When spring brings gloomy and crispy weather, not to mention rain (we are looking at you, April of 2023), there is no better place to go undercover than a museum or a gallery. A good exhibition is nurturing for the soul, and it develops the aesthetic sense. We have rounded up 10 for the spring.
The provocative world of Jan Saudek
The Czech master of provocation opened his exhibition at the Budapest Photo Festival on 1 April, which is on view until 28 May. Discovered in the early nineties, the now world-famous photographer's work is presented in a comprehensive collection of erotic images combining the worlds of painting and photography.
- Where? Kunsthalle
- When? 1 April - 28 May 2023
Gulácsy. The Prince of Na'Conxypan
Lajos Gulácsy, one of the most extraordinary figures of 20th-century Hungarian art, is having his exhibition at the Hungarian National Gallery from 7 April to 27 August. The exhibition of approximately 200 artworks includes 84 paintings, the rest is drawings, illustrations, manuscripts, and photographs.
- Where? Hungarian National Gallery
- When? 7 April - 27 August 2023
Ergy Landau, Budapest – Paris, 1896–1967
From 22 March to 14 May, the Mai Manó House hosts an exhibition of Ergy Landau's work between the 1920s and the 1950s. She is a typical artist who, although a famous figure in her time, has been slowly forgotten and is now known only to a small group of people interested in photography. The French artist can now be rediscovered, thanks in part to an exhibition like this one.
- Where? Mai Manó House Hungarian House of Photography
- When? 21 Mar-14 May 2023
Balázs Somorjai: Panel World
At the exhibition, which opened at the Robert Capa Center on 23 February and will be on view until early June, you can discover the images of the photographer's project on panel apartments. Like a significant number of Hungarians, he has lived in a panel building, and this personal attachment led him to photograph the apartments of special prefabricated building blocks, but with the people who live in them. It’s a witty and exciting social journey.
- Where? Robert Capa Contemporary Photography Center
- When? 22 February - 3 June 2023
They wrote the song for us!
The exhibition 'They wrote the song for us!', which traces the history of Hungarian pop music from 1957 until the fall of communism, opened in January at the House of Music Hungary. The collection focuses on the most prominent artists, bands, emblematic hits, and most important events in the pop history of the era, and will be on display until 22 June, just in time for a spring exhibition tour.
- Where? House of Hungarian Music
- When? 22 January - 22 June 2023
Tivadar Csontváry Kosztka was born exactly 170 years ago. And the Hungarian National Gallery, the Janus Pannonius Museum in Pécs, and the Museum of Fine Arts will celebrate the anniversary with a joint exhibition of the most important works of the painter's oeuvre. The opening date is 14 April and the exhibition will run until 16 July.
- Where? Museum of Fine Arts
- When? 14 April - 16 July 2023
Péter Korniss: THE LONG ROAD – SIC 1967-2022
The renowned photographer's exhibition at the Várfok Gallery opened on 9 March and runs until mid-May. The pictures of Korniss's latest photographic works were taken in Transylvania, more specifically in Sic. The artist has been photographing the commune for 55 years, making it the longest project in Hungarian photographic history. A book also has been published and the exhibition accompanies its publication.
- Where? Várfok Gallery
- When? 9 March - 13 May 2023
Attila Stark: Plants from here
A major exhibition of Attila Stark's latest paintings is on view at Resident Art gallery between 23 March and 22 April. The KuloCity graphic artist's paintings are characterised by a comic book-like world, bright colours, stylised figures, and a playful mood. Paintings from the last ten years depict the characters and places of Stark's passion for nature, but in a way that feels like walking through a fairy tale.
Resident Art gallery
- When? 23 March - 22 April 2023
Kíra Kovács: Make it through the line
Kíra Kovács, an emerging young artist and painting student at the University of Fine Arts, will have an exhibition at reset art space gallery from 24 March to 21 April, focusing on ambiguity and subjective interpretation. You will need your inner child to interpret the paintings and give them meaning but don't be alarmed, it won't hurt and the exhibition won't be all mysterious and incomprehensible, either.
- Where? reset art space
- When? 24 March - 21 April 2023
We bet you haven't seen these Dalí pieces before. A private collection of the painter's lesser-known but even more intriguing work has landed in Budapest. Until the end of June, you are in for a pleasant surprise if you visit Király Komplex, as you will see more than 200 pieces by the master of surrealism. You might not marvel at his most famous paintings but will be reminded of them constantly; his iconic motifs are reborn in statues, jewellery, etchings, and lithographs. This selection is a must for all the fans of the painter, and you can now have a sneak peek here.
- Where? Király Komplex
- When? 24 Mar-30 Jun 2023