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Special Hand|Craft|Art Exhibit at Mucsarnok in Budapest

Since both the Applied Arts Museum and the Ethnographic Museum are closed, I was thrilled when I went to the Mucsarnok today (on Heroes Square, opposite the also-closed Museum of Fine Arts) and discovered that the current exhibition covers revived handcrafts. I spent about two hours there. A variety of media are on display, including works in pottery, wood, leather and metal. There are also hundreds of painted eggs, but the most common medium is fiber: embroidery, weaving and felting. The quality is very high, and although the techniques used are generally traditional, a lot of the objects are contemporary in style. Labels have been translated into English--something you can't always count on with temporary exhibitions.

The exhibit runs through August 20. The museum is open Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat and Sun 10-6 and Thu noon-8. It is closed on Mondays and on May 22.

Metro Line 1 to Hosok Tere. Free with Budapest Card. I've seen the entry fee variously listed at 2200 Ft and 2900 Ft, so I'm not sure what the deal is.

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Thanks for mentioning this—I’m going to have to check this out when I’m there—10 days and counting. A focus on fiber arts makes it even more appealing.

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Glad to help, Christa. I'm looking forward to the museum-related craft event you mentioned in an earlier post that comes up in about 2 weeks, which will be toward the end of my time in Hungary. In fact, I scheduled my trip so that I'd be sure of being in Budapest for that. I love looking at crafts. It's too bad that glass and ceramics are heavy; I'm rarely able to buy anything. And after last year's mustard purchases in Dijon (even tiny glass jars are heavy), I'm trying to avoid thinking about Hungarian paprika.

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Acraven, glad you are on top of things here. Still entertaining our guest and it's a big help. We just haven't played tourist in years. It's one of the reasons that when we travel some place new I put more weight on the perspectives of tourists then I do residents. I live in the US in one of the top 10 US tourist destinations and never know about what's going or the changes in town unless a tourist tells me. I'm not a resident here but we spend so much time here that there is some of the same effect.

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I've got the same problem with always wanting to bring home heavy items--I can't wait to get to Ecseri flea market again, I collect rustic Komlos pottery from the 1930s and the place is teeming with it. Fortunately I like the small figures, 5" or so at most, but they're made from a thick red clay so very solid. The prices are so incredible that I have a hard time limiting myself to 3 or 4.

The Museum festival is where I am planning to spend most of that Sunday, and I see it's a national holiday, Whitsunday, followed by Whitmonday when I leave for Munich.

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Thank you for this! We'll be in Budapest in little over a month and I've been following your posts.

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Patty, you might like to check the timing of the WAMP design festivals close to your departure date. They don't announce them very far in advance, and the locations vary. I stopped by one yesterday at Erzsebet ter, right next to Deak Ferenc ter. It had nice-quality goods that generally loked hand-made. A good spot for picking up a local product as a souvenir. Heavy focus on things to be worn or carried (especially by women), as is usually the case at craft shows, but the variety was decent. It's wasn't super high-end (didn't compare to the annual Smithsonian craft show, for example), but I found it enjoyable. Hours for yesterday's show were 11-7, and it was outdoors; I don't know whether that's always the case.

NEW TOPIC: Don't go out to Heroes' Square (where the Mucsarnok is located) just to see the Monument of the 1956 Revolution. The best I could tell, it is behind a very large construction barrier that looks like it's going to be there for a long time. In Memoriam 1956, located beneath Kossuth Lajos ter near the Parliament is worthwhile, though. It has good explanatory material.