29 November – 2 December 2012 - Culture flow

We know from the Buddha and Horace that it is best for man to stick to the golden mean. There are situations, however, when we can relax a bit and let ourselves swept away at unbridled speed. One such situation is when you visit Budapest and are swept away by the Hungarian capital's irresistible cultural flow.

Extraordinary productions of classical music and dance, entertaining musicals and unique exhibitions make up for the cultural flow that is well worth immersing in. The word "flow" means more than just a simple motion: it applies to the state of happiness that is hardly attainable without a little help from the arts. If you are looking for rare classical opera or experimental music theatre, if special jazz concerts or musicals are your thing, if you are interested in showings by world-famous artists or wish to be immersed in the past at an exhibition, all you need to do is tune into Budapest's cultural flow, which resembles the flowing water of the Danube.

PALACE OF ARTS

Friday, 30 November
Yuri Temirkanov and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra

Prokofiev: Classical symphony, op. 25
Ravel: Piano Concerto for the Left Hand
Dvoržak: Symphony no. 7 in G Major, op. 88 (B 163)
Featuring: Elisso Virsaladze – piano
Conducted by: Yuri Temirkanov

Tickets: 16900 HUFINFO: Palace of Arts

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MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS

Take a Highlights Tour at the Museum of Fine Arts Budapest

Don't miss one of the most significant collections of European Art between Vienna and St. Petersburg! Enjoy a one-hour overview of the Museum's treasures with our art historians. On display are splendid paintings by Raphael, El Greco, Velázquez, Rembrandt, Tiepolo, Goya, Manet, Monet, Toulouse-Lautrec, Cézanne and Chagall among many others.
Heroes' Square, Budapest
Open: Tues-Sun 10 am-5.30 pm

Tickets: HUF 1800INFO: Museum of Fine Arts

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MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS

October 25, 2012 – February 17, 2013
Cézanne and the Past. Tradition and Creation

In our exhibition, entitled Cézanne and the Past. Tradition and Creation, to open in 2012, we wish to present an overview of Paul Cézanne's oeuvre and his approach to the past through some ninety to one hundred paintings, drawings and watercolours. The aim of our exhibition is to analyse the complexity of Cézanne's relationship to the art of the past. The display will provide an insight into the development of the master's entire oeuvre, from the beginning of his career in the 1860's until his death in 1906. In addition to exploring how Cézanne integrated the culture of Provence into his art along with the classical education that he received during his youth and how the artworks he saw in museums could influence his own art, the exhibition and the accompanying catalogue will seek to show our visitors how, out of the studies and struggles of an artist, could emerge such a significant oeuvre, that brought tradition under its control and triumphed over it.

Tickets: HUF 3200INFO: Museum of Fine Arts

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MADÁCH THEATRE

Thursday - Sunday 29 November-2 December
Andrew Lloyd Webber: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA

The Madách Theatre is the first theatre in the world to win the right to stage its own „non-replica" version of Andrew Lloyd Webber's smash hit musical The Phantom of the Opera. This extraordinary theatrical event was first staged on 30 May 2005. Any of the following performances are able to enjoy this unique masterpiece in a totally new interpretation, with new stage design, costumes and choreography.

Since the Hungarian premiere the musical has run more than 660 times!

Tickets: HUF 6200INFO: Madách Theatre

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LUDWIG MUSEUM

The Collection of the Ludwig Museum – Museum of Contemporary Arts

The Ludwig Museum – Museum of Contemporary Arts is an institution that looks back on a history of two decades, and collects, safekeeps as well as displays works of art created from the sixties until today. The select and dynamically developing collection is based on the 1989 donation of the Ludwig couple, and its Central-Eastern European character is its specialty, i.e. the fact that it puts the spotlight on artistic performance from the past half century in a region with a peculiar historical and cultural context.

Combined admission: HUF 1800 / person
Combined admission to the highlighted exhibition (Robert Mapplethorpe) HUF 2200/person
Guided tours by preliminary arrangement: exclusive guided tours in English, German, French, Italian up to 10 persons: HUF 6000
Above 10 persons: HUF 600 / person
INFO: Ludwig Museum

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HUNGARIAN NATIONAL MUSEUM

Collections Uncovered

Any museum warehouse hides countless secrets and curiosities, and they are never easy to get into. Except for now! The Hungarian National Museum is proud to present the warehouse of its glass, ceramics and china collection, where visitors will not only have the chance to view artistically ornamented objects of outstanding significance, but also to take a look at the process of collecting for a museum.

Admission, including guided tour: HUF 2700 / personINFO: Hungarian National Museum

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HUNGARIAN NATIONAL MUSEUM

Be Surrounded By A Thousand Years of History

You can immerse yourself in the thousand year history of the Magyars in Hungary's grandest classicist palace. There are twenty richly appointed exhibition rooms where you can see the Byzantine Monomachos crown, Sigmund of Luxembourg's finely decorated bone saddles, the clavichord Mozart took on the road, Beethoven and Liszt's piano, Sissy's dress and the tear the fatal knife stab left on it, and one of the mournful mementos of the 20th century – a piece of the ‘iron curtain' from the border between East and West.

Admission, including guided tour: HUF 2700 / personINFO: Hungarian National Museum

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NATIONAL DANCE THEATRE

Evenings at the Dance Theatre in the Heart of Buda's Castle District

Castle Theatre is not only a World Heritage site but also a venue for all kinds of dance from folk dance to modern dance to tango, offering something for everyone in a wide palette of shows.
The Castle Theatre building is the only one of its kind built in the 18th Century in Hungary that is still used as an art venue. The former Carmelite Monastery was converted into a theatre and casino at the request of Joseph II. The works were carried out to the plans of Wolfgang von Kempelen, the designer of chess-playing automaton ‘The Turk'.
Before the show starts, visitors can take part in a rare walk behind the scenes, where they are introduced to the history of this old building.
(Subject to minimum attendance of 10)

Admission: free with a ticket to a performance, HUF 1500 otherwise.INFO: National Dance Theatre