Museums on Hõsök tere


The eclectic building of the Museum of Fine Arts, completed in 1906, was designed by Albert Schíckedanz and Fülöp Herzog. Above the wide flight of stairs, eight plus four Corinthian columns support the tympanum, the relief of which is a copy of the group on the western pediment of the Temple of Zeus at Olympia and depicts the fight of Centaurs and Lapiths. Various historical styles characterise the interior halls. The eclectic building of the Art Gallery, reminiscent of a Greek temple, stands opposite the Museum of Fine Arts and was designed by the same artists. Built in 1895, its most characteristic feature is the coloured ceramic ornamentation. The National Fine Arts Exhibition is held here every other year, as are other temporary exhibitions, large and small. Near Hôsök tere Dózsa György út widens out; parades and popular meetings are held here. In the section behind the Art Gallery rises the grandstand; its relieves by the sculptor Sándor Mikus depict work. When the Museum of Fine Arts was established, the Hungarian government bought collections from rich aristocratic families and prelates. The collection has since been enriched by further purchases and donations. The collections in the Museum comprise an Egyptian department, a Greek and Roman collection, a Gallery of Old Masters, an exhibition of Old Statues, a Modern Foreign Gallery, a collection of Modern Sculptures, a collection of Twentieth Century Art, and a collection of Drawings. Hungarian works of art are exhibited not here, but in the Hungarian National Gallery