Delving Into the Art of Budapest


Landlocked in the northern part of central Hungary, Budapest is a fascinating and vibrant European city. As the largest in the country, it is the cultural, financial, and political capital. It has often been considered one of the most beautiful cities in Europe and has extensive areas that are UNESCO World Heritage Sites – such as the banks of the Danube River, the Buda Castle, and the Hero’s Square, just to name a few. Budapest has a wealth of beauty and history to offer those on student tours, with a wide choice of fantastic art museums to choose from. Three museums recommended to visit are the Budapest Museum of Fine Arts, the Ludwig Museum of Modern Art, and the Kiscelli Museum.

The Budapest Museum of Fine Arts – Located at Dózsa György út 41, the Budapest Museum of Fine Arts was created as a result of a law that was passed in 1896, which sought to collate art collections into a single location. Those on student tours should plan to spend at least an afternoon here exploring the varied and extensive collections, which include the Egyptian arts. With over 4,000 items it is one of the largest such collections in Europe: the Classic Antiques has over 5,000 pieces; the Old Master Paintings has 3,000 paintings which show a survey of European art from the 13th to the late 18th centuries; the Sculpture Collection has over 600 works; Prints and Drawings has 10,000 drawings and 100,000 prints; and the Department of Art After 1800 consists of around 1,000 pieces of painting, sculpture and various artistic works all completed after 1800.

Ludwig Museum of Modern Art – Named after the philanthropic couple Peter and Irene Ludwig, who amassed a collection of over 12,000 works of art, the Ludwig Museum of Modern Art collects and displays masterworks of contemporary art. Student tours to this museum, right on the river’s edge at the Palace of Arts at Komor Marcell u. 1, will show students how it juxtaposes valuable pieces of American pop art – such as works by Warhol and Odlenburg – with Eastern and Asian arts, while keeping a keen eye on the works of Hungarian artists from the 1960s onwards.

Kiscelli Museum – Located right outside the main part of the city at Kiscelli utca 108, Óbuda, the Kiscelli Museum is housed in a stunning building. In the Baroque style, it was built between 1745 and 1760 and first served as a church and monastery. Those on student tours can visit the museum to experience its focus on contemporary and modern art, but what sets this museum apart from the others of modern art in Budapest is its dedication to 20th century and modern Hungarian artists. To get a true feel of modern Hungarian art, it is worth the trip outside of the city centre.

Source by Robert Emdur

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