Treasures from Budapest: European and Hungarian Masterpieces from the Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest and the Hungarian National Gallery
Japan-Hungary Friendship 150th Anniversary

Lady in Violet

Szinyei Merse Pál, Lady in Violet, 1874, Oil on canvas, Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest
©Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest-Hungarian National Gallery, 2019

The Ill-matched Couple: Old man and Young Woman

Lucas Cranach the Elder, The Ill-matched Couple: Old man and Young Woman, 1522, Oil on beechwood, Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest
©Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest-Hungarian National Gallery, 2019

Virgin and Child with Saint Paul

Titian (Tiziano Vecellio), Virgin and Child with Saint Paul, ca. 1540, Oil on canvas, Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest
©Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest-Hungarian National Gallery, 2019

Monument

El Greco, Saint James the Less (Study of a Male Head), ca. 1600, Oil on canvas, Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest
©Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest-Hungarian National Gallery, 2019

Character Head: Childish Weeping

Franz Xaver Messerschmidt, Character Head: Childish Weeping, 1771-1775, Lead-tin alloy, Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest
©Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest-Hungarian National Gallery, 2019

Bust of a Young Girl

Auguste Renoir, Bust of a Young Girl, ca. 1895, Oil on canvas, Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest
©Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest-Hungarian National Gallery, 2019

Breakwater at Trouville, Low Tide

Claude Monet, Breakwater at Trouville, Low Tide, 1870, Oil on canvas, Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest
©Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest-Hungarian National Gallery, 2019

Portrait of Ferenc (Ferenz) Liszt

Munkácsy Mihály, Portrait of Ferenc (Ferenz) Liszt, 1886, Oil on canvas, Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest
©Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest-Hungarian National Gallery, 2019

Fishermen

Markó Károly the Elder, Fishermen, 1851, Oil on canvas, Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest
©Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest-Hungarian National Gallery, 2019

Taking a Ride at New Moon in Athens

Csontváry Kosztka Tivadar, Taking a Ride at New Moon in Athens, 1904, Oil on canvas, Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest
©Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest-Hungarian National Gallery, 2019

Entre-temps

Vaszary János, Golden Age, 1898, Oil on cardboard, Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest
©Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest-Hungarian National Gallery, 2019

My Father and Uncle Piacsek with Red Wine

Rippl-Rónai József, My Father and Uncle Piacsek with Red Wine, 1907, Oil on cardboard, Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest
©Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest-Hungarian National Gallery, 2019

Merz Composition (Für Bortnÿik)

Kurt Schwitters, Merz Composition (Für Bortnÿik), 1922, Collage on paper, Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest
©Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest-Hungarian National Gallery, 2019

Overview

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.

Date December 4 (Wed.), 2019 - March 16 (Mon.), 2020
Closed on Tuesdays and from December 24 (Tue.), 2019 - 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)
Venue The National Art Center, Tokyo, Special Exhibition Gallery 1E
7-22-2 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-8558
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 CORPORATION
With the sponsorship of ITOCHU Corporation; JOSAI UNIVERSITY; Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.; DAIKIN INDUSTRIES, LTD.; Takenaka Corporation; DENSO CORPORATION; Toray Industries, Inc.; TOYOTA TSUSHO CORPORATION; FANUC CORPORATION; Metal 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.
Admission(tax included)
General 1,700 yen (Adults), 1,100 yen (College students), 700 yen (High school students)
Advance / Group 1,500 yen (Adults), 900 yen (College students), 500 yen (High school students)
  • Visitors who are junior high school students or younger will be admitted for free.
  • Disabled persons (along with the one assistant) will be admitted for free upon presenting the Disabled Person’s Booklet or an equivalent form of government-issued ID.
  • Free entrance to the exhibition for high school students from January 11 (Sat.) to January 13 (Mon.), 2020, upon presenting student ID.
  • Advance tickets on sale from September 12 (Thu.) - December 3 (Wed.), 2019 and at the National Art Center, Tokyo on sale from October 16 (wed.) - December 2 (Mon.)
  • Group tickets (for groups of a minimum of 20 people) can only be purchased at the National Art Center, Tokyo.
  • Tickets, both Advance and General, are available through the National Art Center, Tokyo (open days only), the exhibition website (ONLINE TICKETS),and other major ticket agencies. Service charges may apply. (These services are only available in Japanese.)
  • Reduction (100 yen off) applies to visitors who present the ticket stub of a concurrent exhibition at The National Art Center, Tokyo; Suntory Museum of Art; or Mori Art Museum (Art Triangle Roppongi).
  • Students, faculty and staff, of “Campus Members”, can apply for group discounts.
  • Credit card (UC, Master Card, VISA, JCB, AMEX, Diners Club, DISCOVER) , e-cash (Suica, PASMO, ICOCA, etc.), iD, J-Debit and Union Pay are available for purchasing tickets.
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