The ambassadress of Hungary in Spain during the exhibition’s inauguration./ Picture: J. García.
Julio García. Madrid.
The golden mile of Madrid’s culture has added a new temporary space for exhibitions. It is in Colón Square where the exhibition “Art on the street from Budapest”, which has been inaugurated by the ambassadress of Hungary in Spain, Editte Bucsi Szabó, has been set up.
The exhibition has 24 replicas of the most significant works of the Museum of Beaux Arts of Budapest and the Hungarian National Gallery, which merged in 2012. The works, which hang on panels of eight small arches, are accurate copies of digital printing made by the International Centre of Hewlett Packard in Barcelona.
The works, which will be shown until next 9, are pieces by artists Leonardo , Raphael, The Greco, Velázquez, Goya, Szinyei Merse, Ferenczy, Csontváry and Bortnyik. Some of the 24 replicas are 3 metres long and 3 metres wide. These are some of the “best” paintings of the Museums of Hungary, the general director of the Museum of Beaux Arts of Budapest-Hungary’s National Gallery, László Baán, pointed out. He also mentioned that the Magyar country has, after Spain, the largest number of paintings by Spanish painters.
The Hungarian ambassadress highlighted how important setting up this exhibition in the cultural and intellectual golden mile of Madrid is, because of its repercussion not only among people from Madrid, but also among the thousands of visitors coming to the capital of Spain. The objective, according to Bucsi Szabó, is encouraging Spanish and foreign people to visit Budapest and to see the authentic pieces of art shown in the combination of the Museums of Beaux Arts and Hungary’s National Gallery.
Ana Botella visits the exhibition accompanied by Hungarian authorities
The councillor of Culture of the City Council of Madrid, Pedro Corral, underlined, for his part, that both countries share their love for freedom and if there is something showing that freedom is art and culture. This exhibition, he added, will contribute to show the great treasures of Budapest’s museums.
Budapest’s mayor, István Tarlós, also encourages people to visit Hungary and to know the authentic works of these two museums that, according to what he said, are barely known after they merged with each other, something that has produced a vast Magyar artistic and historical patrimony.
Before the inauguration, the mayoress of Madrid, Ana Botella, visited the exhibition accompanied by authorities of Madrid and Hungary, as well as by László Baán, who informed her about the replicas of the paintings.