Budapest offers many exhibitions, permanent or temporary, not to be missed during your stay. Discover our Top 10 exhibitions in Budapest for the first semester 2019!
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.
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.
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.
Permanent exhibitions in Budapest: Egyptian Art, Classical Antiquities. European Art 1250-1600, European Sculptures 1350-1800, Art in Hungary: 1600-1800.
3Hungarian National Gallery
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).
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 by the noted Hungarian artist.
Address: Szentlelek tér 6, IIIrd district, Buda – plan – website
Open hours: 10:00 to 18:00 from Tuesday to Sunday.
5Ludwig 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).
6Photography exhibition ROBERT CAPA – until July 31th, 2019
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.
7Museum 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.
8Communist 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.
9‘Small Stories’ EXHIBITION by David Lynch – March 1. – June 2.
The photography exhibition of the American filmmaker David Lynch arrives in Budapest : the surreal images based on photo montages, nightmarish underworld of amorphous creatures as well as reinterpreted portraits and, making up a universe well known from Lynch’s cinema (‘Mulholland Drive’, ‘Elephant Man’, ‘Blue Velvet’, ‘Twin Peaks’).
10INTERACTIVE 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!
This article on the exhibitions in Budapest is regularly updated, but do not hesitate to check the open hours on the websites of the exhibitors to avoid any unforeseen surprises (public holidays, private events…).