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Treasures from Budapest: European and Hungarian Masterpieces from the Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest and the Hungarian National Gallery
Japan-Hungary Friendship 150th Anniversary
04.12.2019 - 16.03.2020
130 masterpieces, spanning four hundred years from the Renaissance to the early twentieth century, come together in Japan!
We are honored to announce the appearance of works from the collections of the largest art museums in Hungary — the Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest and the Hungarian National Gallery — in an exhibition commemorating 150 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and Hungary. Not for a quarter of a century has anything like as many pieces been brought to Japan from these museums at the one time.
The exhibition consists of a total of 130 masterpieces of European and Hungarian painting, drawing, and sculpture, representing 400 years of artistic achievement from the Renaissance to the early twentieth century. In addition to works by such great masters as Cranach, Titian, El Greco, Renoir, and Monet, there are many superb pieces by Hungarian artists of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries rarely seen in Japan. Please savor and enjoy these gems gathered together and brought all the way from Budapest, Hungary’s capital city, celebrated as the “pearl of the Danube”.
The Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest and the Hungarian National Gallery
The Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest was inaugurated as a museum in 1906 to offer a comprehensive range of European art works including those by native artists. Many of the pieces that formed the basis of its collection originated from the holdings of the Esterházy family and other Hungarian aristocratic houses. The Hungarian National Gallery was established in 1957 as an institution specializing in Hungarian art; its initial collection comprised Hungarian artworks transferred stage by stage from the Museum of Fine Arts.
The two museums came together in 2012 under one management structure; and decisions about which pieces will reside in which collection are ongoing. As of 2019, the Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest houses ancient art of Egypt, Greece, and Rome as well as European and Hungarian works from the late Middle Ages to the end of the eighteenth century. The Hungarian National Gallery mainly houses Hungarian art from in and after the nineteenth century. It also features a display of highlights from the collection of international art after 1800 of the Museum of Fine Arts.