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“Budapest. The First Golden Age” Exhibition at the Hungarian National Gallery in Budapest

Art and Heritage in Central Europe

A special photography exhibition displaying more than one hundred works opened in the Hungarian National Gallery in the middle of November 2023 to mark the 150th birthday of Budapest. The exhibition organised in conjunction with the Fortepan digital photo archive evokes the Hungarian capital in its heyday, at the turn of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Researchers from Fortepan discovered negatives of photographs of Budapest, hitherto unknown in Hungary, taken by a German postcard publishing company and preserved in the collection of the Deutsche Fotothek in Dresden. The exhibition presents a compelling selection of this photographic material. These photographs of Budapest taken by the German postcard publishing company Brück & Sohn between 1903 and 1912, feature emblematic buildings, as well as allow an insight into the everyday life of the capital through little street scenes. These are supplemented by stereophotographs by Frigyes Schoch, a prosperous entrepreneur and amateur photographer in Budapest, who captured the young metropolis in photos with a unique spatial effect, and showed the life of the capital from a personal perspective.

The curator of the exhibition is István Virágvölgyi, co-curator is András Török. The exhibition is open until 18 February 2024.

Read more: https://en.mng.hu/exhibitions/budapest-the-first-golden-age/

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