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7 great exhibitions to see in Budapest this winter

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  • Zsófia Nagy

11/01/2022 1.52pm

In January, after the bustle of Christmas, it’s good to take in an exhibition or two, escaping the winter cold with a little art or cultural history. What's on show this month ranges from Cézanne to children's book illustrations, and from textiles to woodcut graphics.

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Fuga/TEXHIBITION

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1052 Budapest, Petőfi Sándor utca 5

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The most important goal of TEXHIBITION, held this year for the sixth time, is to draw attention to the potential of the textile industry, which once had a leading role in Hungary, to encourage communication between design generations and to enable collaboration between manufacturers. With this in mind, the exhibition will feature prototype collections which designers will be free to use later. All told, 21 Hungarian artists, including Szilvia Szigeti, Szilvia Vereczkey, Anna Regős, Réka Molnár and Daniella Koós, take part. This year’s foreign guest is Erja Hirvi from Finland, star designer at Marimekko, whose work can also be seen here. More details here. Until 22 January

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Godot Galéria/Péter Kacsuk

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1114 Budapest, Bartók Béla út 11-14

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It is always exciting to see a selection from a private collection, as not only the works but also the approach in compiling them can be fascinating. This is especially true in the case of Péter Kacsuk, in which the IT artist’s original collection collated for investment purposes has gradually gained its own direction and has now become an exciting repository of documents reflecting the social problems of our time in an ironic, grotesque way. His collection includes such Hungarian artists as Levente Baranyai, drMáriás, Dániel Labrosse, Kriszta Tereskova Nagy, László Ősi and Sándor Pinczehelyi. More details hereUntil 29 January

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House of Hungarian Music/Sound Dimensions

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1146 Budapest, Városliget

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Many are curious about the new museum in Városliget and luckily tickets are now available for their new permanent exhibition called Sound Dimensions. It follows the history of this form of art since the birth of music, especially folk. What makes it special is that in addition to visual stimuli, your ears now play a major role, for which you will receive separate headphones. More details here. Open from 28 January

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National Gallery/Canvas and Cult

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1013 Budapest, Buda Castle, Szent György tér 2

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Amid the gloom, Canvas and Cult. The Art of Pál Szinyei Merse (1845-1920) is one of the best choices you can make for winter cheer, the vibrant colours and the presence of nature in the pictures whisking you off in the direction of spring. The painter's works are now being presented together with international parallels and Hungarian contemporaries. Buda Castle, meanwhile, is undergoing an extensive revamp as part of the Hauszmann Programme, with several exhibitions and renovated historical attractions to peruse. Enjoy the view, mulled wine in hand. More details here. Until 13 February

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MKVM/Fairy Tale Shop & Gold Brush

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1036 Budapest, Korona tér 1

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An unsung gem in itself, the Hungarian Museum of Trade & Tourism (MKVM) in a pretty corner of Óbuda is currently presenting the work of the undeservedly forgotten applied artist, Kató Lukáts. The core of the exhibition is the legacy preserved in the Museum of Applied Arts, which features a charming world of books, posters and packaging, textiles and furniture decorations designed by the graphic artist. Few would say that the illustrations of revered Hungarian children’s books, Ablak-Zsiráf and Gőgös Gúnár Gedeon, which still look fresh today, were designed half a century ago. More details here. More details hereUntil 17 April

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Műcsarnok/A Fantasy Come True

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1146 Budapest, Dózsa György út 37

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You can discover the work of graphic artist Líviusz Gyulai, who died last year, at the exhibition A Fantasy Come True at the Műcsarnok on Heroes’ Square. The artist’s precise lino- and woodcuts, etchings and lithographs, which always fit perfectly with the content and the text, are familiar to Hungarian readers from the volumes of Villon, Shakespeare and Cervantes. The drawings, fashioned with precise and elaborate techniques, often create a dream-like, surreal world. Gyulai’s name is also known from Hungarian animation and although The Adventures of Tinti or the short episodes of Odd Birds may have seemed a bit bizarre to children, you look at them quite differently as adults. More details here. Until 20 February

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Museum of Fine Arts/Cézanne to Malevich

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1146 Budapest, Dózsa György út 41

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The Museum of Fine Arts holds special surprises for us this winter. Until 13 February, you can still see the exhibition Cézanne to Malevich that explores the connection between the French master and European avant-garde art. Even if you're not a fan of these trends, you can at least learn more about these artistic periods. One of the important stages of the museum's reconstruction was the opening of the 17th-century Baroque art section in the Old Gallery Wing in December. Here you can now see nearly 300 paintings all newly arranged, including works by Velázquez, van Dyck, Rubens and Murillo. More details here. Until 13 February

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