Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest

We had to be in Budapest in early March and took advantage of our few days there to visit the Museum of Fine arts.

A gorgeous exhibition, “Japonisme”, was on display to celebrate the 150th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Japan and Hungary. The exhibit highlighted the influence of Japanese woodcuts on the west and, more specifically, on artists in the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy.

The museum was built in the beginning of the 20th century and had different exhibition halls, Renaissance, Michelangelo, Romanesque.

The latter has been closed off to visitors for over 70 years in spite of being the most ornate part of the interior of the museum. That hall was severely damaged during World War II and served as a storage and warehouse, only partially visible to some museum staff.

The Romanesque Hall was finally restored between 2015 and 2018, with many artisans and artists working to bring it back to its former glory.

Nous devions aller à Budapest au début du mois de mars et en avons profité pour visiter le musée des beaux-arts

Une belle exposition, “Japonisme”, avait été mise sur pied pour célébrer les 150 ans de relations diplomatiques entre le Japon et la Hongrie. Cette exposition illustrait l’influence de la gravure sur bois japonaise sur l’Occident et, plus spécifiquement, les artistes de la monarchie austro-hongroise.

Le musée a été construit au début du 20e siècle et comprend différentes salles, Renaissance, Michel-Ange, Romane.

Cette dernière, bien que la plus ornée du musée, a été fermée au public pendant 70 ans. Cette salle avait été fortement endommagée lors de la deuxième guerre mondiale et avait servi de lieu de stockage, visible partiellement seulement pour le personnel du musée.

La salle romane a finalement restaurée entre 2015 et 2018 et un grand nombre d’artistes et artisans l’ont ramenée à sa gloire passée.

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