Exhibition Art Nouveau –A Hungarian Perspective at the György Rath Villa in Budapest


After several years of closure, the György Ráth Villa of the Museum of Applied Arts (1068 Budapest, Városligeti fasor 12.) can be visited again from 14 September 2018, where a new permanent exhibition titled Art Nouveau – a Hungarian Perspective, displaying the finest selection of the Museum of Applied Arts’ Art Nouveau collection, can be visited.

In the villa the age of the last universal style is revived. Three decisive schools of Art Nouveau, the British, the Austrian and the French are presented in interiors. Bugatti’s exclusive pieces of furniture reveal the influence of Oriental art whereas the inspiring role of the Transylvanian roots and of the national past can be realized in the Hungarian art of the turn of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

The Art Nouveau dining room and sitting room allow the visitors a glimpse into Hungarian homes of the turn of the century. In the display cases Zsolnay ceramics, glass works by Tiffany and Gallé, jewellery by Lalique can be admired. The works of two contemporary glass artists, inspired by Art Nouveau, guarantee that in accordance with Ráth’s mentality the past and present are equally represented in the villa. The approximately 600 exhibits represent all genres of the applied arts. The former picture gallery and the reconstruction of the historic style dining room remind us of the excellent bourgeois art collector born 190 years ago.

The exhibition is complemented with specialist and subjective guided tours, as well as by lectures, workshops and museum educational programmes.

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Picture: Image from the exhibition “Art Nouveau –A Hungarian Perspective” © IMM, Budapest