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


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 - February 28 (Fri.), 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
This exhibition has closed on February 28 (Fri.) in compliance with the government's request of NACT’s closure until further notice.
We deeply apologize to all who were hoping to visit the exhibition by March 16 (Mon.) and during the extension period that had been planned until March 29 (Sun.), with the understanding and cooperation of the Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest and the Hungarian National Gallery, and all other parties involved.
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.
Inquiries +81(0)3-5777-8600 (Hello Dial)

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Lectures by the exhibition curator

Date/Time 7 February (Fri.) 2020, 18:00 - 18:45(doors open at 17:30)
21 February (Fri.) 2020, 14:00 - 14:45(doors open at 13:30)
Venue The National Art Center, Tokyo, 3F Auditorium
Speaker Ayako Miyajima (Curator, The National Art Center, Tokyo)

*Lectures will be held only in Japanese.
*Admission is free but an exhibition ticket for this exhibition is required (discounted ticket accepted).
*No registration required, first-come first-served basis. (Limited to 260)
*Time and content may change without prior notice.