20-23 September 2012 - Culture Flow

Spending a weekend in Budapest to take in the sweeping rhythm of its cultural pulse is well worth the time.
Budapest became a metropolis during the last decades of the 19th century. The first underground railway on the continent was built here, the city boasted the most modern opera house in the world, Andrássy Street evolved as the Hungarian Champs Elysees and the ‘Körút' as the Grand Ring Road downtown, Ferenc Liszt's Academy of Music churned out musical geniuses, while turn of the century literature and fine arts defined the city's intellectual image, and continue to resound to this day. A century later, having shaken off the yoke of 20th century dictatorships, the city is starting to recover as a metropolis: the Palace of Arts was built, the Academy of Music is renovated, exhibitions at the Museums garner international attention, and the capital city's theatre scene has never been as intensive as today.

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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LUDWIG MUSEUM

Robert Mapplethorpe
May 24 to September 30, 2012

Robert Mapplethorpe, one of the most important artists of 20th century photography took his inspiration from antique and renaissance sculpture for his characteristically toned black and white photos, which mostly depict celebrities, portraits of men and women, bizarre sexual situations or artistic still lives with flowers. The Ludwig Museum's exhibition presents a representative selection from the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation's collection in New York, which outlines this exceptional artist's life-work, which was not without scandal.

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

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 1,500 otherwise.

The National Dance Theatre offers more than just shows: the Gallery hosts the temporary exhibitions of excellent Hungarian artists, and the Kerengő Gallery welcomes visitors to regular photography exhibitions. • INFO: National Dance Theatre