Budapesta An hour at the museum


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The Museum of Applied Arts in Budapest was founded as the third in Europe, following the ones founded in London (1857) and in Vienna. The inauguration of the building took place as the final event of celebrating the millennium, on 25 October 1896.

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  • The Museum of Applied Arts in Budapest was founded as the third in Europe, following the ones founded in London (1857) and in Vienna. The parliament session of 1872 agreed to provide 50.000 Fts for purchasing items of applied arts in the world exhibition made in Vienna in 1873. These items meant to be the basic collection for the museum to be founded. The growing collection was displayed in the staircase of the National Museum. Later the collection was taken into the building of the old art gallery (69 Sugár Road).
  • The opportunity to own a home only came about in 1890. At first a site was purchased (Hőgyes Endre Road) for the museum to be built. Later this site was further extended, and the State wrote out a proposal for designing a modern palace suitable for both the museum and a school of applied arts. Ödön Lechner and Gyula Pártos won the competition, but the actual commission to begin work was only given to them in 1893. The inauguration of the building took place as the final event of celebrating the millennium, on 25 October 1896.
  • Right from the building of the palace fierce disputes were manifested, but its importance in the trend of international secession and in the lifework of Lechner is now an undoubted fact. The building is characterised by the oriental ornamentation of early secession. The harmony of function, high artistic standards and unique forms is secured by modern static structures. The coloured dome adorned with Zsolnay ceramics and the open entrance hall with its wonderful ornaments still make a warm invitation to the visitors. However, these marvellous aesthetic and architectural elements still could not convince the members of the opposing party. That is how the inside paintings (Károly Miksa Reissmann) were drastically limed over by the end of the 1920's (only two rooms survived).
  • World War II also caused many damages in the building. The open entrance hall and the glass hall, the main dome and the corner dome of Hőgyes utca were partly destroyed. Damages of the war were restored in 1949. The museum has most welcomed its visitors in full pomp ever since.
  • The building attracts a lot of attention because of its special look, a great example of an Art Nouveau building. As it was opened in 1872 it was the third Applied Arts museum in Europe, following London and Vienna. What is applied arts? It is objects that have been used in everyday life with special design and aesthetics. That is why you inside this museum can see chairs, cupboards, clocks, tables, chairs and similar objects creating the everyday life of a person.
  • The permanent exhibition is called “Collectors and Treasures” and it shows the history of the museum and presents the people to whom the collections once belonged, and tells the story how the objects ended up in the Museum of Applied Arts. Among the most special objects inside was the clock of the Holy Roman Emperor and Hungarian King Maximilian II from 1566. In the staircases you can see pictures from the time of construction, and through them follow the museum from its early days until its present state today. There are always temporary exhibitions as well (often several at the same time).
  • Vittorio Monti (6 January 1868 20 June 1922) was an Italian composer, violinist, and conductor.Monti was born in Naples where he studied violin and composition at the Conservatorio di San Pietro a Majella.. His only famous work is his Csárdás, written around 1904 and played by almost every gypsy orchestra.
  • Budapesta An hour at the museum

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    2. 2. The Museum of Applied Arts is a museum in Budapest, Hungary.This Art Nouveau building was built between 1893 and 1896 tothe plans of Ödön Lechner and Gyula Pártos. It is one of themost characteristic and most representative forms of Lechnersarchitectural style, featuring Hungarian folk ceramics, includingZsolnay pottery and majolica, also showing Islamic and Hindumotifs (another example of this style is the Geological Institutenot far from City Park).The Museum of Applied Arts has a rich collection of Europeandecorative arts, arranged in the following collections: Collectionof Furniture, Collection of Metalwork, Collection of Textiles,Collection of Ceramics and Glass. In addition, the museum has apublic library collection. The Museum of Applied Arts has two Internet imagebranches: The Hopp Ferenc Museum of Eastern Asiatic Arts andthe Nagytétény Castle Museum.The permanent exhibition, Collectors and Treasures, presents Această clădire uluitoare, proiectată de Ödön Lechner, apieces from the museums collection. Works of art illustrate the fost terminată pentru Expoziţia Milenară (1896). Galeriile,founding and history of the museum, as the exhibition deals with care înconjoară o sală centrală din marmură albă dupăthe most important stages in the history of the museum, modelul Alhambrei din sudul Spaniei, conţin o gamăbeginning from 1872. minunată de mobilă ungurească datând din secolele XVIII si XIX, cu artefacte Art Nouveau şi Secession.
    3. 3. The clock of the Holy Roman Emperor andHungarian King Maximilian IIAugsburg, 1566
    4. 4. Astronomical clock,C.Fredenberck, Augsburg,1577
    5. 5. Pair of sea-horses, E.Geyer, Leipzig, 1590s
    6. 6. René Jules Lalique pendant with chain, Paris, around 1900René Jules Lalique(French, 1860–1945 Paris)
    7. 7. René Jules LaliqueNecklace, Paris, between 1898 and 1900
    8. 8. René Jules LaliqueComb, Paris, around 1898-99
    9. 9. Text : Internet Pictures: Daniela Iacob Arangement: Sanda Foişoreanu Nigel Kennedy - Gypsy Chardash (Monti)