1 Templom Square, 2000 Szentendre
Winter opening hours:
(between 2 November and 29 February)
Tuesday–Sunday: 10 am – 5 pm
Ticket office is open until 5 pm.
+36 20 779 6657
Full-price: HUF 1400 Ft | 1700 Ft*
Reduced: 700 Ft | 800 Ft*
*Combined ticket: all FMC exhibitions can be visited with the combined ticket. For further ticket information, please click here!
A seminal figure of Hungarian painting with an international prestige, Béla Czóbel was the first painter to have a museum dedicated to him in Hungary in his own lifetime. Many have contributed to the collection – including his own daughter, Lisa Czóbel – since the Museum was opened in 1975, but the permanent exhibition changed little over the decades. However, when it came to creating the concept of the new permanent exhibition after the 2016 renovation of the museum, the emphasis was not on permanence. The core material itself, which selects from the holdings of the museum, will be renewed year after year, and a room will now be dedicated to Czóbel’s graphic works, which will receive more attention than formerly. Additionally, and in a break with the former practice, works from private and public collections will be on deposit and will be integrated into the structure of the permanent exhibition, adding nuances and new insights to what is an exceptional and formidably rich oeuvre.
Béla Czóbel (1883–1976), considered to be the most French of the Hungarian painters is a prominent representative of modern Hungarian fine arts, also recognised internationally. He lived and worked in the most significant locales of European Modernism—after his start in Nagybánya and a short stay in München he went to Paris. There he exhibited in the Salon des Indépendants, but was a founding member of The Eight, and later joined the Brücke group in Berlin. In 1940 he married the painter Mária Modok and they settled down in Szentendre. In 1966 he received an apartment with a studio in Budapest in the Artist House on Kelenhegyi Road, but he continued to spend his summers in Szentendre. His works can be found not only in the most significant Hungarian public and private collections, but also in large museums around the world.
Already in his life, Béla Czóbel had a museum in Szentendre dedicated to his work, and he was also nominated as honorary citizen here. Czóbel Museum, featuring the majority of his oeuvre, was opened in 1975 in a 19th-century single-storey building originally built to be a Roman Catholic boys’ school on Church Hill. It was the first time in Hungary that an the artist himself could open his own exhibition.