Rules for visitors


Please observe the following rules for visiting the museums in the interest of your own safety, as well as the safety of others:
• The number of visitors at any given time will be restricted so as to not exceed one person per 15 m2. Visitors from a shared household are an exception.
• Please do your best to maintain a distance of at least 1.5 metres from other visitors.
• Please have your nose and mouth covered (by a mask or scarf) while in the exhibition spaces, when purchasing tickets and at all indoor programs.
• Please pay by card whenever possible.
 
In order to ensure the safety of our visitors, we have implemented the following measures at FMC:
• At the ticket desks, plexiglass shields have been installed.
• All staff members wear masks.
• Our exhibition spaces and other facilities are regularly aired out and disinfected.
• Hand sanitizer dispensers have been installed at every entrance.

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Looking forward to seeing You!


Under government regulations, our museums will reopen on Saturday, June 20, 2020 at 10 am.
The exhibition Creation – the art of Noémi Ferenczy is open from Monday to Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm. The exhibition is extended until 12 July 2020. The Kovács Margit Ceramics Museum is also welcoming visitors from Monday to Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm.
Please read about our special visiting rules on our homepage.
Group guided tours with a maximum of 10 people are also possible.

We look forward to seeing you again!

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We are closed


We are looking forward to your visit after ten o’clock and from midday!

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Special announcement


Dear Visitors!

In light of the present situation in Hungary, as of 14 March, our exhibitions will be temporarily closed and our programs and events postponed. We hope to see you soon after we are reopened!
Thank you for your understanding.

We will be continuously refreshing the information on our homepage and Facebook page.

FMC staff will be will be reachable during this period through e-mail and telephone.

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Change of Opening Hours


From the 1st March the Ferenczy Museum Center exhibition halls and museums will be open according to new opening hours: visitors are welcome between 10 am and 6 pm daily except for Monday and Tuesday.

The Kovács Margit Ceramics Museum will be open on Monday and Tuesday from 10 am to 6 pm.

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Creation


Born into a dynasty of artists, Noémi Ferenczy (1890–1957) was a Kossuth Prize laureate rejuvenator of 20th-century tapestry, an artist whose style inaugurated an epoch. She created an oeuvre that is outstanding by both Hungarian and international standards, and several of her works can be found in foreign collections. In addition to those she taught at the College of Applied Arts, later generations of artists also consider her their inspiration and guide, and the annual award that acknowledges the best applied artists is named after her.

Her father was Károly Ferenczy, a leading figure of the Nagybánya artist colony, her mother Olga Fialka, a highly educated polyglot who started out as a painter. Unlike his older brother, painter Valér Ferenczy, who was five years her senior, and her twin brother, the eminently gifted sculptor, Béni Ferenczy, she took an interest in art relatively late. At the age of 23, however, she was already at work on an early masterpiece, Creation. She chose to remain responsible for the creative process from the beginning to the end, from the numerous pencil drawings, colour sketches and cartoons, to the weaving itself. Throughout her life she remained faithful to the values represented by all artists in the family, considered work with respect, humility and commitment.

For the first time since the last major retrospective, held at the Hungarian National Gallery in 1978, we now have an opportunity to take a new look at the major phases of a life’s work, and gain insights into the process and stages of the creative act. With seventeen private and public collections lending us works, some of the exhibits are masterpieces that have been held in foreign countries for decades. This exhibition will no doubt throw a new light on Noémi Ferenczy’s exceptional oeuvre, thanks in no small part to new research findings related to works held at the Ferenczy Museum Center. This fresh appraisal gains additional nuances from the reconsideration of artworks produced by other members of the Ferenczy family.

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Short closing hours


Dear Visitors!
 
Our museums will be closed on Wednesday, the 4th March, between 3 and 4 pm due to technical reasons. We are welcoming all visitors in the morning, early and late afternoon hours.
 
Thank you for your understanding!

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The Martyrium of Ferenc Kucsera


Born in Léva/Levice in 1892, Ferenc Kucsera was a social person who felt that professing and representing the principles, doctrines and values of the Roman Catholic Church was of prime importance. In preparation for an ecclesiastical career, the young man ended up in Szentendre, where, in addition to serving as a priest, he also did some newspaper editing and taught catechism classes in the town’s schools. He was so dedicated to the cause of teaching children that, when the Social Republic banned religious education in schools, he gathered the youngest in his own chaplaincy room and held activities for them with music and drawing. On account of his moral principles, which he stood by with stubborn consistency, he was sentenced to death when the communist assumed control of the town’s governance: he was executed on 25 June 1919. The loss of the young chaplain who died a martyr’s death was experienced by Szentendre’s locals as a great blow. The town has cherished his memory ever since; his memorial cross still stands on the Danube bank, a few metres away from the place of his execution. The exhibition of the Ferenczy Museum Center commemorates Ferenc Kucsera’s life – from the perspective of the hundred years that have passed since his death.
 
In addition to the chaplain’s relics, source documents, period apparel, furniture, posters and weapons, viewers are presented with a sacred light installation, as well as two contemporary works of art that invoke images of war and aggression.
 
Invited contemporary artists: Frigyes Kőnig, Erik Mátrai, Ádám Szabó
 
Frigyes Kőnig (1955) is a visual artist with an interest in archaeology, whose painting series portrays a famous – and infamous – historical figure, the Bloody Baron. As a warlord fighting for a theocratic state – who was also referred to as the saviour of the Mongolian nation – Roman Fyodorovich Ungern-Sternberg met a similar end in his fight against the Bolsheviks, as Ferenc Kucsera. State prosecution sentenced him to execution by firing squad on 15 September 1921, to be carried out that day.
 
Erik Mátrai (1977) earned his degree as a painter, but he is best known for his room-size light installations. Of these, the work entitled Glory Cone is displayed at the exhibition. A halo, nimbus, aureole, or occurrence of golden light is generally meant to distinguish persons chosen by God. Depicted in painting as a disc or halo of light rays, the phenomenon here takes the form of a cone of light to be experienced by viewers within a meditative, intimate space.
 
Ádám Szabó (1972) exhibits his spatial installation entitled You Stand Here. The displayed mock up, which is part of his object series War Game, recreates the dramatic situation where the murderer faces the one he is about the execute. The true-to-life, hand-carved models of WWI weapons invoke the round of shots fired in the real scenario. Visitors, upon arriving to the installation space, can opt to assume either role.

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The Great Book Theft


In 1959 an exhibition of French books was organised at the Budapest Kunsthalle: by the end of the two-week show, most of the books on display had been stolen by visitors. Our exhibition explores this obscure episode of Hungarian cultural history, evoking the social-political context of book culture and fine art in the fifties. The show gives insight into the greyness of visual culture and the sense of isolation characterising Hungary in the period: the difficulties of accessing books, information and reproductions of artworks.
 
Many of the ‘thieves’ and visitors of the book exhibition sixty years ago were artists studying at the Academy of Fine Arts as well as art history university students, who would become outstanding representatives of their profession in the decades to come. The interviews recorded with them constitute a singular and colourful pool of resources about the 1950s and 1960s; excerpts from these footages are on view at the exhibition.
 
To illuminate the background of the book show, the exhibition reveals the development of French-Hungarian relations, which reached their nadir in the fifties with the arrest of French Institute personnel. Coming to power once the 1956 revolution had been crushed, the Kádár-regime intended to assuage its own isolation by launching international cultural projects: among the first of these was the exhibition of French books.
 
The French book show in Budapest and the display of Hungarian books at the Sorbonne can be considered the first episode in the subsequently intensifying French-Hungarian cultural relations. However, the vernissage in Paris was overshadowed by the retaliations entailing the 1956 revolution: French youth were handing out pamphlets amongst the visitors demanding the release of the Hungarian author Tibor Déry, who was spending his nine-year sentence in prison.
 
The book shows were engendered in the context of the Cold War. They were more than mere episodes of cultural diplomacy: they were the tools of “soft” power in a context defined by the rivalry and conflict of world powers. The exhibition exemplifies another way in which books were used for cultural warfare in the period: through various cover organisations, the CIA was organising and funding a programme in the course of which ten million volumes were smuggled behind the Iron Curtain, including Hungary, between 1956 and 1991.
 
Interviewees: Eszter Gábor, László Gyémánt, György Jovánovics, Károly Klimó, Márta Kovalovszky & Péter Kovács, László Lakner, Ernő Marosi, Krisztina Passuth, Géza Perneczky, Endre Tót.
 
Download the exhibition’s flyer and e-invitation from HERE and HERE.
 
© photo: György Sándor’s photograph, 1958, FSZEK Budapest Collection, Fortepan, image no. 116811

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