Adventures in Budapest: Museum of Applied Arts

Interior of the Museum of Applied Arts

This visually stunning museum ( the Iparmuveszeti Muzuem as it’s known locally) is quite literally around the corner from where my charming other half lived whilst he was studying in Budapest a few years ago. Back then, we just wandered by, admiring the architecture and not really realising what was under the glorious green roof. This time around, we’re much more prepared!The museum must not have been expecting us; she had hidden herself behind some scaffolding, like we had arrived early to a party to find the hostess with rollers in her hair.

Walking in, we discover that we have not just one temporary exhibition to choose from, not just two but four! Being spoilt for choice, we opt for the pocket -and paper- friendly combo ticket, which gave us access to all of the passing shows.

The Headline Act, as it were, was The Victoria and Albert Museum: The World’s Leading Museum of Art and Design (I’m translating – the posters, or bookmarks in this case, all state A Victoria and Albert Museum, a Vilag Elso Iparmuveszeti Muzeuma). Interestingly Google Translate chooses the word ‘First’ rather than ‘Leading’ although both would be applicable in this case.

Free bookmark from the Museum of Applied Arts

I know what you’re thinking:

“Why bother seeing something you can see at home for free?”

Why bother indeed… well, you see dear Reader(s) I don’t really know that much about the V&A and learning about it through the lens of a museum that is very much in the same mold was just too interesting to resist. The historical aspects were covered well and the objects were fascinating, but what really struck me was the way the V&A was presented not just as the template for the Museum of Applied Arts, but as a way forward as well. The exhibition was used, as I suppose all good exhibitions are, as a way of looking backwards and forwards at the same time.

I’m on holiday though: so enough with all this ‘thinking’ malarkey,  where’s the fun stuff?

The Fun Stuff, as it happens, is hidden in the almost-attic-space. And here it is, possibly Hungary’s most well-known and most-frustrating export. The Rubik’s Cube.

Rubik’s Cube display

Unfortunately, the genius of the world’s most frustrating game seems to be presented as thought of as ‘Strictly for Children.’ And not in the good way.

Fortunately though, it did have the space all to itself…

A note about the staff before I sign off:  the Front of House and Cloakroom staff were lovely. The Gallery Staff, however, watched us like ravenous raptors. Very off-putting.


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