06 Sep 2010

Mûcsarnok Kunsthalle Budapest

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

Műcsarnok is an exhibition hall in Hungary for the contemporary arts. Conceived on the model of the German Kunsthalles, the neo-Renaissance building was erected in 1896, for the country’s Millennial celebrations.

Its mission is to mediate, present and influence Hungarian and international trends and phenomena in the contemporary visual arts. At five to six major exhibitions annually – including many that are groundbreaking in the East-Central European region (Luc Tuymans’ Retrospective; The Leipzig Phenomenon, What’s Up? – A panorama of Contemporary Hungarian Art; Thomas Ruff’ Retrospective; Mi Vida – Heaven and Hell – The MUSAC’s collection in Budapest, Markus Schinwald) – the Műcsarnok presents renowned local and foreign contemporary artists

Műcsarnok is an active meeting point and creative centre for contemporary culture and art that deals with the cultural and social environment.

As a progressive exhibition gallery, it does not only bring to the audience artistic propositions that are relevant and interesting, but also make every effort to provide the viewers with modern and exciting facilities that enable the in-depth exploration of the displays.

The exhibition program of Ernst Museum, part of Műcsarnok, is also shaped in this spirit: it hosts projects – thematic solo and group exhibitions – that reflect on the social and urban environment quickly and flexibly.

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