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.
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.
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 MOL – New 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.
MASTERPIECES FROM THE CENTRE POMPIDOU, PARIS
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.
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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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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