This exhibit shows the finest Art Nouveau pieces from the collection of the Museum of Applied Arts. In addition to Hungarian, British, Austrian and French styles of Art Nouveau are also presented. Visitors will get a glimpse into typical bourgeois Hungarian homes of the turn of the century that often featured Zsolnay ceramics, glass works by Tiffany, and jewellery by Lalique.
Budapest Events Calendar
Concerts, exhibitions, and other upcoming events in Budapest.
Seder plates by Herend Porcelain ManufactoryTemporary Exhibition
The exhibit highlights two dozen ornate seder plates made for wealthy Hungarian Jews by the famed Herend Porcelain Manufactory. If you view the plate's illustrations carefully, you can trace the increasing assimilation of Jews into Hungary. The Hungarian Jewish Museum is attached to the Dohány Street Synagogue, and your admission ticket to the synagogue (HUF 4,000) includes access to this exhibit.
During the reign of Hungary's Renaissance King, Matthias Corvinus, the city of Buda became a center of learning and arts. He hired Italian scribes and illuminators to work on what ultimately became his 2000-piece library, the Corvina, famous throughout Europe and only rivaled by that of the Vatican. This temperature-controlled exhibit is the first time when almost 50 of Matthias' codices are displayed together. Open Tue-Sat, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Painter Lajos Vajda (1908–1941) was a groundbreaking artist during the Hungarian avant-garde. This must-see exhibit takes place in Szentendre, a village near Budapest where Vajda spent much of his short life (it takes less than an hour to get to from Budapest by public transport). The show is the most ambitious retrospective on Vajda's work to date, featuring almost 150 works.
Hungarians on the Silk RoadTemporary Exhibition
The exhibit follows the explorations and discoveries of two Hungarian-born archeologists - Béla Széchenyi and Aurél Stein - in Central Asia. Stein is best known for purchasing the world's oldest printed text that were hidden in a Buddhist cave in Western China. The show features plenty of photos, manuscripts, and maps from their travels.
Agnes Denes: Visual Philosophy 1968-2018Art Gallery Exhibition
Agnes Denes (1931, Budapest) is a Hungarian-born American conceptual artist based in New York. She's best known as the creator of New York City's famous artwork, “Wheatfield — A Confrontation,” a two-acre wheat field flanked by skyscrapers that was planted in 1982 on a landfill. The current show, hosted by Budapest's leading contemporary gallery, acb, will present Denes' wide-ranging works over the past five decades.
A contemporary of Lajos Vajda (who also happens to have a major retrospective right now, in Szentendre - see above), Dezső Korniss was another seminal figure of the Hungarian avant-garde. Through 200 works, the show traces Korniss’s brilliant technique and diverse artistic periods, which were inspired by Hungarian folk art.
Conceptual paintings and graphic arts by Gábor Attalai. Inspired by Marcel Duchamp, in the 1970s Attalai covered his works in a thin layer of red coating, thereby reflecting on the communist political climate of the time, but also exploring deeper possibilities.
If you're curious about some of the leading local musicians outside of the mainstream, don't miss this avant-garde jam session by Hungarian guitarist and drummer duo. This concert will be part of the event series that commemorate the closing of Kék Ló, a well-known underground bar in Budapest.
Award-winning Hungarian painter Imre Bukta (b. 1952) is somewhat of a bad boy of the contemporary local art scene. His works often reflect, both playfully and poignantly, on the hopeless and marginalized lives of many Hungarians in the countryside. Bukta's shows tend to generate lots of public interest, which is likely to be the case at this opening event too, at 7 p.m. on January 24th (it will also feature a performance). The gallery is open on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 6. p.m., and on Saturdays from 10-1.
Parno Graszt (H)concert
If you're looking for sizzling hot, original roma music, look no further. Parno Graszt is one of the most authentic groups, with both a loyal local fanbase and curious people, who come to witness their powerful performance and leave with their jaws dropped to the floor.
11 Years of LavaLava w/ Kevin Saunderson (US)Party
For an all-night, 11-hour electronic music party featuring Detroit techno legend Kevin Saunderson, and a host of leading local DJs, look no further than this boat-turned-concert-venue docked on the Danube.
A fantastic night with lunatic, powerful, and happy music featuring Firkin's new album with their Irish pubsong explosion. It will make you feel like you boarded the wrong plane, and got dropped off in Dublin.
Budapest Trap Squad (H)party
If you are a fan of contemporary mumble hip-hop and triplets speeding up, this will be a night to enjoy with trap, dubstep, riddim, bass house, hardstyle, jump up and all related genres.
The 18th ELECTRIFY event will see the performance of Bristol-based duo Emptyset, whose immersive sound sculptures won’t leave any audience member unscarred. Formerly known as Heatsick, Steven Warwick will present his melancholic dance music ballads, while local AIWA brings dreamy sounds.
No Fun At All (US)concert
'90s skate punk legends No Fun At All took a bit of a nap but then returned to the scene after being absent for about ten years. This will be their first show in Budapest ever, so expect nothing but madness.
Iris Gold (DK), Lake Jons (FI), Great News (NO)concert
In Vienna, the Jajaja festival is a showcase of fresh artists from the northern part of Europe. Now for the first time, Budapest also gets a healthy dose of crispy sonic freshness, with "hippie hop" singer Iris Gold from Denmark, indie-folk heroes, Lake Jons from Finland, and daze-pop masters Great News from Norway will melt the icecap around your heart.
AMP - Free jazz (H)concert
Three acclaimed Hungarian avant-garde musicians (Máté Pozsár, Péter Ajtai, and Szilveszter Miklós) will let their imaginations run wild with the help of a piano, double bass, and drums.
Harcsa Veronika / Gyémánt Bálintconcert
Go see this powerful and adventurous duo of Hungary's leading voice in jazz and beyond, Veronika Harcsa, and longtime on-stage partner, guitarist Bálint Gyémánt. The duo has been playing together and releasing records for many years, building a nuanced, playful musical vocabulary, specific to them.
One of the most unpredictable, ever-renewing orchestras of modern metal is Therapy? from Northern Ireland. They have released a true load of records over the last thirty years. The latest one was just released a few days ago, so, after three years, Therapy? is back again in Budapest with a show the A38 Ship.
Ritka zenekar - Hungarian folk music (H)Concert
Hungarian folk music performed by four current and recent graduates of the Franz Liszt Academy of Music. A violin, viola, and double bass will provide the underpinnings to the vocals.
Two rare Indian instruments played by two outstanding disciples of the 91-year-old sitar legend of Indian classical music, Pandit Arvind Parikh. One of the instruments is the rudra veena, the other the surbahar. Both simulate the deepest ranges of the human voice – two rare instruments with a similar register but different styles.
Spencer Hill Magic BIG Band (H)concert
As you might have guessed, this band is fully dedicated to the looney tunes of the most unviolently violent movies of all time, the epic films of Bud Spencer and Terence Hill. Their shows are legendary for good reason, and now they've raised the bar by inviting four additional musicians to present a new set with fresh arrangements.
John Garcia & The Band of Gold (US)concert
Kyuss and Unida mastermind John Garcia is back again, to present some of his signature desert rock anthems. The singer, who reinvented himself on many occasions since his debut in 1989, will present his full songbook.
Mezei Szilárd - Márkos Albert (H)concert
One of the most powerful concerts last year was the duo of Szilárd Mezei and Albert Márkos at the Újbuda Jazz Festival. A multidimensional trip into the infinite sounds of string instruments, presented by two of the most outstanding improvisers the region can offer. This is one of the highlights of the season, so be sure to be there.
Barabás Lőrinc (H)concert
Lőrinc Barabás trumpeter and composer has recently been touring with three different formations both in Hungary and abroad. Tonight, all three formations will be present at the show.
Industrial legends and multi-directional artist group, Laibach returns to A38 again, for a high-impact gig. Following their travels to North-Korea, the band released their new album, Sound of Music on Mute this November, based on the 1965 drama of Robert Wise. The release brings them to Budapest' A38 Ship, where legendary frontman Ivan Fras will recite his favorite things in his bass tone wearing his pilot cap, strengthened by heavy industrial elements performed by the band.
If you're feeling insomniac, these late-night DJ sets might just be the perfect sessions for you. Four local DJs will take over the basement venue of Három Holló so that you can dance your heart out until the wee hours.
Neneh Cherry (SWE)concert
After a quick mainstream success in the 90ies, legendary jazz pioneer Don Cherry's daughter, Neneh Cherry is on the most powerful creative height of her career in the last couple years. After a colossal album with jazz powerhouse The Thing, where they covered everything from jazz classics to MF Doom, now she is back with her new album Broken Politics, produced by Four Tet.
The Young Gods (CH)concert
One of the most important formations in the field of industrial electronica Swiss The Young Gods will return to Hungary after many years. The more than thirty-year-old band will release its new album in February, and they'll arrive presenting it at the A38 Ship on April 3.
Sun Ra Arkestra directed by Marshall Allen (US)concert
This one already looks like the most important show in Budapest in 2019. The legendary Sun Ra, after passing away and returning to planet Saturn, left his band behind. The living members are true keepers of his legacy - like Marshall Allen, who is still rocking steady at the age of 94! Don't miss this rare occasion to travel with this sonic spaceship through the history of jazz.