental, earth or land art. The American artists is one of the most outstanding artist of the land art and he became famous with his first work ‘Time Landscape’ which he created in New York, Manhattan. This year the ‘Time Landscape’ celebrates its 50th birthday and in this occasion visitors will have the chance to explore this new form of art in Budapest. At the exhibition visitors have the chance to discover more on the art of Alan Sonfist and to explore more on this form of art as well. Alan Sonfist in his art works he deals with the history of nature and the effect people had on the Earth through the years and centuries. At the exhibition visitors can see nature and art from a new perspective. This is the first exhibition held in central and eastern Europe of the work of Alan Sonfist. The exhibition will take place at the Museum of Fine Arts Budapest from 18th December in 2014 until 15th February in 2015.

For more information on the museum and other exhibitions there, visit the following page.

The friendship between Rippl-Rónai and Maillol

Rippl ROnaiThere will be a huge exhibition on the two artists Rippl-Rónai József and Aristide Maillol from the middle of December in 2014 in the National Gallery, located in the Buda Caste.

The exhibition will be held in the Hungarian capital in Budapest. Rippl-Rónai József was a Hungarian Post-Impressionist painter who was born in 1861 and died in 1927. He was one of the most influential Post-Impressionist artist of Hungary and he also had a great impact on the life of the art in Hungary. Aristide Maillol was a French sculptor, painter and printmaker. He was born in 1861 and he died in 1944 and he is one of the most outstanding sculptor of France.

The exhibition in Budapest will show the friendship and the art works of the two artists. The exhibition focuses on to reveal the secrets behind the friendship of Rippl-Rónai and Maillol through their master pieces. At the exhibition visitors can discover the artists most important art works and you will also have the chance to have a closer look on the most famous portrait of Rippl-Rónai of his friend Maillol. Apart from this at the exhibition there will be a wide range of various art works of the artists including several works of Maillol (sculptures, carpets, paintings and so on). There will be approximately 40 art works of the French sculptor at the exhibition. The exhibition on Maillol and Rippl-Rónai will take place at the Hungarian capital in Budapest at the Hungarian National Gallery. The exhibition can be seen from 17th December 2014 until 6th April in 2015.

For more information on other exhibitions and events in Budapest, click here.

Google Art Project at the Museum of Fine Arts

The Museum of Fine Arts is located in the capital of Hungary, Budapest and it was one of the first museums in Hungary that joined to this innovative and unique project to the Google Art Project in 2012.

Paul Cezanne in Museum of Fine Arts
Paul Cezanne in Museum of Fine Arts (this and lots of other pictures can be seen online)

The main goal of the Google Art Project is to bring closer the audience to the greatest master pieces of the museum. This new technique let everyone to discover more on the paintings and it makes it possible to check even the smallest details on the paintings. It is also important that with this new technique all the art works will be saved for the next generations. With the Google Art Project 30 art works of the museum will be available only with a few clicks from home. The new technique works just like the Google street view and it will open up new possibilities in the world of art and for everyone who is interested in art. On the art works with Google Art Project you can check all the small and hidden details which can not be seen otherwise.

Sounds cool, doesn’t it? Check it out right here! For more information on the museum itself and its temporary exhibitions, check this site.

For your information, the Museum of Applied Arts in Budapest is also a part of the Google Art Project, meaning that you can see more than 100 artifacts and pictures from the museum in the Google Art Project online as well!

Exhibition on Lechner Ödön

The exhibition on Lechner Ödön is shown in the capital of Hungary in Budapest from this November. At the exhibition, which is arranged in one of the masterpieces of the architect himself, you can get to know more about this building and other creations origining from the hand of Lechner Ödön.

Lechner Odon
One of the creations of Lechner Odon

Lechner was a Hungarian architect who was born in 1845 and he died in 1914. Lechner was part of the Hungarian Secession movement. The exhibition shows the greatest works of the Hungarian architecture through different pictures. The exhibition focuses on the most beautiful architectural works of him including the Kecskeméti City Hall, the parish church of Budapest Kőbánya, the Museum of Applied Arts, the Institute of Geology and the Postal Savings Bank. All of these are nominated for UNESCO. At the museum visitors also have the chance to see the original working drawings as well. The exhibition on Lechner Ödön is shown from 20th November 2014 until 31st May 2015.

The exhibition is held in Budapest at Museum of Applied Arts. The museum is open every day from Tuesday to Sunday from 10 in the morning until 6 in the evening. On Mondays the museum is closed.

Museum of Applied Arts
1091 Budapest Üllöi street 33-37. Hungary

For more information on the museums in Budapest and ongoing exhibitions, visit this site.

Immendorff. Long Live Painting – Exhibition

ImmendorffJörg Immendorff was one of the most outstanding contemporary German painters. He was born in 1945 and he died in 2007. Immendorff was also a sculptor, designer and art professor.

He is one of the most divisive painters of the post-war German artists and his paintings can not be classified into historical or other categories but on the other hand he is one of the most typical German painter not only because he was interested in the German political questions and issues but because in his paintings he adopted earlier German painting traditions from Otto Dix, George Grosz and Max Beckmann. On his paintings he used exultant colours and his vivid imaginary. The exhibition is mostly focused on the transformation he had through the years in his art works. The exhibition presents Immendorff works in a new way and visitors will have the chance to explore the development of the artist through his paintings. The main goal of the exhibition is to show the vivid colours he used on his paintings, the shades and the details. The exhibition will take place in the capital of Hungary in Budapest at the Museum of Fine Arts. It will be shown from 9th November 2014 until next year 15th February 2015.

If you want to know more on the exhibition and the museum, visit the official site.