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Contemporary art Thrives in Budapest

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Budapest's abundant history in all forms of creative art is alive and well today. New talent is born and discovered every day and the city has a whole range of locations that are only too happy to present this new generation of artistic genius to the public.

Higgs Mező (or Higgs’ Field) is focused on video and installation art and quickly became a hive for artists after it opened. The giant windows facing the street often serve as projector screens; the room is spacious; the displays are varied and interesting.


Chimera Project is a program gallery, attempting to spark dialogue regarding social issues around contemporary art. Chimera is committed to maintaining an international value exchange, and as such is in a state of constant cooperation with global partners.


Várfok Gallery was one of the first contemporary art galleries. It is now home to a well-defined group of outstanding Hungarian artists and is constantly developing its artistic approach.


The acb gallery is dedicated to professionally representing uncompromisingly progressive art in Hungary and abroad. Although there have been slight changes in approach since its launch, that progressive stance is unwavering.


The Ludwig Museum is found in Müpa (Palace of Arts), next to the National Theater. The exhibition space displays artwork by modern and contemporary artists, and it is open all year round. The temporary exhibitions showcase leading artists of the international scene, as well as the best-known Hungarian masters.

KOGArt House moved into one of the most beautiful buildings on Andrássy Avenue to offer high standard exhibitions. The aim is always the same: collect and keep safe outstanding pieces of Hungarian contemporary art.


Budapest's best-known art cinema is Művész, which constantly presents the most innovative pictures that may not always get the best reception in a shopping mall's multiplex cinema. Movies from all over the world are always on the program.


If you're after an even more cozy venue for your movie watching, Budapest has a network of small art cinemas. Start at Cirkó-Gejzír, which despite its small size shows films that have won the biggest international acclamation.


A prominent example of contemporary architecture is the Bálna (or Whale) building on the shore of the Danube. Named after its shape, the structure not only conveys a new approach to building design but is also home to art displays as well as artisanal food and beer.


The downtown café and art gallery Lumen aims to promote international photography trends in Hungary. At this Mikszáth tér venue, you can glimpse into contemporary art trends and monthly exhibitions.