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Ludwig Museum - Contemporary Art Museum: The Ludwig Museum is the only contemporary art museum in Hungary that collects even international works. It was founded in 1989 by the Hungarian cultural government. The basic collection consisted of the 70 pieces donated by the Ludwig couple and by the Ludwig Foundation of Aachen. In 1991 they donated 91 other pieces and this year they organized the first exposition in the Castle of Buda, under the direction of the National Gallery. The museum became independent in 1996 and since then its collection is just getting richer and they have organized more than 150 temporary exhibitions. In 2005 the museum moved to the high-tech Arts' Palace where they can organize all kinds of exhibitions, performances, media events, everything related to contemporary art. The museum tries to represent Hungarian (and Centrall European) art in their relations with international art because the intension of Peter Ludwig was to use art to bring closer the ideologically divided worlds of the 1980s. Since the 90s the museum collects sistematically works of Czech, Slovakian, Polish, Rumanian and Slovene art.

Ernst Museum: The museum wants to conserve not only the name but also the traditions of its founder: Lajos Ernst. The museum doesn't have a permanent collection, they organize expositions based on the latest art history investigations to represent the new works of contemporary Hungarian art, from paintings to architecture. They are also trying to complete their cultural offer organizing other events like meetings, conferences and auctions. There is an art library in the building (the Lajos Németh Library) that operates since 2003 and where you can enter gratis and read books, art magazines, search for material and make photocopies. There is another gallery that belongs to the museum, the Dorottya Gallery, a place where contemporary Hungarian plastic art is represented.

Ethnographic Museum: The Hungarian Ethnographic Museum, in front of the Parliament is one of the first specialized museums of Europe. It was established the 5 of May, 1872. Its antecedent was the ethnographic collection of the Hungarian National Museum ehich consisted of pieces from West-Asia and the Urales. At the beginning of the XX century the museum was considered one of the leading museums of Europe. Béla Vikér, one of the most important colectors of folk-songs in the world also worked here. His work was continued by musicians like Béla Bartók, Zoltán Kodály and László Lajtha. You can see objects from New Guinea, Kamerun, Liberia, Central- Asia, Siberia, Mongolia, Indonesia and Australia. The permanent exhibition called Traditional Culture of the Hungarian Nation was opened in 1991 and it is a very spectacular exhibition, very colorful and represents the whole area of the Hungarian speaking territories in 13 rooms through pobjects from the XVIII century until the first world war. There are other collections also, such as the collection of sacred art, gipsy art, shepherds' life and habits.The building itself is worth seeing, the sculptures put a spell on everyone at first sight.

Museum of Applied Arts: The spectacular building, one of the principal works of art of Hungarian Art Nouvau, was designed by Ödön Lechner and opened in the year of the millenium. Since then it gave place to various national and international expositions. The colorful dome was covered with Zsolnay ceramics and it is just outstanding and the door is like taken from a fairy tale. It features temporary and permanent exhibitions. The permanents are the furniture collection, from gothic art to beidermeier (in the Castle Museum of Nagytétény, that belongs to this museum), chinese ceramics and oriental art in Hungary. They also organize entertaining and creative programmes for children, they can also take part in small restoring jobs.

Godot Gallery: This gallery operates since 1999 on the Madách street. It is more than a simple gallery it is also a foundation trying to help artists and promote the popularization of art in general. Their mission is to deliver visual art's message to everyone, to achive that more and more people know contemporary Hungarian art. They want to establish a relation between quality art and XXI century citizens, unite deep contents with lightness and dinamism, become mediators between artists and receptors. There are temporary and permanent exhibitions and they also offer the possibility to buy pictures.

Dunapart Gallery: The Dunapart Gallery was founded in 2001 with the motivation to make contemporary art more important in the daily life of people both in their work places, houses and surroundings. They want to promote and difuse painting, plastic arts and ceramics in a way that they can become more important and be a part of citizens' homes making them more pleasanr and familiar. That's the reason why you can find a wide offer of styles, from abstract to surreal. Another objective of the gallery is to achice that people enter the gallery and other galleries even if it's not for buying pictures. They have pictures from Hungary, Transylvania, Italy, Russia, Germany and Ukraine.

Inda Gallery: This gallery is situated on the Király street, int he VI district. They want to be a refernce point of quality, current events and intellectual contents int he field of arts. The programme of the gallery was designed by young art historians. Here you can see works of young artists: paintings, sculptures, photos. The gallery also organizes courses, work shops, meetings, conferencies between artists, historians and visitors. Their objective is not only to present and promote the works of national young artists but also to attract foreign visitors to the country. | Contact us

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