The crisp autumn breeze brings world-renowned exhibitions to Budapest. A much-debated equestrian sculpture by Leonardo da Vinci, eloquent nudes painted by Lucian Freud and Weegee’s distorted photo of Marilyn Monroe are all on view at the city’s museums this season.
Mummies of the World
Well-conserved bodies from the past 4,500 years are on display under temperature-controlled glass caskets at Komplex (District VI, Király utca 26), hosting international travelling exhibition Mummies of the World. Remnants preserved naturally or using ancient practices come from South America, ancient Egypt, even from Hungary.
Until 31 December
Leonardo da Vinci and the Egyptian collection
Having undergone a major overhaul, the newly reopened Museum of Fine Arts contains a stellar collection: ten original Leonardo drawings and a bronze statue allegedly created by the master are on show, alongside a 650-piece Egyptian display. Don’t miss the colourful murals at the museum’s beautifully renovated Roman Hall.
Until 6 January
Short Titles – Finnish videos and stills
Huge screens are set up in the Ludwig Museum halls, bringing the surreal world of a Finnish filmmaker to life. Cinematic initiatives by Salla Tykkä are beautifully immersive and almost painfully unsettling at the same time. The artist sees the world defined by regulations, regimes and gender roles, all eventually influencing the individual pursuit of the ultimate achievement: perfection.
Until 6 January
Bacon, Freud and the School of London
Arranged in collaboration with Tate Britain, a National Gallery exhibition brings the School of London to Budapest for the first time. Embraced in this exhibition are works by post-war artists from the same social circle who were pursuing different forms of figurative painting as opposed to avant-garde styles. Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Frank Auerbach and Leon Kossoff are the highlights.
Until 13 January
Weegee – The Famous
In the 1930s and 1940s, the name of tabloid photographer Weegee became closely associated with the urban jungle of New York as he captured city life and crime scenes in a society troubled by economic and emotional depression. Topics touched upon by the artist include celebrity culture – a famous satire by Weegee showing a distortion of Marilyn Monroe is also on view at Mai Manó.
Until 20 January