City guide
The best exhibitions to see in Budapest this autumn
Photo : Zoltán Balogh / MTI

Autumn means it’s exhibition time, and there’s plenty to see in Budapest. With subjects ranging from skateboard culture to Tsarist Russia, here’s our pick of the bunch.

Three Colours Milán Radisics: Sur/Real Lands Godot Gallery 20th anniversary World Press Photo 2019 Nadja Massün: Intimate Universe The Street is not a Playground The Fans Strike Back

Three Colours

Photo: Imre Kiss / Mai Manó House

Taking you back to the Tsarist times of a century or more ago, Sergei Prokugin-Gorsky’s images show the groundbreaking work of this pioneer of colour photography. Using his own machine with three colour filters, Prokugin-Gorsky captured daily life in Russia in the years immediately prior to the Revolution.


Three Colours 

Mai Manó House

District VI. Nagymező utca 20

Open: until 3 October noon-7pm

Admission: 1,500 HUF/discounted 700 HUF

Milán Radisics: Sur/Real Lands

Photo: Zsófi Faur Gallery Facebook

Photojournalist/artist Milán Radisics is known for his aerial images, and here presents farmland in Zaragoza and Toledo. From above, these scenes appear like abstract artworks, the waterways where olives and wheat grow, tolerating summer heat and drought. Of course, the local farmers hardly realise what spectacular landscapes they have created with their labour.


Sur/Real Lands

Zsófi Faur Gallery

District XI. Bartók Béla út 25

Open: until 6 October (not Sat/Sun) noon-6pm

Admission: free

Godot Gallery 20th anniversary

Photo: Imre Bukta/Winter Garden with Scarf / Godot Gallery

This year, the Godot Gallery celebrates its 20th anniversary with a large-scale exhibition, showcasing works by artists who have featured here. Imre Bukta, drMáriás, László feLugossy, József Gaál, Kriszta Nagy, Tamás Szikora and Péter Ujházi each have four works on show, ones already in significant private collections.


Godot Gallery’s 20th anniversary show

Godot Gallery

District XI. Bartók Béla út 11-13

Open: until 12 October Tue-Fri 9am-2pm, Sat 10am-1pm

Admission: free

World Press Photo 2019

Photo: Sarah Blessner / World Press Photo

The annual World Press Photo exhibition displays a year’s worth of stories as captured by top photojournalists from around the globe. Look out for the award-winning nature photography of Hungarian Bence Máté and dramatic images taken at the US-Mexican border. See our longer feature about the exhibition here


World Press Photo 2019

National Museum

District VIII. Múzeum körút 14-16

Open: until 23 October Tue-Thur & Sun 10am-6pm, Fri & Sat 10am-8pm

Admission: 2,100 HUF/discounted 1,000 HUF

Nadja Massün: Intimate Universe

Photo: Nadja Massün / Robert Capa Contemporary Photography Center

The black-and-white images of French-Hungarian photographer Nadja Massün show reality while keeping their distance at the same time, remaining extremely personal. The starting point of her career, sensitive presentations of family members and the emotional, trusting relationships between them, continued to set the direction for her later work.


Intimate Universe

Robert Capa Contemporary Photography Center 

District VI. Nagymező utca 8

Open: until 27 October daily 8am-7pm

Admission: free

The Street is not a Playground

Photo: Ádám Kuttner / Deák 17 Gallery

This fascinating, niche exhibition at the Deák 17 Gallery on Fashion Street presents the history of the skateboarding subculture in Budapest from the late 1970s to the present. Skateboarding spots and parks, boards through the ages and original magazine articles are all on display – see our longer article here


The Street is not a Playground

Deák 17 Gallery

District V. Deák Ferenc utca 17

Open: until 14 December Tue-Fri 10am-6pm

Admission: free


The Fans Strike Back

Photo: Star Wars – The Fans Strike Back

A hall full of rare collector’s items shipped over from Paris forms The Fans Strike Back, an exhibition celebrating the 40th anniversary of the first Star Wars film to be shown in Hungary. Since then, the franchise has grown to nine films – the ninth, The Rise of Skywalker, is due to arrive here just before Christmas. Before then, see lifesize versions of your favourite characters, Chewbacca, Yoda, R2D2 and Darth Vader, along with the captain’s bridge from the Star Destroyer and Anakin Skywalker’s transporter. Look out, too, for the Jedi training area and a virtual reality feature. More information here



The Fans Strike Back

Bálna Budapest

District IX. Fővám tér 11-12

Open: until 31 December Tue-Fri noon-8pm, Sat 10am-9pm, Sun 10am-7pm

Admission: 4,900 HUF/discounted 3,400-4,100 HUF