Take a slow tour of art and architecture

Hungarian House of Music Sounds manifested as a building

The organic architectural concept of the Hungarian House of Music built next to Lake Városligeti, between Vajdahunyad Castle and the Ice Rink, blurs the line between nature and man-made structures. Under the unique roof structure, next to the huge glass walls, and even inside the building, visitors will feel as if they are walking in nature. The merging of manmade structures and nature is also symbolized by the decorative elements used in the suspended ceiling, which come in the form of plant leaves. Japanese starchitect Sou Fujimoto, the building’s designer, designed a special floating roof structure based on the image of a sound wave, with almost 100 lightwells on its surface to channel natural light into the interior spaces.
The interior of the building is also unique. The lowest floor houses an exhibition on the language of music and the treasures of Hungarian folk music, as well as a sound dome that invites visitors to experiment with everyday sounds.

Hungarian National Gallery the largest public collection of Hungarian fine art

The works of art on display follow the dominant trends of each period from the 11th century to the present. You can wander around in a medieval and Renaissance lapidary or view Gothic panel paintings, wooden sculptures, winged altarpieces, and major works of the late Renaissance and Baroque periods. The diversity of genres is exemplified by paintings, sculptures, drawings, art posters, and a coin collection on display. The painting section is home to works by Hungarian painters between 1800 and 1945. Pieces by internationally renowned artists of the 19th century include artists such as Bertalan Székely, Mihály Munkácsy, and Pál Szinyei Merse.  The contemporary collection of the Hungarian National Gallery includes works of art related to Hungary in one way or another, from World War II to the present, providing an overview of the trends and important artists of past decades, along with features of Hungarian artistic life.

Museum of Ethnography In search of our traditions

Nature and the manmade world co-exist in harmony in the new building of the Museum of Ethnography. Built-in the former Felvonulási Square, the imposing structure – the work of NAPUR Architect, led by Marcel Ferencz – is divided into two wings that rise in opposite directions. Sixty percent of its exhibition space is below ground level, and a 7,300-square-meter park and roof garden lie on top of its two wings.
The permanent and temporary exhibitions tell the story of the museum’s collections over the last century and a half. You don’t even need a ticket to enter the Ceramic Art Space, which stretches over forty meters in two directions. The collection showcases the many functions of ceramic objects. In the exhibition halls, for which you do need a ticket to enter, Hungarian relics and ethnographic artifacts collected from all over world are displayed together.

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