The Bigot Pavilion contains a display of Art Nouveau and Architectural Ceramics from Paris
I was lucky to see some of this collection, as it was the first time since the Paris World Fair of 1900, that it has been on display. Quite a coup for the Hungarian government who managed purchase it!
The ensemble was awarded "Grand Prix" at the Paris Fair.
The pavilion is full of what I call "heavy" pieces, not delicate like I saw else-where in the Museum. Outstanding French architects and sculptors of the period, like Jules Lavirotte (1864-1924) and Paul Jouve (1878-1973) are behind some of these excellent pieces.
Many of the pieces have varied figural and floral motifs and are covered with colourful glazes of warm tone. The architectural ceramics of Alexandre Bigot were made in various historical styles as well as in the style of Art Nouveau - For him, the challenge was the material and the glazes.
He looked to like creating in greens, beiges, combined with black.
The permanent collections are quite a mixture!
The collection includes Hungarian folk ceramics, French furniture, old chairs, Ottoman carpets, Baroque gold ware, Tiffany glass, 16th century clothing, many ceramics, glass, a wonderful display of clocks, jewelery, wood carvings and much more.
Photo 4 is of the Equestrian rider, made in China from pottery and painted with earth paint in the Han Dynasty 206BC - 220AD
Most of the displays are behind glass, so reflections are a problem when taking photos.
Open: Tue-Sun. 10 - 6pm closed Mondays.
The Museum of Applied Arts (Magyar Iparmûvészeti Múzeum) is located on Üllõi út 33-37.
You can get there on Metro line 3, the Ferenc körút stop, or by Trams 4 and 6 also to the Ferenc körút stop.
The Museum of Applied Arts has both permanent and temporary exhibitions.
One of the permanent exhibitions, is the GOLDSMITH COLLECTION
The Museum has a collection of 11,000 items in gold, copper, bronze, tin, cast and wrought iron done by Hungarian craftsmen and craftsmen from other countries.
One collection is the "Orthodox" collection, which is silver, bronze, tin and iron which has been made into watches, jewelry, jewelery boxes and cutlery, in addition to part of the Esterházy treasury.
The Astronomical Clock dates back to 1566, then there are rare pieces by Hungarian Masters from the 16th & 17th centuries. The 18th & 19th centuries displays work by Hungarian goldsmiths, plus pieces from the Art Nouveau era.
There are lots of beautiful pieces in this collection.
Stepping inside this building is an amazing experience! I wonder how many do what I did, and that is stand still and whisper to ones self -"this is wonderful! - wow!" I imagine there would be plenty!
Well, first of all, I had to buy my admission ticket, then I could be on my way. I was told not to miss the top floor where I could look down to the bottom floor.
I wondered what this was all about?
Before heading off to look at the exhibitions, I took a good look at the inside, which was all white with plenty of attractive white stucco work. A big hall with a polished floor was in the centre and off - limits. This was surrounded by arches that reminded me of India, perhaps the Taj Mahal, it was exquisite!
On each level, I could look through an arch to the beautiful ground floor.
I made my way to the top floor as told, and found what the staff were telling me about.
On this floor is an irregular opening with a balustrade surrounding the opening. From here, you can peer down from three stories high to the bottom, once again, I wondered what this was all about - Why?
On this floor is a tiffany-type stained glass window of a most unusual shape and the large glass ceiling which reminded me of a "Crystal Palace" roof.
What a stunning interior! Photos were allowed.
Next, we look at the exhibitions.
Tuesday-Sunday: 10 - 6PM
Museum shop opening hours
Tuesday-Sunday: 10:15 - 5.30 PM
ADMISSION IN 2014
Admission fees are found on this link
We were in Budapest and trying to find the street our unit was in, when we passed by this most stunning building. We couldn't stop then, so I said to my husband I wanted to return, as the architecture of this building was simply amazing.
Well, we did return and were able to find a street car-park close by.
Unfortunately, there was construction work happening and I was facing directly towards the sun, a real big disappointment as I really wanted to capture this building at its very best.
If you have heard of Gaudi, then think of Odon Lechner, the Hungarian Architect of this building who has similar fame in Hungary to Gaudi in Spain.
The Museum was built for the 1896 Millennium celebrations to mark the existence of Hungary as a country for 1000 years. The style of the building is Art Nouveau, where traditional Hungarian design elements are merged with Islamic and Hindu motifs along with some Western European Art Noveau influence. The roof is richly decorated gold and green terracotta tiles made by the famous Zsolnay factory.
Its impressive from the floor right up to the top of the roof, and I haven't been inside yet!
Tuesday - Sunday: 10 am to 6 pm
This is another landmark of Budapest - a highlight of Art Nouveau (called "Secession" in Hungary) architecture. It was built by Ödön Lechner and Gyula Partos and opened by Emperor Franz Josheph in 1896. The architecture is worth the time alone, not to mention the beautiful collection of excellent pieces of outstanding craftmanship.
Most striking from outside is the roof of colourful Zsolnay tiles. The interior, especially the atrium with the gracious glass roof, clearly shows oriental influence.
The permanent collections are on display upstairs while the ground floor hosts temporary exhibits.
Admission fee is HUF 800 (which is reasonable) but the photo permit is HUF 2,000 (which is outrageous)
If you love architecture and museums, you will love this place. Established in 1872,
The Iparmúveszeti Múzeum as it is known in Hungarian (Museum of Applied Arts)
was the 3rd of it's kind to be opened after similar places opened in London and Vienna.
Every day: 10am - 6pm
Closed on Mondays!
Eastern carpets, French silks, needleworks, laces, medieval chasuble.
Old porcelains from Herend and from world-famous ceramic guilds.
Signed French furnitures from the 18th century, valuable, old musical instruments.
- Goldsmith works
Gold, silver, bronze, copper, metal works, including Renaissasnce
and Baroque silver works of art, masterpieces of the Esterha'zy-treasury.
- Small collections
Leather works, bookbinds, bone- and woodcarvings, fans.
Nowdays it is the white colour wich dominates the main hall and the stairs of the interiors and these very cute lacy decorations but originally the museum was much better ornated with the frescos of the painter Károly Miksa Reissmann wich was overpainted in the 1920`s (I really don`t know the reason). The original paintings can be seen only in 2 rooms. Unfortunately I have no pictures of the upper floors but they must be nice.
Above you find for example the beautiful cupola room.
The Museum of Applied Arts is a 'don't miss' when you go to Budapest. It only takes you about 1 or 1,5 hour to visit it, so try to squeeze it into your planning. The building itself is a wonderful masterpiece of Hungarian art nouveau; why don't people make buildings like that anymore?!
Some exhibitions are also very nice, but the building was the real attraction to me.
The museum has different parts, and you can choose to buy tickets for the whole museum or only for the parts you want to. Everything together it's 2300 forint, and another 500 if you want to take pictures. Journalists can get in for free, so I was lucky.
Iparmuveszeti Muzeum – the Museum of Applied Arts in Budapest was founded in 1872. It is the 3rd oldest in Europe (the datum Hungarians are very proud of), established just after museums in London and Vienna.
Museum building – secession style palace is artwork of Odon Lechner and Gyula Partos who won the competition held in 1890. The opening ceremony of the palace was held as the final event of the Millennium celebrations on October 25th 1896. Museum building is dominated by the dome decorated with yellow and green Zsolnay ceramics.
Museum collection contains many different kinds of items: furniture, jewellery, clocks, glassware, ceramics, books, prints, textile, costumes, weapons… Marvelous exhibited objects and beautiful interior decorations make Iparmuveszeti Muzeum unavoidable place for those interested in art.
This fantastic and very original building was constructed according to the plans of Ödön Lechner (see his bronze statue on the picture) and Gyula Pártos. This is the 3rd Museum in Europe dedicated to the industrial arts. The tendering was pubblicated in 1890 and the works began in 1893. In the year 1896, for the millenary celebrations it was already finished. The people didn`t like at all this very particular secessionist building, wich was provocatively modern in the uniforme eclectic cityscape, but today nobody diputes that this is one of the most beuatiful buildings in Budapest.
The rooftop is covered by the famous Zsolnai pyrogranite cheramics.
This beautiful building was designed by Odön Lechner and completed in 1896. It houses a number of interesting exhibitions with a permanent display of arts and crafts and furniture in the upstairs area.