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Concerts, exhibitions, and other upcoming events in Budapest we're excited about.

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What is it?

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.

What is it?

To mark the 120th anniversary of the birth of Andor Weininger, a Hungarian student, band leader, and later teacher at the Bauhaus school in Germany, this exhibit features Weininger's geometric and abstract paintings and sketches. There are also a few pieces by Weininger's Hungarian contemporaries at the Bauhaus, including those of László Moholy-Nagy.

What is it?

Celebrating the Bauhaus school's centenary, this show explores how the utopian visions of Bauhaus have shaped 20th century and contemporary art. This exhibit isn't an introduction about the Bauhaus, rather, it traces the school's enduring influence through works of contemporary artists.

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Photography: Every Past Is My Past

Temporary Exhibition
What is it?

A selection of 300 photos sourced from the massive archive of Fortepan, a digitalized photo platform. Local Hungarians captured these images, which show memorable moments over Hungary's 20th century from their own perspective.

What is it?

Known as the champion of found photography, Dutch artist Erik Kessels adds a new layer or twist to already existing, discarded photos, lending them novel meaning. Apart from hundreds of photos, this show also features a video and a photography book specifically about Budapest. Open daily from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. and closed on Monday.

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PYGMALION

Art Gallery Exhibition
What is it?

This show examines the power of expectation, also known as the "Pygmalion effect," especially as it relates to its harmful effects—how unwanted, but ostensibly humorous or ironic remarks can negatively impact people's self-esteem. The exhibited works explore how such instances affect girls and young women in particular.

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Leopold Bloom Award Finalists (H)

Temporary Exhibition
What is it?

As part of the permanent exhibit of the Ludwig Museum of Contemporary Art are displayed each of the six finalist works of the Leopold Bloom award, which is designed to support the career of young Hungarian artists. 2019 finalists are Zsolt Asztalos, Sári Ember (winner), Krisztina Erdei, Áron Kútvölgyi-Szabó, Zsolt Molnár, and Kata Tranker.

What is it?

Father of Frida Kahlo, Guillermo Kahlo was an important German Mexican photographer, documenting Mexico in the beginning of the 20th century. He specialized in architectural landmarks and churches, but of the 56 works in total there are also a couple of photos on display showing his famous daughter, Frida.

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Furnishing the meaning

Art Gallery Exhibition
What is it?

Photographic works of three young Hungarian artists: Adél Koleszár, Liza Szabó, Boglárka Éva Zellei. The images cover a range of themes, including violence in Mexico, the odd rituals of new-age Christian communities, and a visual representation of classic idioms.

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Robert Capa, the photojournalist

Temporary Exhibition
What is it?

The exhibit shows almost 50 images made by Robert Capa, the legendary Hungarian-born war photographer. The works include a photo capturing a speech of Trotsky that Capa made on one of his first assignments, and plenty of images from war zones around the world.

What is it?

Based on the collection of Centre Pompidou, this large-scale temporary exhibition in the Hungarian National Gallery documents the main trends of the Surrealist movement through the works of its central figures, including Salvador Dalí, Max Ernst, Joan Miró, Yves Tanguy, René Magritte, Pablo Picasso and Francis Picabia. Surrealist photography is represented by Man Ray and Brassaï.

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Lights of a humid Wednesday afternoon

Art Gallery Exhibition
What is it?

One of Budapest's leading galleries presents the works of five of their artists: Levente Bálványos, Dóra Juhász, Péter Kiss, Benjámin Nagy, and Andrea Werner. There are installations, paintings, and photography. The curator of the show highlights the parallels between these contemporary objects and famous early-modernist artworks.

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TAMÁS KIRÁLY. OUT OF THE BOX.

Temporary Exhibition
What is it?

Tamás Király (1952–2013) was a visionary Hungarian fashion designer who came of age in the early 1980s, within Budapest's underground art circles. His clothes were at once costumes, mobile sculptures, and futuristic transformations. Fashion, in his view, was at the intersection of film, theater, performance, and art.

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Wednesday Jam at Pontoon

concert
What is it?

Every Wednesday, Pontoon hosts a series of events where the youngest generation of local musicians get a chance to show off their skills to throngs of guests happily drinking away in the sunset glow. If you're into eternal moody jams, look no further than the Danube's bank.

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Dork Invites

party
What is it?

Half of the prestigious Technokunst crew, Dork has her own Summer nights at Larm, where carefully selected guests are playing alongside her mostrous, vinyl-only sets. Her record collection is legendary, full of rarities, so make sure to not miss this night.

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Lick The Click Sunburst (H)

party
What is it?

In 2011, the Lick The Click crew (Isu, Chrom, Crimson) got tired of going on a summer hiatus with their weekly parties, so they decided to give the Sunburst parties a try on Saturday afternoons at the A38 terrace. The event became a hot sensation, and they are now in their 9th season. Note that the party really does kick off at 2 p.m.

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Sunday Sessions: Palotai (H)

concert
What is it?

Godfather of Hungarian DJs, Zsolt Palotai is definitely one of the people with the greatest musical knowledge in Hungary. His record collection includes 10,000+ records, and his workspace is a living organism of burned CDs with some of the most up-to-date tunes in every possible genre. His rollercoaster of styles and vibes is the best thing to happen on an evening when he isn't busy researching music.

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Neurosis (US), Yob (US)

concert
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After 20 years, Neurosis is finally back in Budapest. No wonder the event first sold out in 20 hours, now in a larger venue there are still only a handful of tickets left. If you are a fan of heavy music, you already know what to expect from the the kings of gloomy sounds, and most likely you already have your ticket.

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Soma Nóvé solo acoustic (H)

concert
What is it?

One of the most gifted singer of his generation - and bandleader of psychedelic-rock band Middlemist Red - Soma Nóvé plays a range of genres including Hungarian folk rock on the Danube's bank. Free admission.

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Kutyára Yeah!

Music concert
What is it?

Weekly vinyl-only jazz night with Hungarian drummer, world traveler, record-collector Balázs Pándi. If you want to hear rare Sun Ra 7”s from the '50s, obscure euro-jazz, vocal jazz from the '20s about smoking weed, or just some classics, you'd better not miss this weekly club.

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Deerhunter (US)

concert
What is it?

Atlanta-based dream pop/indie rock band Deerhunter play their first ever Budapest show on A38 Ship, as part of their new album's tour. 'Why Hasn't Everything Already Disappeared?', released in early 2019 is as thrilling, haunting, and unpredictable as anything in Deerhunter's roughly 15-year career - a science fiction album about the present, as the band names it. We can say without exaggeration that one of the dreamiest audio-roadtrips will take place on A38 Ship this August.