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Iparművészeti Múzeum – Budapest, Hungary

Jaime-silva(above photo © Jaime Silva)

Iparművészeti Múzeum

(Museum of Applied Arts)
(36) 1 – 456 5100
1092 Budapest, Hőgyes Endre utca,
Budapest, Hungary

2:00 pm – 6:00pm    Tuesday
10:00am – 6:00pm    Wednesday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday
10:00am – 10:00pm  Thursday

In 1872 the Hungarian Parliament decided to purchase “industrial Vienna’s” 1873 World Exhibition and in 1890 a contest was held to design a suitable building to house the collection and be home to the School of Applied Arts on Hõgyes Endre street.

First prize was won by a series of plans, put forth by architects  Ödön Lechner and Gyula Pártos, inspired in oriental forms.  Construction began in 1893 and the building was opened by emperor Franz Joseph on October 25th 1896 as part of the Hungarian State’s millenium celebration.

Today, the Building itself is the main attraction. It is another fine example of Hungarian secession splendor; a fairytale palace full of angles, stairwells, columns and details that enchant the eye at every turn.

Iparművészeti Múzeum
Iparművészeti Múzeum
(above photo
© Sanne Aabjerg)
Iparművészeti Múzeum
(above photo
© Ali Jackson )
MIparművészeti Múzeum
Iparművészeti Múzeum

The Museum itself has 5 departments: Metalwork, Furnuture, Textiles, Ceramics and Glassware. In each department you can enjoy equisit examplels of Art Nouveau crafts.  Here we glimpse the joy that defined the movement- the bringing of love, light, fancy and flare to many a mundane necessity.  I wish today’s designers would indulge in a a bit more fantasy and get over this post-modernist utilitarianism 🙂

An interesting fact, according to the literature,  is that this was the third museum to be built in Europe after the British Museum and and another in France (we’re trying to find a chronology, but having difficulty)

colored roof tiles from the Zsolnay porcelain factory, hand painted with plant motifs

y-DaveGray(above photo © Dave Gray )
by-ktylerconk(above photoMuseum Entrance © Kathleen Tyler Conklin)
(above photo
© Smita )
y-olympi(above photo © Olimpi)

Szépmûvészeti Múzeum – Budapest, Hungary

Lorenzo-R-(above photo © Lorenzo Raffio)

Szépmûvészeti Múzeum

(Museum of Fine Arts)
(36) 1 – 469 7100
Dózsa György út 41, 1146
Budapest, Hungary

10:00am – 5:30pm  Tuesday – Sunday

The Szépmûvészeti Fine arts museum is in a neoclassical building located on Heroes’ Square -across from Műcsarnok (Palace of Arts) and next to Varosliget (the largest city park in Budapest).  It is also close to the zoo and the Széchenyi Baths.   Designed by by Albert Schickedanz and Fülöp Herzog, groundbreaking was in 1896 to commemorate the  millennium of the Hungarian State and it was completed in 1903.

The art collection is home to works from Pablo Picasso, Oskar Kokoschka, Manet, Pierre Puvis de Chavanes, Paul Gauguin, Mark Chagall, Paul Cezanne, Henri de Touluse Lautrec, Delacroix, Corot, Rodin….

Check the website or local listings for information on special exhibits; they are normally quite fantastic, definitely worth the trip.  On our last visit there was  a Mucha exhibition, ‘In Praise of Women” that was so touching; I am still hoping for it to come to NY so I can see it again!

The museum is very easy to get to by Metro, just take it to the Heroes’ Square Station.

So-Pumpkin3(above photo Attic Marble Sarcophagus© Smita )

Gryts(above photo Ancient Frieze© Grytsje Klijnstra )
Noztalgia - Budapest, Hungary

Noztalgia – Budapest, Hungary

Noztalgia  -  Budapest, HungaryHollohaza Porcelain


Christal Shop
(36) 1 – 366 3512
Grand Market Hall
1093 Budapest, Vamhaz krt 1-3cK16/C
Budapest, Hungary

6:00 am – 5:00 pm   Monday
6:00 am – 6:00 pm   Tuesday – Friday

Glittering Glamor greets your eyes as you enter Noztalgia, a stall at the end of the second floor of the Grand Market Hall (just above the mushroom displays).

Inside you will find a vibrant selection of high quality Ajka Crystal, Hollohaza Porcelain and hand painted Kalocsa Porcelain. Out of the entire market, Noztalgia is the best value.  Beyond that, you will find special pieces, not easy to find at any price in similar stores.  A great place to get specialty-ware that you will not find at any Bed Bath & Boredom.

Central-Market- Noztalgia  -  Budapest, HungaryCrystal of Ajka
Central-Market- Noztalgia  -  Budapest, HungaryKalocsa Porcelain