- 16 Jan 2023 2:26 PM
While the Hungarian National Gallery can give you a great overview of Hungarian art history, you can't beat a refreshing delve into the more contemporary art scene in Budapest - here's a top selection of galleries:
Deák Erika Galéria - pictured above at top
This is one of Budapest’s most established galleries, running since 1998, located in the VI district on Mozsár street 1.
It showcases a wide range of artists from local to international artists, some painting on canvas to multi and mixed media projects. It also collaborates with other galleries from time to time when it comes to putting on exhibitions.
Location: VIII district, Víg street 22.
This micro-gallery is a blink and miss it place tucked in behind the Rákóczi Market. The gallery is barely a room, and usually has an artist in resident who works in the space.
Even if the gallery is not closed, you can wander past the storefront and catch a glimpse of the exhibit. It features artists from Hungary and abroad, and due to its small space, only one artist at a time.
Location: VI district, Király utca 34.
Open for over 10 years, Inda Galéria sells and promotes contemporary art in all forms of media, from painting to photography, even installations and video art.
Exhibitions are curated here by in-house art historians who combine work from well-known and respected Hungarian artists to international ones.
The gallery has also participated in a number of international art fairs, making its collection one that appeals to international buyers and collectors.
Budapest Art Factory
Location: XIII district, Vizafogó street 2.
Budapest Art Factory is a unique space. Its collective of Hungarian artists have set up their painting studios inside an old, dilapidated factory in the city suburbs from spring to autumn.
While the BAF hold exhibitions and events, the artworks can be seen by appointment. Usually the Budapest Art Factory also brings in an artist of residence for a month from abroad.
Resident Art Budapest
Location: VI district, Andrássy street 33.
Tucked up in an apartment on Andrássy Avenue, Resident Art Budapest is not only a gallery, but also organises art tours round the city, so if you need a guide to the best kept secrets in the Budapest contemporary art scene, these are your guys.
The showroom was established to showcase contemporary Hungarian artists, particularly those who are up and coming, but it also serves as an artistic base from which to start the tours.
Budapest Art Quarter
Location: XXII district, Nagytétényi street 48-50.
On the other end of the city, in the Budafok neighbourhood, Budapest Art Quarter is an impressive set up in an old brewery.
Similar to Budapest Art Factory, the Budapest Art Quarter is a collective of artists, occasionally hosting events and vernissages to showcase the group’s, or guest artists’, work.
The space itself is also impressive, making it well worth a visit.
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