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Fine Arts Museum to Reopen Later this Year, as Works by Frida Kahlo, Francis Bacon, and Lucian Freud Head to the National Gallery

Fanni Kaszás 2018.02.12.

This year, exhibitions of Frida Kahlo, Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud and the School of London, and Dezső Korniss, among others, will be on display at the Hungarian National Gallery (MNG) and the Museum of Fine Arts. The latter institution will reopen after three years of renovations in October.

According to László Baán, director of the Museum of Fine Arts, the building will reopen in two stages, in October 2018 and in mid-2019. Baán said that the renovations, under which the public spaces and the entire utility system have been revamped, had cost a total of 15 billion forints (EUR 48 million). The museum’s first temporary exhibition in October will honor Leonardo Da Vinci, and will feature an equestrian sculpture and ten drawings by the master. From October on, the Romanian Hall will also be open to visitors for the first time since the Second World War.

Further plans include a major exhibition of the works of Rubens, Van Dyck and masters of the Flemish baroque in late 2019, while for 2020, curators are planning a sequel to the museum’s highly successful exhibition on Cézanne (2012).

As regards the National Gallery, this year’s exhibitions include a video installation by Julian Rosefeldt on the art of the 20th century, featuring actress Cate Blanchett.

The Gallery will also host an exhibition of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, the first of its kind in Hungary, mainly based on the collection of Museo Dolores Olmedo in Mexico City. The exhibition will open on the 111th anniversary of the painter’s birth, in July of this year.

From October on, an exhibition from the London Tate will showcase one of the most influential eras of British painting, including works from Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud and the School of London.

Later this year, MNG will continue to display the works of Hungarian masters as well: to honor the 110th anniversary of the birth of Dezső Korniss, the Gallery will organize an exhibition on the art of the 20th century Hungarian painter in December.

Hungary Matters, 24.hu