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6 of the best exhibitions now on show in Budapest
Photo : Capa Centre
6 of the best exhibitions now on show in Budapest

Winter and cold weather are fast approaching, forcing outdoor activities into the background. This is the time for galleries and museums, so we’ve collected six interesting and exciting exhibitions that are absolutely worth visiting before the rush of the Christmas season sets in.

Rainer 85 - Homage to Arnulf Rainer Rembrandt and the Dutch Golden Age Masters of Art Nouveau Lechner a Creative Genius Attila Szűcs: The End of Gravity Imagining Vision + 1: Ludwig Museum

Rainer 85 - Homage to Arnulf Rainer

Photo: Hungarian National Gallery - Facebook

Arnulf Rainer is among the most important and best-known Austrian visual artists living today. Some of the galleries that have presented his works include the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. In the 1990s, as an acknowledgement of his work, the Arnulf Rainer Museum was established in New York. On the occasion of his 85th birthday his works can be seen across the world from London through Berlin to New York. In Vienna, the capital of his native Austria, the Albertina Museum displays a retrospective exhibition of his key works representing the stages of his complex artistic activities. The Hungarian National Gallery joins this celebration with this exhibition.

Hungarian National Gallery
Until when? 4 January 2015
Entrance fee: 1400 HUF

Rembrandt and the Dutch Golden Age

Photo: Balkányi László - We Love Budapest

This large-scale exhibition, entitled Rembrandt and the Dutch Golden Age, presents one of the golden ages of European culture; the 17th century period of Dutch art. The exhibition centres on the greatest master of that period, Rembrandt, of whose 20 masterpieces will be on display. 170 works of over 100 Dutch painters will also be showcased. Many of these are contributions from private and public collections. The most important loaning institutions including the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the Getty Museum of Los Angeles, the Metropolitan in New York, the Uffizi in Florence and the Prado in Madrid. Work by Vermeer is also on show.

Where? The Museum of Fine Arts
Until when?
15 February 2015
Entrance fee: 3200 HUF

Masters of Art Nouveau

Photo: Museum of Applied Arts

The Art Nouveau collection of the Museum of Applied Arts has an outstanding importance. The systematic collection began on the occasion of the Universal Exposition in Paris in 1889, reaching its peak-point at the 1900 Paris Universal Exposition.The objects, representing the newest tendencies, were showcased in the museum’s own exhibitions, inspiring Hungarian artists and producers. This is how the glassware of Louis Comfort Tiffany made with lustre-techniques influenced the work of Hungarian Zsolnay ceramic-manufacture. The main works on show at the exhibition include the glass and ceramic works of Louis Comfort Tiffany, as well as work by Émile Gallé, the Daum-siblings, the Zsolnay manufactureRené LaliqueJózsef Rippl-Rónai and Otto Eckmann.

Where? The Museum of Applied Arts
Until when? 4 January 2015
Entrance Fee: 2000 HUF

Lechner a Creative Genius

Photo: László Balkányi - WLB

The Museum of Applied Arts remembers the master of Hungarian Art Nouveau, Ödön Lechner, on the 100th anniversary of his death with a large-scale exhibition. The work of the architect, a nominee of the UNESCO World Heritage List, has been re-evaluated in the past years: his shapes, creativity and innovative solutions placed him among the best artists of the 19th century alongside Catalan Antoni Gaudí, Belgian Victor Horta, Scottish Charles Rennie Macintosh and the Austrian Otto Wagner. The exhibition showcases the wholeness of Ödön Lechner’s work.

Where? The Museum of Applied Arts
Until when? 31 May 2015
Entrance fee: 2000 HUF

Attila Szűcs: The End of Gravity

Photo: Deák Erika Gallery

Despite their creation with a centuries-old medium, the paintings of Hungarian artist Attila Szűcs are at the forefront of European modern art. In this new exhibition Attila Szűcs again takes ordinary images from everyday life and renders them into extraordinary visions by imagining how they transition into otherworldly forms through the passage of time or, in his most recent paintings, with the suspension of gravity. 

Where? Deák Erika Gallery
Until when? 10 January
Entrance fee: –

Imagining Vision

Photo: Capa Centre
The act of seeing and observing the world has been interesting for people for thousands of years. The  at the Capa Centre presents the technical developments of the past ten years, as a way of interpreting the problem. Despite all the modern equipment, this is not a technological exhibition, the creators showcase those technologies that became or will become determining in the next few years. This is how we get from Mario, which was one of the first computer games giving tactile experience through the remote control through to more modern innovations such as Google Glass or Oculus Rift. Apart from this, there are also technologies hacked by artists or DIY.The objects can also be tried!

Where? Robert Capa Contemporary Photography Centre
Until when? 5 March 2015
Entrance fee: 2000 HUF

+ 1: Ludwig Museum

Photo: Ludwig Museum
We couldn’t resist adding the Ludwig Museum, because on the occasion of its 25th birthday it is offering the public 25 days of free entry. This offer applies to ‘The Contemporary Collection‘ at the Ludwig Museum – Museum of Contemporary Art and is available until December 9. This exhibition looks at the kaleidoscopic history of the museum, which it states is also the chronicle of the past 25  years. In this way it delineates the history of Hungary and Eastern Europe since 1989 from the perspective of contemporary art.

Where? Ludwig Museum
Until when? Free until 9 December 2014, showing until 31 December 2015
Entrance fee: 800 HUF