Hungarian National Gallery

Budapest, Hungary

The Hungarian National Gallery was established in 1957 as the national art museum and is located in Buda Castle. Its collections cover Hungarian art in all genres, including the works of many nineteenth- and twentieth-century Hungarian artists who worked in Paris and other locations in the West. The primary museum for international art in Budapest is the Museum of Fine Arts.

The National Gallery houses Medieval, Renaissance, Gothic art, Baroque and Renaissance Hungarian art. The collection includes wood altars from the 15th century.

The museum displays a number of works from Hungarian sculptors such as Károly Alexy, Maurice Ascalon, Miklós Borsos, Gyula Donáth, János Fadrusz, Béni Ferenczy, István Ferenczy and Miklós Izsó. It also exhibits paintings and photographs by major Hungarian artists such as Brassai and Ervin Marton, part of the circle who worked in Paris before World War II. The gallery displays the work of artists such as Mihály Munkácsy and László Paál. The museum also holds paintings by Karoly Marko, Josef Borsos, Miklos Barabas, Bertelan Szekely, Karoly Lotz, Pál Szinyei Merse, Istvan Csok, Bela Ivanyi Grunwald, Tivadar Kosztka Csontváry (Ruins of Ancient Theatre, Taormina), József Rippl-Rónai (Models), and Károly Ferenczy.



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Founded: 1957
Category: Museums in Hungary

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Davide Zanutto (8 months ago)
Wonderful. The paintings are a pleasure to see and the general organization of the gallery is well made. The floors are divided based on the styles of the paintings. Here you can also find beautiful sculptures. You can visit it for free with the Budapest card. Closed on Mondays.
Miles Macdonald (10 months ago)
If you love art then don't plan anything else for the day when visiting this place. I started with the Special Exhibition of Art Deco which is seperate to the Permanent Exhibition in the Main part of the building. I loved all the posters in this exhibition, encompassing a whole range of artistic styles but all alluringly exotic and colourful, portraying exaggeration and sensationalism. The Permanent Exhibition across three floors is full of great art works, don't miss classics by Monet, Gauguin and Pissarro. The collection of Late Gothic Altarpieces is magnificent. I can't do justice to all the Art works here so have just mention a selection. Finally, for a great view across Pest and to the West, don't miss the viewpoint at the top of the Dome accessible via small stairs.
MOHAN KARUPPUSAMY (12 months ago)
Hungarian national gallery is fantastic place , which takes long times and awesome places to visit , which take you to long walk and you can explore the long heritage of the Hungarian culture . Which takes one to two hours to visit the places . Should visit for your if you are in city
Andri (13 months ago)
Top museum ,as for my taste . 1. It is great architectural sight on the outside it is classic but inside it will surprise you with modernism . 2. 19th and 20th century Hungarian Art PRECIOUS . 3400ft cost . And awesome souvenir shop . As well there is a coffee shop just near the entrance . For coffee with a view .
Saniya Jafri (14 months ago)
Fascinating. Excellent collection of Hungarian Art. Best six hours spent in Budapest. Worth every penny! Didn't get a student discount (unfortunately). Would recommend it for art lovers. If you can spend hours looking at a painting, go right ahead. I wish someone had told us to have a big, hearty breakfast before going though. Hehe.
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