Renoir's Dance at Le Moulin de la Galette (Bal du moulin de la Galette), 1876, Musée d'Orsay - Photo: Wikipedia

Renoir, Csontvary, Gulacsy exhibitions in Budapest in 2023

The Budapest Museum of Fine Arts will host a large-scale Renoir exhibition and a show celebrating Hungary's Tivadar Csontvary-Kosztka while the National Gallery will present an exhibition of the oeuvre of Lajos Gulacsy this year, the director general of the two museums said on Tuesday.
22. March 2023 6:02

The Renoir exhibition opening on September 21 and focusing on the French Impressionist master’s human figure paintings will be the first ever comprehensive show hosted by Budapest, Laszlo Baan told a press conference.

“The idea of the exhibition was borne in 2019 when the Fine Arts Museum was able to purchase Renoir’s Reclining Female Nude painting and enrich with this masterpiece its own collection,” he said. It will be put on display along with two other female nude paintings made by Renoir between 1903 and 1907, Baan added. He said the exhibition was made possible by several years of organisation in collaboration with the Musee d’Orsay and Musee de l’Orangerie.

Another major exhibition opening in the Fine Arts Museum on April 13 will celebrate the 170th birth anniversary of renowned Hungarian painter Tivadar Csontvary-Kosztka (1853-1919), Baan said. It will present over 40 titles including his major works such as the Ruins of the Theatre of Taormina, Waterfall at Jajce, Pilgrimage to the Cedars in Lebanon and his emblematic oil-on-canvas The Lonely Cedar inspired by his trips to the Middle East.

The third, retrospective exhibition opening in the Hungarian National Gallery on April 6 will feature some 200 works including 84 paintings by Lajos Gulacsy (1882-1932), one of the most unique figures of 20th-century Hungarian art. The titles on display include Magic, Dante Meeting with Beatrice, Paolo and Francesca, Sunday Afternoon in Como and Na’Conxypan, the country Gulacsy had in his imagination. Besides the many well-known masterpieces, visitors can view several recently identified works, drawings and illustrations, and photographs taken of him.

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