• November

    Literary translators in work

    From the outside, many people may have the impression that a literary translator’s work involves a kind of automatism and some sort of mechanical process. After all, we mostly see only the source material and the end result. The fact that between the two there is a person – moreover an artist – is often overlooked. It is forgotten and we don’t take note of his or her name. What remains in our mind is the image of a machine.

    The exhibition is open 
    November 25, 2016 to May 28, 2017
  • March

  • June

    Literature on the Table

    “Nothing happens except for a man eating a fish.” So said a printer after reading through Gyula Krúdy’s The Adventures of Sinbad. Could the works connected to eating by Krúdy and other Hungarian writers really be only about that? What might a dish or a meal mean in a literary text? Does knowing what the main hero had for dinner help us to understand a novel?


    The exhibition is open 
    June 23, 2016 to March 31, 2017
  • February

    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.

  • September


    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.