Exhibitions

  • October

    Variants of the Petőfi Cult

    The exhibition seeks to address the issue of how the figure of Sándor Petőfi, “the poet” preserved in the national memory, has developed and changed over the past 170 years.

    The exhibition title is from the self-characterisation of his poem The Apostle: “... below the sombre brow / two smouldering eyes flicker / like two vagrant comets / which fear no one / but are feared by all. His gaze / soars always farther, always higher.”

    The exhibition is open 
    October 29, 2019 to May 31, 2020
  • June

    Writer’s furniture in the collection of the Petőfi Literary Museum

    The Collection of Relics in the Petőfi Literary Museum holds personal objects of Hungarian writers and poets, including more than three hundred pieces of furniture. Alongside authors’ bequests, the collecting incorporates furnishings of editorial offices and sometimes furniture having belonged to writers’ family members or muses.

    The exhibition is open 
    Petőfi Literary Museum
    June 21, 2019 to March 1, 2020
  • April

    An Exhibition Marking the Centenary of Géza Csáth’s Death

    It is impossible to talk about motifs, melodies or rhythms, about these so-called musical shapes or forms. We must open our ears and hearts, and adjust our spiritual reflective system such that with their help we can first observe the impressions, then secondly ourselves at the moment of artistic enjoyment, and thirdly our contemplating self. Thus nothing else will interest us but who Richard Strauss is, who we ourselves are and whether what we feel is pleasing or unpleasant during that time.”

    The exhibition is open 
    Petőfi Literary Museum
    April 30, 2019 to May 31, 2020
  • January

    Exhibition Commemorating the 100th Death Anniversary of Endre Ady

    The news of Endre Ady’s death on 27 January 1919 spread like wildfire in Budapest. Friends, journalists, artists commemorated the sad event. Móricz wrote down how he saw his friend and colleague, Lajos Szőnyi photographed, Béni Ferenczy made drawings, Fülöp Ö. Beck and Márk Vedres shaped death masks. On that very day, the government declared the poet “grieved by the nation” and made the decision to arrange a state funeral. A school holiday for secondary schools was announced for the funeral day.

    The exhibition is open 
    Petőfi Literary Museum
    January 25, 2019 to January 5, 2020
  • 1977

    In 1977, on 100th anniversary of Endre Ady’s birth, at the initiative of art historian Agnes W.Somogyi the Petőfi Literary Museum asked sculptor Miklós Melocco to design a commemorative Ady statue. The composition, which is monumental in size and has been made of plaster, comprises several figures. The statue was finished in November 1977 and was first placed in the stuccoed and mirrored foyer of the Károlyi Palace at the opening of the exhibition ’Ady-picture’, organised by the Museum. In 1998, due to the renovation of the Károlyi Palace, the Ady Altar had to be dismantled and removed. The composition of sculptures was put into its present location in the autumn of 2000, at the opening of the new exhibition halls.

  • Permanent exhibition

    The Permanent Sándor Petőfi Exhibition of the Petőfi Literary Museum

     

    1.Who am I? I shall not say . . .

    Sándor Petőfi is much more to Hungary than an important poet – rather he is seen as poetry incarnate.