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Best 7 Budapest exhibitions to see in July

Summer is not only about pools and spritzers. With no requirement for Immunity Certificates, now is also the time to take in an exhibition or two in the cool surroundings of a museum or gallery. Here we suggest the best ones taking place in July.


Capa Center/Ábel Szalontai

Ábel Szalontai's exhibition Starry Bay is a representative selection of a series of photographs made over decades. Images installed in light boxes and short, moving works depict the world of seas and ports, the stories of those who live there and those who pass through. Szalontai captures the shores of photogenic Iceland, crowded ShanghaiIstanbul and Corfu, the most distant point on the Danube at Sulina, the bustle of Gdańsk and DublinBuoysfishing nets and hulls, sailors, fishermen and islanders, these are places of meetings and farewellsarrivals and departures, in fog and sunshine, at night or independent of the time of day. Robert Capa Contemporary Photography Center. Until 8 August: Tue-Fri 2pm-7pm, Sat-Sun 11am-7pm



Three politically committed artists, Péter Hecker, drMáriás and Péter Weiler, reflect on the nature of politics, the role of positions of power in shaping society and the practical absurdity of ideologies. A critical attitude and witty creations await at this entertaining exhibition, though with relatively little content pertaining to today’s domestic situation. Esernyős. Until 31 July: Wed-Fri 2pm-9pm, Sat 2pm-10pm, Sun noon-8pm


György Ráth Villa/Dress Code: Art Nouveau

A favourite trend for many, the Hungarian version of Art Nouveau in the early 20th century Szecesszió, freed ladies from the constant striving for flamboyance and introduced a much more functional fashion, suited to diverse female roles. This is the world of S-line silhouettes, parasols, cartwheel hats, half-shouldered boas and loose buns. Follow the social changes of the turn of the century through these beautiful outfits. György Ráth Villa. Until 15 August: Tue-Sun 10am-6pm


Judit Virág Gallery/Miklós Demény

Miklós Demény's oeuvre began in the first half of the 1960s, his art travelling in a well-defined direction on a path that saw the results of Cubism and geometric constructivism as its source. Around 1965, among classical modern artists, Miklós Demény was greatly influenced by Fernand Léger. Demény painted his still lifescityscapes and interiors with unmixed colours from the same tube. Most of his beautiful still lifes in the 1970s were inspired by the petal motifs of one neo-avant-garde industrial artist, István Nádler. Judit Virág Gallery. Until 31 July: Mon-Fri 10am-6pm


Kálmán Makláry Fine Arts Gallery/Hungarian Paris III

Among the outstanding members of the École de Paris in the earlier 1900s were Gusztáv MiklósJózsef CsákyIstván BeöthyAnton PrinnerKatalin SylvesterVictor Román and László Szabó. Works made with wood and bronze techniques display the avant-garde trends of the early 20th century, Surrealism, Cubism and later Art Deco and Abstract. At the Kálmán Makláry Fine Arts Gallery on art-focused Falk Miksa utca, the Hungarian public can now see these unique sculptures for the first time, many of which have been exhibited at the Pompidou Centre, the Rodin Museum, the Musée National d'Art Moderne, and the Metropolitan Museum in New York. Kálmán Makláry Fine Arts Gallery. Until 31 July: Mon-Fri 10am-4pm


Ludwig Museum/Slow Life

Also titled Radical Practices of the Everyday, this international group exhibition would have opened in the spring of 2020 had the pandemic not hit. Some 25 artists address global issues such as the existing social and economic systems, consumer culture and their effect on the environment. Inspired by Italy’s Slow Food movement of the 1980s, Slow Life envisions the need to rethink existing structures and reorganise everyday life, from permaculture farming to zero-waste households. The exhibition is accompanied by a bilingual Hungarian-English digital catalogue. Ludwig Museum. From 13 July to 5 September: Tue-Sun 10am-6pm


Petőfi Literary Museum/Rézbőrű volt az alkony

Native American culture is part of everyone’s childhood memories, the friendships, the heroism and the love of nature. This exhibition aims to mark the moment of that process. Here in Hungary, books by Sándor Deszkáss (’White Deer’), published in the 1940s, and the Bakony Indian gatherings for Communist-era malcontents, underline the domestic affection for another civilisation across the Atlantic. Petőfi Literary MuseumUntil 31 December: Tue-Sun 10am-6pm


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