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He Műcsarnok (“art hall”) was founded in 1877 on the initiative of the Hungarian National Fine Arts Association.

The original building was situated at 69–71 Andrássy Street, now home to the University of Fine Arts. 

The exhibition hall on Heroes’ Square was erected in 1896 for the millennium celebrations, and was designed by Albert Schikedanz. Today the hall operates on the pattern of the German Kunsthalle: it is an institution run by artists that does not maintain its own collection. 

The three-bayed, semi-circular apse houses a roofed exhibition hall that allows in light through the roof. 

Since the building was renovated in 1995 the Műcsarnok has welcomed visitors and leading Hungarian and international contemporary artists alike, mediating and representing modern artistic tendencies whilst not maintaining its own permanent collection. Government partner: Ministry of Education and Culture

Műcsarnok Revamped

Ever since its establishment at the end of the 19th century, Kunsthalle has been the centre of contemporary Hungarian fine art, and a key institution in canon-formation. It is a national institution with the mission of exhibiting the most significant trends of both contemporary Hungarian and international fine art in Budapest. 

The art centre at Heroes’ Square in Budapest is open to the whole spectrum of Hungarian visual culture. It operates strictly according to the principle of aesthetic value, without any constraint of ideology or age. Besides organising exhibitions,programs involving other art forms, and academic conferences, Kunsthalle’s publishing activity is significant as well.


Gábor Fodor

Time and Art

In the Palace of Art it is the present that speaks to us. In its dynamism, its changing constancy, constant variety. Running a race against time, time never conquering. The art of the present, understood in a wide sense and not the eternity-absorbed art of times long past. The present speaking to the present. Within the walls of this building, exhibition to exhibition, the works of art transmute time into space.

In the Palace of Art we come face to face with our world, with the age that we live in, and simultaneously with ourselves. The entirety of our human existence is revealed to us in the medium of art. Whether we receive it’s messages or not, we are addressed from within and without our borders by the works of artists. It is our world the works take stock of, its beauty and horror, its gradations and fragmentation’s, its complexity and multicolored diversity. In their mysterious way, the works of art are looking at us just as we look at them. We judge them, and they judge us in return.

The primary resource of the Palace Art is perhaps defiance. The exhibitions – espe-cially those of past decades – defied all manner of official cultural policies, instructions and requirements of party politics. The institution has maintained its autonomy, while its only standard has always been artistic merit. To appear within its walls was an indicator of status and an honor for Hungarian as well as foreign artists. It strove not to give preferential treatment to any particular stylistic trend, the objective of its pluralistic exhibition policy was to show as many aspects of contemporary art as possible.

The Palace of Art keeps us in touch with the currents of the visual arts worldwide. Its great that we cannot step into the same river twice, as that allows us always to meet new values. I wish the Palace of Art further success and numerous supporters. I hope that with the exhibition of these works they will provide memorable experiences to many.

fonte: @edisonmariotti #edisonmariotti

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