Two installations of particular interest will grace the illustrious halls of the Hungarian National Gallery in Budapest from May to October of 2011.
The first, a sampling of contemporary Croatian sculpture organized by the Croat Ministry of Culture, is an international traveling exhibition, complete with a full accompanying catalog. Curated jointly by Jasminka Poklecki Stošic, Galerija Klovicevi dvori, and Judit Szeiferhe, the selections illustrate the richness and diversity of a particularly storied and impressive regional artistic tradition. Displayed alongside various examples of modern Hungarian sculpture, the show underscores the simultaneous idiosyncrasy and universality of different national artistic cultures in a way that transcends national boundaries.
The second, is a retrospective of the Hungarian landscape painter Károly Markó the Elder. Organized by curators Orsolya Orsolya, Gábor Bellák, and Dragon Zoltán, this exhibition celebrates the nationalist themes present in many romantic landscapes by the famous painter. Though held up as an example of the distinctive Hungarian style and lineage of landscape painting, Markó lived and worked almost exclusively abroad in Italy and elsewhere. Nevertheless, virtually every significant Hungarian painter who followed him was directly influenced by Markó's life and work and the “ideal landscape” movement that he helped to found. An exhibition of his work in the capital city of his country of origin is not to be missed.
Discounted tickets are available to EU citizens between the ages of 6-26 and 62-70. Admission is free to children under 6 and the disabled. Guided tours of the museum as a whole are available for groups of 15 or larger, so it's worth it to contact the museum in advance to schedule a visit.