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Iparművészeti Múzeum – Budapest, Hungary

Jaime-silva Iparművészeti Múzeum  -  Budapest, Hungary Budapest  Sightseeing Budapest Art   (above photo © Jaime Silva)

Iparművészeti Múzeum

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

www.imm.hu.

OPEN HOURS:
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.

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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

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