Temporary exhibitions closing on 15 March


On 15 March, a number of exciting temporary exhibitions are closing in our museums. The Kiscell Museum - Municipal Gallery awaits visitors with 'Shine - Fashion and Glamour' as well as the solo exhibitions of Vera Molnar and Ottó Vincze, while the Castle Museum's exhibition, 'Mainly Medieval' presents a selection of recent archaeological finds. The Budapest Gallery has two photo exhibitions on view until Sunday. Don't miss them!

The following exhibtions of the Budapest History Museum's member institutions are closing on 15 March: 

New founds of archaeological excavations from 2018 
Budapest History Museum - Castle Museum

Each year, the Medieval Department of the Budapest History Museum hosts an exhibition consisting of a selection of the most interesting finds from the previous year's excavations. Held for the fourth time in 2020, 'Mainly Medieval' presents items that are placed in the showcases almost directly from the conservator's desk. Their full scientific research has not been completed or only just begun, as they were underground a year and a half ago. Certainly, beautiful and interesting pieces are left out, since they are still packed in bags, but most of the material is on display. 

Fashion and Glamour
Budapest History Museum - Kiscell Museum

The tail of Queen Elizabeth's wedding gown, Hungarian showgirl Ilona Medveczky's stage dress, or USE designer pieces: they all shine and, furthermore, have different meanings. The ever-changing garments and fashion are basic tools of human communication; the need to differentiate ourselves from others is one of the main factors behind the way we dress. Fabrics, accessories, and ornaments, while attracting attention and representing values, play a crucial role in that regard. Everything that glitters, and therefore attracts the gaze, serves that purpose. By relying on these aspects, the curator and head of the museum's textile collection, Judit Anna Szatmári presents sparkly clothes in various styles from different periods of time.

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The Art of Vera Molnar
Budapest History Museum - Municipal Gallery

Not only is Vera Molnar a pivotal figure of contemporary art, but, ironically, a significant precursor to it. Her imagination has been captured by the relationship of the ‘machine imaginaire,’ a machine replacing the human element, and art as early as the 50s and the 60s. Soon after, she learned how to code and went on with creating computer-generated art, which earned her international recognition and the title of pioneer of computer art.

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!Warning — High Voltage!
Budapest History Museum - Municipal Gallery

From 2015 onwards Kiscell Museum – Municipal Gallery considers it a major principle of its exhibition strategy to willfully reflect upon the museum as a specific space and medium when presenting contemporary art. This work by Ottó Vincze, an artist taking up residence in Szentendre, creates a cross-referential contexture from the special linguistic registers of the operation of the museum as a specialized institution and the technical terms of energetics, meanwhile evokes the network of overhead high voltage transmission lines crisscrossing the country – calling attention to the dangers of the clutter of uninsulated cables decimating the bird population.

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Budapest History Museum - Budapest Gallery

The exhibition deals with the phenomena of homelessness and transience, the no-man’s-land which lies between the necessity of leaving one’s home and the desire to return, a place where too many people are forced to live. There are many reasons why people lose what they had thought to have been a secure world or never even have any sense of security, but for many, this loss or this state is a fundamental experience which has left a deep, life-defining imprint that has been part of their lives since birth.

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Greetings From My New Home
Budapest History Museum - Budapest Gallery

The point of departure for Lilla Szász’s photographic project Greetings From My New Home is the story of the retornados, the nearly 800,000 Portuguese citizens who were resettled from Portuguese colonies in Africa (Angola, Mozambique, Guinea-Bissau, Cape Verde and São Tomé e Príncipe) to Portugal in and around 1975.

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