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Art Nouveau – a Hungarian perspective
14 September 2018 –

After several years of closure, the György Ráth Villa of the Museum of Applied Arts (1068 Budapest, Városligeti fasor 12.) can be visited again from 14 September 2018, where a new permanent exhibition titled Art Nouveau – a Hungarian Perspective, displaying the finest selection of the Museum of Applied Arts’ Art Nouveau collection, can be visited.

Three decisive schools of Art Nouveau, the British, the Austrian and the French are presented in interiors. The Art Nouveau dining room and sitting room allow the visitors a glimpse into Hungarian homes of the turn of the century. In the display cases Zsolnay ceramics, glass works by Tiffany and Gallé, and jewellery by Lalique can be admired. Bugatti’s exclusive pieces of furniture reveal the influence of Oriental art whereas the inspiring role of the Transylvanian roots and of the national past can be seen in the Hungarian art of the turn of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

The Art Nouveau interiors of the Ráth Villa in Városligeti fasor provide an authentic environment for the exhibition. The former picture gallery and the reconstruction of the historic style dining room remind us of the excellent bourgeois art collector, the first director of the Museum of Applied Arts, György Ráth (1828–1905), born 190 years ago. Completed with paintings and some interesting artworks from his collection, the approximately 600 exhibits represent all genres of the applied arts. Some of the freshly restored items have never before been exhibited because of their state of repair. It is above all the chandeliers that provide a phenomenal sight.

The works of two contemporary glass artists, inspired by Art Nouveau, guarantee that in accordance with Ráth’s mentality the past and present are equally represented in the villa. According to our intentions both historic and contemporary artworks will be shown in future temporary exhibitions.

The present permanent exhibition is complemented with specialist and subjective guided tours, as well as by lectures, workshops and museum educational programmes.

Senior curator: Hilda Horváth
Curator: Ildikó Pandur
Assistant to the senior curator: Gabriella Balla



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