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MODEM Centre for Modern and Contemporary Art

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The MODEM Centre for Modern and Contemporary Art in Debrecen, 230 km from Budapest, showcases 20th century and contemporary works of art by Hungarian and international artists.

Centre for Modern and Contemporary Art showcases

Sometimes mixed in are works from its own Antal-Lusztig collection, which is one of the most significant Hungarian modern and contemporary art collections today. Beyond its core of fine arts, one of Central and Eastern Europe’s institutions with the best infrastructure and the largest contiguous space also presents the current trends, progressive aspirations and major representatives of visual culture, displaying the diversity of contemporary art genres and collaborative arts, such as architecture, slam poetry or even social sciences. The three-storey building houses over 3,000 square metres of exhibitions, while the café and interior garden offer a variety of cultural, literary and musical events. The audience has already seen works by renowned artists such as Helmut Newton, Man Ray, Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Paul Cézanne, Vincent van Gogh, Amedeo Modigliani, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Francis Bacon, Gustave Courbet, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, John Everett Millais, Francis Bacon, Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, Zuzanna Janin, Kinga Nowak, Olga Tobreluts, Eric Belousov, Anna Kulachek, Yuri Gulitov, Alekszej Komar, Bill Viola, Odilon Redon, Georges Rouault, Blue Noses and Leonardo da Vinci.


Exhibitions of Hungarian artists have included works by André Kertész, Vilmos Aba-Novák, Tivadar Kosztka Csontváry, István Nagy, Imre Bukta, István Sándorfi, Béla Kondor, Judit Reigl, István Sajó and Lajos Szalay. Of the latter, Picasso himself said: “If the names of two graphic artists survive the 20th century for posterity, the second will be mine. If only one name remains, it will be Lajos Szalay.” This truly intellectual programme will serve as a great counterpoint to your historical or recreational trip to the eastern part of the country, allowing some insight into the tastes of countryside folk and also demonstrating the cultural interests of those living here.

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