Budapest Events Calendar

Concerts, exhibitions, and other upcoming events in Budapest.

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What is it?

Hungarian and Estonian languages share a Finno-Ugric origin, even if Hungary and Estonia are thousands of kilometers from each other. This show examines the parallels and differences of the Baltic and Central-European historical experiences, and how they are presently manifested, with both countries being part of the EU. Leading contemporary artists from both countries address these weighty matters.

What is it?

Almost 90 paintings devoted to heavyweights of the School of London, including Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Frank Auerbach, and Leon Kossoff - this show presents a history of British figurative painting from the early 20th century to the present day. The show is the result of a collaboration between the Hungarian National Gallery and Tate Britain, where most of the exhibited works come from.

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Seder plates by Herend Porcelain Manufactory

Temporary Exhibition
What is it?

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.

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Bibliotheca Corvina

Temporary Exhibition
What is it?

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.

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Lajos Vajda - Between Worlds (H)

Temporary Exhibition
What is it?

Hungarian painter Lajos Vajda (1908–1941) was one of the most prominent and evolutionary members of the Hungarian avant-garde. This must-see exhibit takes place in Szentendre, a small Danubian village near Budapest where Vajda spent much of his short life (it takes less than an hour to get to from downtown Budapest by public transport). The show is the most ambitious retrospective on Vajda's work to date, featuring almost 150 works.

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OFFSPACE - Zsófi Barabás (HU) & Jussi Niva (FI)

Art Gallery Exhibition
What is it?

This dual exhibition will present works of Zsófi Barabás (Hungary) and Jussi Niva (Finland), both of them deeply talented abstract painters with a penchant for unusual colours and textures. Barabás and Niva, who's known as the enfant terrible of contemporary Finnish art, will jointly experiment with the limitless opportunities space and materials.

What is it?

Through five 20-minute films, filmmaker Manuel F Contreras explores how communism and other repressive political systems in the 70’s and 80’s set off a multi-directional migration between Latin America and Hungary. The films trace how individual stories become mere political issues at the state level. In Spanish with English subtitles. Open daily from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday.

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Agnes Denes: Visual Philosophy 1968-2018

Art Gallery Exhibition
What is it?

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.

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Júlia Vécsei: Presence (H)

Art Gallery Exhibition
What is it?

Kisterem, a leading contemporary art gallery in Budapest, presents Júlia Vécsei's (b. 1976) figurative and abstract drawings and installations. Her conceptual work explores the nature of permanence and the hidden structures of presence.

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Patron - Christmas art sale

Art sale
What is it?

The Studio of Young Artists’ Foundation (FKSE) hosts its annual Christmas sale where you'll be able to browse over 160 artworks done by the best and the brightest Hungarian up-and-coming painters, illustrators, and graphic designers. Open from Tuesdays to Saturdays 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. (4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays).

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Contemporary Hungarian Art Fair - Christmas Sale 2018

Art fair
What is it?

Resident Art Budapest, one the city's leading galleries, brings together this art fair focused on up-and-coming local artists. Over a hundred works - ranging from graphics to painting - will be available for sale. If you're curious about the local art scene, and looking to pick up some pieces on the cheap, this is time! Open daily from noon to 6 p.m.

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Pablo Bolívar all night long (ES)

party
What is it?

Aktrecords, one of the best record stores in Budapest, will celebrate Christmas the way only the true lovers of the low-end would do: a special Xmas party featuring an all-night set by Spanish techno ambassador Pablo Bolívar. He has quite a history with the local techno community. Add the best VJs of Budapest to the mix, Kiégő Izzók, and you have a night where you can't drink enough to forget even a split second.

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Víg Mihály (H)

concert
What is it?

A solo show by Mihály Víg on the guitar, and occasionally piano. He is the leader of an iconic Hungarian alternative rock band, Balaton, and also the songwriter to many films direted by Bála Tarr. This solo show is a chance for everyone to enjoy the unique talents and diverse range of musical interest of this versatile artist. Be it gipsy music, melancholic tunes, or Hungarian poetry, if you're looking for a local experience in Budapest, you've found it.

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Duo Montanaro (FR)

concert
What is it?

Miqueu Montanaro is a well-known, Occitan folk musician with roots in Hungary too. Tonight, along with his virtuoso violin-player son, Baltazar, they will let themselves be inspired by folk music traditions of near and far.

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Balaton (HU)

concert
What is it?

A powerful melancholy will fill the air of this downtown underground bar when Balaton takes over the stage. The leader of this iconic alternative rock band, which formed in 1979, is Mihály Víg, bettter known for composing soundtracks to the movies of Béla Tarr. The crowd here consists of bohemian types in their 40s and 50s, who become louder and more passionate as the night progresses. If you're looking for a truly local experience, this is it.

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Kistehén (H)

concert
What is it?

Iconic Hungarian alternative rock band, Kistehén, will bring its heart-wrenching, folk-inspired tunes to the A38 ship. Melancholic some of their songs may be, the mosh pit can still tends to get wild. Never mind that you don't understand their whimsical, surrealist lyrics - the energy of band leader László Kollár-Klemencz will make this a night to remember.

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Lumen Café's Christmas Concert (H)

concert
What is it?

The line-up of Lumen Café's Christmas concert is a surprise, all we know is that the eclectic musical repertoire will include chamber music, Purcell, Kodály, Hungarian rock and jazz, featuring some well-known Hungarian musicians in addition to Lumen's staff members.

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Sun Ra Arkestra under the direction of Marshall Allen (US)

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What is it?

Honestly, this one already looks like the most important show in Budapest in 2019. The legendary, visionary Sun Ra, after passing away and returning to planet Saturn, left his band behind. And the living members are true keepers of his legacy. The band is led by Marshall Allen, who has been playing with the band since the '50s, and who's still rocking steady at the age of 94! Don't miss the rare occasion, to travel with this sonic spaceship all over the history of jazz.