Herald News – György Ráth Villa Reopen @ Budapest

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District VI., 12. Városligeti alley

Open 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. except on Mondays

After more than 3 months of closure, the collection of the Museum of Applied Arts can be visited again from Friday in the György Ráth Villa in Budapest. After the end of the emergency, the exhibition halls can be reopened in Budapest as well. The permanent exhibition Our Art Nouveau, composed of outstanding pieces from the unique Art Nouveau collection of the Museum of Applied Arts, and the chamber exhibition presenting the masterpiece of Antonio Tempesta await the public in the former opening hours, except Mondays. In the museum building, we ask our visitors to maintain the recommended protection distance. Hand disinfection and wearing a face mask is optional, but recommended.

Our Art Nouveau
György Ráth Villa reopened its doors in the autumn of 2018 with our permanent exhibition Our Art Nouveau, which presents the most significant pieces of the Art Nouveau collection of the Museum of Applied Arts and makes them available to the general public during the reconstruction, at the same time , the first director of the museum. The nearly 600 works of art in the exhibition represent all branches of applied art, supplemented with paintings and interesting pieces from the collection of György Ráth. Due to its condition, several objects that have now been restored have not been exhibited so far.

Painted in a Gem – Antonio Tempesta’s Rediscovered Work (s)
The rock from the fabulous East, the lapis lazuli, is a precious gem in itself, the raw material of the painters ’admirable deep blue, ultramarine. This stone of special beauty was used as a painting base by some of the aristocratic commissioned artists of the early 17th century, Antonio Tempesta. Tempesta’s works painted on various stones are real rarities. There are only three surviving paintings of Lapis in the world – one of which is no less important than the Louvre in Paris. The work is actually two images at once: Tempesta painted a biblical scene on each side of a thin slab of stone that even allowed light to pass through. The two representations are an eye-catching interplay of nature and art. The underlying stone, which is not covered with painting everywhere, is integral to the representations with its color and pattern.

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