5 best spring exhibitions in Budapest


  • Annamária Jász

20/04/2021 4.28pm

While museums remain closed, Budapest’s smaller galleries continue to welcome those hungry for culture. We’ve collated five of the best exhibitions taking place this spring, all open for personal visits within certain pandemic measures.

Photo: TOBE Galéria

Budapest Photo Festival



The citywide Budapest Photo Festival is holding its series again this year, until 21 May. Some of the exhibitions can be viewed online, but several small galleries will also be opening their doors to visitors. A varied programme includes In & Out at the KAS Gallery, which documents people with autism, the Ágnes Eperjesi exhibition at the acb Gallery (three visitors allowed at any one time), Fresh Meat, the latest generation of contemporary Hungarian photographers displayed at the Hybrid Art Space, and Bede Kincső’s Three Colours I Know in This World at the TOBE Gallery, an exhibition inspired by Ceaușescu-era Romania. Several exhibitions will be opening in late April or early May, so be sure to follow the festival’s website for updates.

Until 21 May

Photo: Kálmán Makláry Fine Arts

Kálmán Makláry Fine Arts


District V. Falk Miksa utca 10


The works of Zsigmond Kolozsváry – known abroad as Sigismund Kolos-Vary – are kept at major international museums around the world, from the Musée National d’Art Moderne in Paris to Israel, Algeria and the United States. In Hungary, some can be seen at the Museum of Fine Arts here in Budapest and in the Janus Pannonius Museum in Pécs. A new exhibition at the Kálmán Makláry tries to acquaint Hungarian audiences with the artist’s various creative eras. More than 20 pieces, rich in colour and form, provide an insight into an unparalleled oeuvre. The exhibition can be visited after registration, in accordance with pandemic measures.

Until 30 April 

Photo: Kieselbach Galéria

Kieselbach Gallery


District V. Szent István körút 5


Under the heading Colours, Realism, Surprises, the Kieselbach’s spring exhibition fills a 480-page catalogue with works available for sale. Pieces ranging from well-known classics to young contemporaries can be taken home. Gallery staff will provide prices in person. The images reflect the Kieselbach's own selection principles, while the more contemporary art was compiled by Gábor Pados, owner of the acb Gallery.

Until 10 May 

Photo: Várfok Galéria

Várfok Gallery


District I. Várfok utca 11


The group exhibition Other Lands Are To Come is the third one here born out of the current pandemic. The title and theme were provided by Péter Ujházi's work of the same name, which is one of more humorous works in the planetary series by this 80-year-old artist, jumps in space taking place through intertwined, funnel-shaped channels. Just like in that picture, different picturesque worlds and landscapes are connected in this exhibition. The stormy, windswept foliage of photographer Péter Korniss, the thrilling idylls of László Szotyory, inspired by Watteau, and memories of Françoise Gilot's Eastern travels can all be found. The highlight is the fine, lyrical work of Endre Rozsda, painted in Paris in 1959, which comes to Hungary for the first time by way of a descendant of Napoleon’s brother. A maximum of ten people may visit the exhibition space at any one time, wearing a mask and using the hand sanitiser upon entering.

Until 22 May

Photo: Várkapitányság NZrt.

Várkert Bazár


District I. Ybl Miklós tér 2-6


One of the most exciting exhibitions this spring is taking place outdoors, as one of Hungary’s most famous poster designers, Géza Faragó, has his works displayed at the prestigious Várkert Bazár. Faragó studied in Paris under the direction of famed Czech painter Alphonse Mucha. After returning to Budapest, his theatrical and commercial posters, press drawings and caricatures became popular from 1903 onwards. His works evoke the exciting atmosphere of the cosmopolitan Hungarian metropolis in the first decade of the 20th century, and these marvellous posters can be viewed from now until the end of June. All tolled, 25 are on display, from the Metropolitan Orpheum, the Holzer Fashion House, the Törley Champagne Factory, the Corvin Department Store and the Operetta Theatre’s Halló Amérika revue. On view at the Déli panoráma terasz.

Until 30 June 

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