Budapest offers many exhibitions, permanent or temporary, not to be missed during your stay. Discover our Top 10 exhibitions in Budapest!
1Highlights from the Collection of International Art after 1800
The exhibition includes a selection of works from the Museum of Fine Arts after 1800 that will integrate the new National Gallery in 2022.
The 19th century section includes the art of romanticism and symbolism with works by the greatest representatives of the French Impressionist era: Paul Cézanne, Camille Pissarro and Claude Monet can be admired alongside Austrian, German, Belgian and Scandinavians artists such as Franz von Lenbach, Wilhelm Leibl, Constantin Meunier, Akseli Gallen-Kallela.
The 20th century and contemporary sections are organized around the most important movements of modern international art: kinetic art, op art, geometric abstraction and are represented by works of major artists such as Günther Uecker, Victor Vasarely, Josef Albers, Peter Halley, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Erwin Wurm, Antoni Tàpies, Eduardo Chillida, Vera Molnar and Simon Hantaï.
2Robert Doisneau: From Paris to Palm Springs.
This superb exhibition takes place at the Hungarian House of Photography (Mai Manó Ház) in the centre of Pest until 10th of January 2021.
In 1960, the American magazine Fortune asked the French photographer Robert Doisneau (1912-1994) to report about the city born in the middle of the Californian desert: Palm Springs. The photographer created his own American dream there, not in black and white but in an explosion of colour. These images from the album, Palm Springs 1960, reveal a little-known side of this great photographer.
The exhibition “From Paris to Palm Springs” presents about a hundred original prints, famous images alongside images that the public has never seen, most of them selected from his studio and from important private collections in France. This vast selection, further enriched by documents and personal testimonies lovingly collected by the photographer’s daughter, offers us an up-to-date critical rereading of the work.
3Museum of Fine Arts – Ancient Egypt –
The renewed Egyptian exhibition of the Museum of Fine Arts (renovated in 2018) awaits visitors with numerous new artefacts and themes with a larger exhibition space. The ancient Egyptian world is presented in three thematic units: Temples – Gods; The Nile Valley – People; Tombs – The Dead. A new addition is the “Egyptian chamber of secrets”, where visitors can make numerous great discoveries and can learn exciting new facts.
Discover great permanent exhibitions:
European Art 1250–1600 – Rafaelo, Dürer, El Greco, Bruegel,…
European Sculptures 1350-1800 (Messerschimdt, Sansovino,..).
Art in Hungary 1600–1800 (Bogdány Jakab, Mányoki Ádam, Stranover Tóbiás,…).
Egyptian Art and Antiquities.
Address: Dózsa György út 41, XIVth district, Pest – website.
Open hours: Tuesday-Sunday: 10:00 to 18:00, closed on Mondays.
Temporary exhibitions: from 10:00 to 17:30. Ticket counter from 10:00 to 17:00.
4Hungarian National Gallery – exhibitions in Budapest
The Hungarian National Gallery is located in Buda Castle and houses the largest public collection of Hungarian fine arts. Its permanent exhibition traces the history of Hungarian art from its founding to today with many works by the most famous Hungarian painter, Mihály Munkácsy.
The National Gallery also houses works of Correggio, El Greco, Memling, Bruegel, Cranach, Van Dyck, Frans Hals, Bellotto, Gauguin, and Rodin, among others.
Temporary exhibitions are also scheduled (find programming on the dedicated website).
5Vasarely Museum – exhibitions in Budapest
Victor Vasarely (1906-1997), a Hungarian plastician and naturalized French in 1961, is recognized as the father of the optical school of Op Art. He developed his own style of geometric abstract art and also worked for many French companies including Renault on its logo:
He also is responsible for the famous facade of RTL studio, rue Bayard in Paris:
The Vasarely Museum in Budapest was renovated in 2017 and features more than 150 works.
6Ludwig Museum of Contemporary Arts
The Ludwig Museum offers contemporary and modern works of art including American Pop Art (Andy Warhol, Claes Oldenburg, Robert Rauschenberg, etc.) and also Central European artists with a focus on Hungarian art of the sixties to the present day. Temporary exhibitions are scheduled (find programming on the museum website).
7Photography exhibition ROBERT CAPA until 31 December 2020
The photography exhibition, ‘Robert Capa – The Correspondent‘, brings together 50 pictures of the famous Hungarian photographer: a selection of works that retraces his illustrious career as a witness of the great conflicts and events of the twentieth century.
8Museum House of Terror
The House of Terror museum, opened in 2002, traces the history of the Fascist and Communist regimes in Hungary in the 20th century through a reconstruction of events, places and the projection of documents. It was one of the most controversial museums in Budapest when it was inaugurated.
9Communist Statues Park – Memento Park
Located 10km south of Budapest, Memento Park is an open-air museum of some 40 communist-era statues in Budapest, which were brought together in this park in 1991.
Good Tip: The Memento Park organizes a bus transfer from downtown Budapest to the park (including return fare as well), followed by an informative tour conducted by an English-speaking guide (duration: 2.5 hours, 15€).
10Sean Scully: Passenger – A Retrospective – until 31 January 2021
Born in Dublin in 1945, Sean Scully moved to the United States in 1975. Internationally renowned, this naturalized American artist is recognized as one of today’s great painters, following in the footsteps of Rothko, Matisse or Cézanne, his masters.
Sean Scully has gained international recognition through important retrospectives in the world’s greatest museums: Frankfurt, Paris, Vienna, New York, Barcelona, Sao Paulo, Beijing, Munich,… His works are part of some of the most prestigious private and public collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Tate Gallery, the MNAM Centre Pompidou, the Guggenheim Museum in New York.
The Hungarian National Gallery located in Buda Castle presents until January 2021, the first retrospective in Central Europe of the work of Sean Scully, one of the most important contemporary representatives of abstract art.
11INTERACTIVE PINBALL EXHIBITION
Let’s get out of the classic exhibition scene in Budapest with a different kind of museum. Are you nostalgic for pinball machines? The pinball machines Museum in Budapest is the largest permanent pinball exhibition where you can try 140 machines!
Admission for 10 € (6 € for those under 27 and over 62) offers you unlimited games on the pinball machines of your choice!