While the Pierre-Auguste Renoir exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts stands as the most important and largest-scale exhibition of the last quarter, Budapest is teeming with other fascinating art collections. We've looked around the city, exploring both intimate galleries and grand venues, to bring you our handpicked favourites.


The Illusion of Time – Ruth Orkin (1921-1985)

The Hungarian House of Photography, Mai Manó House, is currently hosting a retrospective of the renowned American photographer Ruth Orkin's work until 14 January 2024. Orkin aspired to make a name for herself in a manly profession, filmmaking, but unable to do it behind the camera, she took up and excelled in photography. Ruth Orkin's strange, magical world is well worth exploring for lovers of photographic images.
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Crossing Lines. Politics of images

Adjacent to Mai Manó House, Robert Capa Contemporary Photography Center hosts an exhibition on Ukraine, running from 15 October to 14 January 2024. Whether you've experienced this year's World Press Photo exhibition or have an interest in collections infused with political messages, this one is a must-see. The exhibition features 150 pictures and video installations created by artists from 20 countries, including Hungary. Its focus on Ukraine provides a captivating exploration of the country's past and present.

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Charm of Seoul – What we wear, where we live

From 18 October to 18 February 2024, the Museum of Ethnography is hosting a major exhibition on Korea. Brought to Budapest by the Seoul Museum of History, this exhibition not only presents the history of Seoul, the capital of South Korea but also gives a vivid picture of modern everyday life. You can explore aspects such as Korean style, fashion and dresses, and changes in housing culture.

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TechnoCool. New Trends in Hungarian Art in the Nineties (1989–2001)

From October 27th to February 11th, 2024, the Hungarian National Gallery invites you to see a captivating showcase of the visual arts of the decade after the fall of communism. The exhibition highlights the work of a group of (then) young artists whose creations were hugely influenced by the electronic music revolution. The collection is extremely diverse, featuring paintings, objects, photographs, prints, videos, and computer-based artworks by around half a hundred artists.
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I am who I am – A Selection from the Jáky Collection

Discover 120 pieces from one of Hungary's most esteemed contemporary collections of domestic art at YBL6 Művészeti Tér (Art Space) within the historic Várkert Bazár. Curated from Balázs Jáky's art collection, these paintings provide a nearly complete picture of Hungarian visual art post-1945. You can explore a diverse range of styles in six themed rooms, from 14 October to 22 June 2024.

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