The Ludwig Museum is a museum of contemporary art located in Budapest Hungary and was the first museum in Hungary which focused on international contemporary art. It was established by Irene and Peter Ludwig in 1989 when the couple donated 70 pieces of contemporary art to the museum. in 1991 the first independent exhibition of the new museum was opened in Building A of the Royal Palace. Today the museum is located at the Palace of Arts, Muvészetek Palotája, which overlooks the Danube after it was moved from its original location in 2005. The Palace of Arts is located at Komor Marcell u. 1 and can be found near the Lágymányosi Bridge & The National Theatre.

THe museum houses both permanent and temporary exhibitions which are definite must sees and have been delighting art lovers for many years. The permanent collection is vast and represents an overview of universal and contemporary Hungarian art pieces and even contains three significant late Picasso paintings. It also contains significant works of hyper-realism such as Chuck Close, Malcom Morley and Richard Estes. Furthermore, it also contains valuable pieces of American Pop Art such as the works of Andy Warhol, Claes Oldenburg, Jasper Johns and Roy Lichtenstein.

The museum also contains a wide variety of bodies of art from the 1960’s, 70’s and 80’s with pieces by László Lakner, Ilona Keserü, Krisztián Frey and György Jovánovics representing Eastern-European avant-garde from the 1960s and 70s as well as work by Hungarian artist Imre Bak which focused on geometric and minimalistic pieces from the 70’s. Furthermore, the 80’s is represented by works of A.R. Penck, Markus Lüpertz and Georg Baselitz to name a few.

In addition to the permanent collection the museum also contains many temporary exhibitions which are subject to change.

Images of the Ludwig Museum in Budapest

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Sights around Ludwig Museum

Since the Ludwig Museum is located near Lágymányosi Rákoczi Bridge there is not too much to see around there at least not the classical sights. However there are 2 spots worth visiting.

  • Palace of Arts (Muvészetek Palotája)
  • National Theater (Nemzeti Színház)

Further Information

There are many different programs taking place in the Ludwig Museum which are different priced. However there is a yearly ticket that you can purchase which lets you see all that you want. Prices are: Adult season ticket: HUF 5 000 – Concession season ticket*: HUF 3 000 – Family season ticket: HUF 7 000 (for 2 adults and max. 4 children between six and eighteen years)
Opening Hours: Tuesday-Sunday: 10.00-20.00, Closed on Mondays
Address: Komor Marcell u. 1, 1095 Budapest
Tel.: +36 1 555 3444
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