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Judit Reigl Dance of Death
Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest, Michelangelo Hall
26 May 3 September 2023

“I visited the Museum of Fine Arts every single day. Come to think of it, I was already one with the craft in my teens, I saw and tried everything. I am in intimate dialogue with the old masters…I regard them as gifts, heaven-sent. Evoking the old masters solved my painterly problems. I didn’t have to look back at the past, I could look into myself …”

(Judit Reigl)

Celebrating the centenary of Judit Reigl’s (1923–2020) birth, the Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest, presents an important exhibition of rarely seen work by one of the most original figures to emerge in European art after World War II. Judit Reigl Dance of Death – the final series of drawings by the Hungarian-born French painter – offers a remarkable pictorial account of a life of ceaseless creativity, recapping episodes and experiences that stood out in the way that one’s life can be truly understood only with hindsight.

Csontváry 170

Memorial exhibition from the collections of the Hungarian National Gallery  and the Janus Pannonius Museum of Pécs

 Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest
14 April – 16 July 2023

 Tivadar Csontváry Kosztka (1853–1919) was born 170 years ago. The anniversary is marked by an exhibition jointly organised by the Museum of Fine Arts–Hungarian National Gallery and the Janus Pannonius Museum of Pécs. The displayed material assembled from the two public collections preserving the most important works of the brilliant painter opens within the framework of the Bartók Spring International Art Weeks on 13 April, in the Museum of Fine Arts, where it will run for three months. The joint exhibition providing a comprehensive picture of the art of Csontváry will then travel to Pécs, the seat of Baranya County, to the Csontváry Museum, which celebrates its fiftieth anniversary this year; it can be viewed there from August for the duration of three months. The exhibition parading forty-five works pays tribute to one of the most original and best-known artists in the history of Hungarian painting.

Hantaï, Klee,
and Other Abstractions
Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest, Michelangelo Hall
7 December 2022 – 19 March 2023

The Museum of Fine Arts’s cabinet exhibition pays tribute to the painter Simon Hantaï, born in Hungary a hundred years ago and attaining world fame while in France. The sixty or so displayed works include two dozen hitherto unknown modernist masterpieces by the artist, who passed away in Paris in 2008, but also those eight paintings that his family gifted to the museum in 2016 in accordance with his last will.

El Greco

28 October 2022 – 19 February 2023

The first comprehensive exhibition of El Greco’s oeuvre ever organised in Budapest can be viewed at the Museum of Fine Arts from 28 October. The exhibition seeks to provide a broad overview of the life’s work of one of the foremost masters of European art, Domenikos Theotokopoulos, most widely known as El Greco (1541–1614), through presenting the complexity of his visual world and sweeping stylistic development. The almost seventy displayed works include more than fifty autograph paintings by the Cretan-Spanish master.

A new masterpiece of outstanding importance
at the permanent exhibition of the Museum of Fine Arts

The permanent exhibition of the Museum of Fine Arts has been enriched with a special masterpiece by El Greco that has some Hungarian connection. Thanks to the MOLNew Europe Foundation, the painting titled Portrait of Saint Aloysius Gonzaga has entered the museum. This prominent piece, purchased at Christie’s auction this June for 3.6 million USD, is the sixth autograph work by El Greco in the internationally acclaimed Spanish collection of the Museum of Fine Arts. In the early twentieth century, the painting (now placed at the museum as a long-term deposit) was owned for a few years by the renowned Hungarian art collector Marcell Nemes but later it was sold at an auction in Paris in 1913. Thus, the recent purchase has made it possible for the masterpiece to return to Hungary after more than one hundred years.

Henri Matisse – The Colour of Ideas.


The exhibition based on the masterpieces of the Centre Pompidou – Musée national d’art modern, Paris is the first show featuring Henri Matisse’s art in Hungary. The selection of more than 150 works guides visitors through all the main periods of the artist’s oeuvre from his Fauve period all the way to his late gouache paper cut-outs.

Between Hell and Paradise. The Enigmatic World of Hieronymus Bosch

Ground Floor – 9 April 2022 – 17 July 2022

The exhibition of the Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest, opening on 9 April showcases the art of the Netherlandish master, Hieronymus Bosch (ca. 1450 – 1516), who produced one of the most influential and emblematic artistic achievements in European painting. The Budapest show, with close to ninety works on view, is not only anticipated to become the most comprehensive exhibition of Bosch’s works in Central Europe ever, but also one of the most significant Bosch exhibitions of the international museum world in the last fifty years. Bringing to life Bosch’s unique world and conjuring up the spiritual and visual culture of the late Middle Ages, the museum will display almost half of the master’s painted oeuvre,  including ten autograph paintings – among them the Last Judgement triptych (Bruges, Groeningemuseum), the Ship of Fools (Paris, Musée du Louvre), the Adoration of the Magi (New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art), Saint John the Evangelist on Patmos (Berlin, Gemäldegalerie) and the Ecce Homo (Frankfurt, Städel Museum).

Cezanne to Malevich
From Arcadia to Abstraction
28 October 2021 – 13 February 2022

Nine years after the hugely successful exhibition Cézanne and the Past: Tradition and Creativity, the Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest hosts another show linked to Cezanne. It explores the connections between the œuvre of the French master and French Avant-garde art from 1906 to 1930. Cezanne to Malevich. From Arcadia to Abstraction presents more than 120 works to the public. The exhibition, to run until mid-February 2022, displays pieces from the museum’s own holdings along with masterpieces loaned from some forty prominent collections worldwide.

The Call of the East. Japonisme as Reflected in the Prints of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy
Michelangelo Hall – 5 February – 17 May

The Museum of Fine Arts celebrates the 150th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Japan and Hungary with two exhibitions. Besides Treasures from Budapest, which opened in the National Art Center in Tokyo two months ago and will run through early March, a chamber exhibition can be seen in the Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest focusing on the influence of Japanese woodcuts on the West, and primarily, on artists in the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy.

Rubens, Van Dyck and the Splendour of Flemish Painting
30 October 2019 – 16 February 2020

The exhibition of the Museum of Fine Arts running from late October showcases the Golden Age of Flemish painting through the art of the foremost Baroque master of European art, Peter Paul Rubens, and that of his contemporaries. The 120 or so displayed works have been loaned from forty prominent public collections, including the Louvre in Paris, the Hermitage in Saint Petersburg, the Prado in Madrid, the National Gallery in Washington DC and the National Gallery in London. In addition to almost thirty masterpieces by Rubens and more than a dozen by Van Dyck, visitors will be able to see excellent works by other Flemish masters too.
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A Historic Acquisition A Masterpiece by Anthony van Dyck in the Collection of the Museum of Fine Arts

An unmatched masterpiece has been added to the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts Budapest through the highest-value purchase of the last 100 years in the history of the institution. The full-length wedding portrait of Princess Mary Henrietta Stuart, the eldest daughter of King Charles I of England, was painted in 1641 by the Flemish master, Anthony van Dyck. The painting entered the collection thanks to the Hungarian government’s generous support. This picture of exquisite beauty will be a true gem in the museum’s collection.
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Another historic acquisition
Renoir’s masterpiece in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts

The collection of the Museum of Fine Arts has been augmented with a masterpiece by one of the foremost impressionist artists, Pierre-Auguste Renoir. The museum was able to buy the master’s Reclining Nude (Gabrielle) with the support of the Hungarian government. The purchase is the museum’s second historic acquisition within a short span of time as Anthony van Dyck’s Wedding Portrait of Princess Mary Henrietta Stuart was added to the collection at the beginning of this year, also thanks to the support of the government.
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