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Frida Kahlo and Francis Bacon announced for Budapest’s National Gallery

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Hungarian National Gallery

The Hungarian National Gallery has just announced new crowd-pleasing exhibitions for 2018. The museum in Buda’s Castle District will host a series of idiosyncratic relics by Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, grotesque works by British master Francis Bacon and figurative portraits by Englishman Lucian Freud. In December, the gallery presents paintings by Dezső Korniss, a renowned name in Hungarian art history for his surreal take on folk motifs. Along with these major shows, the HNG also announced that after a thorough renovation, the revamped Museum of Fine Arts will reopen in October.

You’ll probably find yourself making a few visits to the Hungarian National Gallery over the coming year. As the museum has just announced, the exhibition agenda for 2018 features major names in art history. In July, culture aficionados can admire many of Frida Kahlo‘s vibrant works, provided by the Museo Dolores Olmedo in Mexico City. This is the first time that Kahlo’s art will be presented in Budapest.

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From October 5th, 2018 through January 14th, 2019, a comprehensive exhibition will include rarely seen pieces by Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud and the School of London, by arrangement with Tate Britain. Then on December 13th, the Hungarian National Gallery invites visitors to admire paintings by Dezső Korniss, marking the 110th anniversary of the artist’s birth – this exhibition runs through March 17th, 2019.

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By then, the Museum of Fine Arts will have reopened. This ornate landmark on Heroes’ Square has been under renovation since 2015 and the building will begin welcoming visitors again in October with a rare chance to see Leonardo da Vinci‘s horse sculpture alongside ten original drawings by the Renaissance polymath. However, the museum’s new permanent exhibition will not be in place until mid-2019.

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Further temporary exhibitions will include baroque-era displays from Italy, Spain and the Netherlands, and the museum halls will also witness works by Flemish artists Rubens and Van Dyck. In 2020, the establishment pays tribute to French post-Impressionist painter Paul Cézanne. Restored to its original splendor, the Romanesque Hall – closed to the public for seven decades – will be also unveiled to museum visitors.