Treasures from Budapest: European and Hungarian Masterpieces from the Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest and the Hungarian National Gallery

Szinyei Merse Pál, Lady in Violet, 1874, Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest
© Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest – Hungarian National Gallery, 2019

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.”

OUTLINE

Exhibition

Treasures from Budapest: European and Hungarian Masterpieces
from the Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest and the Hungarian National Gallery

Japan-Hungary Friendship 150th Anniversary

Date
December 4 (Wed.), 2019 – March 16 (Mon.), 2020
Venue
The National Art Center, Tokyo
Special Exhibition Gallery 1E
Closed
Tuesdays and from December 24 (Tue.), 2019 to January 7 (Tue.), 2020
*Open on February 11 (Tue.) and closed on February 12 (Wed.) instead
Opening hours
10:00 - 18:00
*10:00 - 20:00 on Fridays and Saturdays
*Last admission 30 minutes before closing
Organized by
The National Art Center, Tokyo; Embassy of Hungary in Tokyo; Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest – Hungarian National Gallery; Nikkei Inc.; TV TOKYO Corporation; BS TV TOKYO Corporation; TBS; BS-TBS, INC.
With the special
sponsorship of
SUZUKI MOTOR CORPORATIONSUZUKI
With the
sponsorship of
ITOCHU CorporationJOSAI UNIVERSITY Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd. DAIKIN INDUSTRIES, LTD. Takenaka Corporation DENSO CORPORATION Toray Industries, Inc.TOYOTA TSUSHO CORPORATION FANUC CORPORATIONMetal One Corporation Yamato Holdings Co., Ltd. LIVE ART BOOKS Inc.
With the
cooperation of
Sanoh Industrial Co., Ltd.Stanley Electric Co., Ltd. Sumitomo Corporation Taikisha Ltd. U-Shin Ltd. RYOWA CORPORATION Lufthansa Cargo AG.
Access
7-22-2 Roppongi Minato-ku Tokyo 106-8558
Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line, Nogizaka Station, direct access from Exit 6
Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line/ Toei Oedo Subway Line, Roppongi Station, approximately 4-minute walk from Exit 7

*No parking

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.

The Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest
The Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest

the Hungarian National Gallery
The Hungarian National Gallery

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