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Hungarian Museum of Architecture & FotoMuzeum Budapest

Hungarian Museum of Architecture 

Key sentences

The Hungarian Museum of Architecture is the house of traditions and innovation. It is a research centre, exhibition venue and social forum with relevant programmes for the users and designers of the buildings, considering architecture a public matter and embracing its whole spectrum from the flat to the city.


Mission statement

As an international research centre the Hungarian Museum of Architecture is the number one and richest source of the architectural, building industrial and urban history of the Carpathian Basin. With its professional work it actively contributes to the comprehensive and inter-disciplinary analysis of the history, present and future of architecture. By placing the architectural product into a regional and global context it contributes to the understanding of the changes in the built environment and of the evolution of the architectural scope of responsibilities. It supports the cooperation between domestic professional organizations, and plays a role in the maintenance and popularization of the institutional system of architecture.

The basic principle of the Hungarian Museum of Architecture is that architecture is a public matter from the first ideas through the building process to usage. Therefore it regards its target group as all those who are interested in architecture and aims to represent them; it plays a mediator role between the recipients and actors of architecture. It serves as a public forum for citizens discussing matters concerning domestic spaces and public buildings as places for everyday life and the city itself, but at the same time reflects the problem-focused architectural thinking that appears in the solution not only of architectural tasks alone and makes it comprehensible for those who are not familiar with architecture.

It was more than a hundred years ago that Hungarian architects mentioned the need for an independent museum of architecture. The creation of the new building of the Hungarian Museum of Architecture will realize this idea and the new building will attain an emblematic role in the fulfilment of the mission of the institution.


FotoMuzeum Budapest

Key sentences

The FotoMuzeum Budapest is one of the most significant photographic collection, exhibition site and research centre of Central Europe. The exhibitions and programmes of the museum introduce world famous classical artists and also young pioneers and deal with the historical aspects of this art as much as with the analogue and digital technologies. The FotoMuzeum Budapest teaches us how to look and see the world through the eyes of the geniuses of the lens.


Mission statement

The FotoMuzeum Budapest is the most significant photographic collection of the Hungarian museum structure organized for the presentation and research of the multi-faceted history of photography and to demonstrate the embeddedness of photography in  contemporary art. The organization of the collection started in 1957 and it has been steadily growing since the foundation of the collection established on the initiative of the professional community.

The FotoMuzeum Budapest deals with the scientific, artistic and technical approach of photography: it looks at it from an historical perspective but also reflects on the present. The museum interprets photography as a global medium that has neither geographical nor cultural borders. It focuses on the trends that determine photo history and contemporary art as well as on the research and presentation of the border areas:  fine art, film, animation, media art and in a wider context the approach of photography in regard to literature and music.

As an archive, the FotoMuzeum Budapest deals with the collecting of Hungarian or Hungary-related (André Kertész, László Moholy-Nagy, Brassaï, Martin Munkácsi, Robert Capa and Paul Almasy) and Central and Eastern European photographs, and with their processing and presentation in the museum. The collection is at the same time open to applied photography (press, fashion, advertising and architectural photos) and to the various fields of amateur photography, as well as to the research and accurate presentation of the history of the techniques of analogous and digital photography combining these aspects in its collection and exhibitions.

Based on its own collection the permanent exhibition of the FotoMuzeum Budapest continuously makes the history of Hungarian photography and of universal photo techniques available and accessible. (In addition to the already mentioned iconic names, remarkable authors of Hungarian photo history can also be seen in the permanent exhibition: Angelo, Rudolf Balogh, Károly Escher, Tamás Féner, Gábor Kerekes, Péter Korniss, József Pécsi, Pál Rosti). Besides the large-scale exhibitions, the temporary exhibitions focus on current topics, on monographic and thematic issues and on workshop exhibitions presenting particular problems.

The FotoMuzeum Budapest is an exhibition venue, archive and research centre that emphasizes the critical approach and undertakes an important social role in the intensification of visual education and development of an approach.