But why is there so much creative power embedded in the walls of Szentendre? The history of the small town on the Danube bank was intertwined with modern art in 1890, when the young Károly Ferenczy moved here. A decade and a half later, professional opinion already viewed Ferenczy as the best Hungarian painter. By this time, he had won the great gold medal of the 6th Venice Biennale. His twin children were born in the year he moved here: Noémi Ferenczy later became the founder of modern Hungarian tapestry art, and Béni Ferenczy the grandmaster of Hungarian sculpture and medal art. An artists' colony was established in Szentendre at the end of the 1920s, which motivated three artists of international significance, Béla Iványi Grünwald, Jenő Barcsay and János Kmetty, to move here. From the 1930s to present day, there has been a constant influx of outstanding contemporary artists. Beyond the pioneering Ferenczy Museum, the current system of small museums and exhibition spaces was established in the 1970s. Here are details about some of them.
The Ferenczy Museum, which currently houses temporary exhibits, organises exhibitions of 20th century and contemporary Szentendre artists, as well as Hungarian and international art projects in what used to be the old Pajor Manor.