Hungarian National Gallery
I have another famous Hungarian building to show you today. This is the Hungarian National Gallery in Budapest, located in the Buda Castle. This picture was taken in the early morning of a 2014 July day. Whenever I plan photo trips to the Castle District, I try to go very early in the day, just after sunrise. The city is quiet at this time, and the Castle is not full of tourists yet. I prefer to photograph without people, and this time of the day seems to be the best for this heavily visited area. The only problem is that certain parts of the Castle would need late afternoon lighting for good photographs, but by that time I can’t see the buildings behind the flow of visitors. So, I mostly stick to my morning photo walks.
This image shows the side of the building that faces the Danube River. It is a huge and really gorgeous building inside and outside. The museum is home to Medieval, Renaissance, Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance Hungarian art. It has permanent exhibitions as well as temporary ones. Every summer I make a point to visit the ongoing temporary exhibition. In 2013 I saw the Hungarian Art Photography in the New Millennium exhibit with my friend, where one person’s work stood out for both of us: Ádám Magyar’s image from his Stainless thematic. (http://www.magyaradam.com)
In 2014 I gave another chance to some impressionist artists (MONET, GAUGUIN, SZINYEI MERSE, RIPPL-RÓNAI. Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Masterworks from the Collections of the Israel Museum, Jerusalem, the Hungarian National Gallery and the Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest), but I have to admit that I am still not a fan of their works. Impressionist art pieces just don’t move me. I am looking forward to a new, currently unknown exhibit in the summer of 2015.
An interesting program the Museum offers is called Wine Wednesday. Once a month, Wednesday night, there is a guided tour of the temporary exhibit (possibly more), as well as wine tasting of Hungarian wines. I’ve never attended any of these since I am not a big wine fan, but they sound interesting. My friend and her sister really enjoyed their time there.