The Royal Palace – the castle of Culture

 

The Royal Palace – the castle of Culture

History of the Buda Castle from 1686 to the present

Permanent exhibition in the Castle Museum of the Budapest History Museum

 

The exhibition is arranged at the levels of the main stair hall along the vertical axis of time. At ground level the construction and transformation of the building can be monitored from the recapture of Budafrom theOttomans to the 1850s. Ondisplay are façade drawings from the collection of the Albertina in Vienna and a privately owned ground-plan which has recently been recovered. The residents and builders of the palace appear in contemporary portraits.

 

A few relics of the one-time decoration and furnishing of the palace and some reconstructed details of the sumptuous interiors conjure up the old times. A 3D animation helps envision the phases of the construction of the palace and on touch-screen displays visitors can make a virtual tour of the perished rooms. Digital picture frames and museum pedagogical stations also await the visitors.

 

Also on display is a unique wall reconstruction of the one-time small throne room wall covering. Parallel with the reconstruction of Schönbrunn Castle, Eschke manufacturers in Germany re-wove the 100% silk crimson court damask for our museum on the basis of material and dye analyses of the original preserved in Vienna’s Hofburg. The installation of the textile was also carried out by a German firm, Andreas Buchele’s, who are specialized in the application of silk wall coverings.

 

The remnants of the palace furnishings were handed over by the castle management to the Hungarian National Gallery in 1948. The gilded armchair and backed chair made in 1854 for the royal audience room are now displayed restored. The museum had identical upholstery woven and carried out the restoration in close imitation of the original.

 

 

One of the main attractions of the exhibition at the first level is the reconstruction of a part of the neo-renaissance Hunyadi room. Under the monumental painting of Gyula Benczúr entitled “King Matthias receiving the legates of the pope” the former neo-renaissance oak panelling was faithfully reconstructed with over a year’s efforts by restorers Gábor Németh, László Nyuli and Fruzsina Papp.

 

The surviving and now restored gilded bronze candelabrum once in the ornamental staircase of the Krisztinaváros wing of the palace has received a pedestal of Upper Austrian marblereconstructed from the original plans that were included in the cost calculations a hundred years ago.  In this way, one may get an idea of Alajos Hauszmann’s original vision of the colour scheme of the stair hall.

 

          

 

Some pieces of furniture and wall brackets once in the white and silver ball room, the largest ceremonial hall in Hungary earlier, are seen for the first time after months of restoration to eliminate the damage caused by the siege of 1945.

 

One of the most intriguing relics of the post-1945 history of the palace is also displayed here: a 4 m wide tempera painting of the socialist realist dome and the building up of Szent György tér in the same style, made by the office of István Janáky. It was put at the disposal of the museum by KÖZTI Architects.