Address: 3rd district, Szentlélek tér 6
How to get there: HÉV (suburb train) to Árpad híd, Bus 6, 86, 106, Tram 1
Open: 10am-6pm Mar 15-Oct 31, 10am-5pm Nov 1-Mar 14
The building was once home to the old aristocratic home of the Zichy family; the museum is located in a two-story wing. The exhibition includes pieces of art, selected from the four hundred paintings, which the Hungarian-born artist and Father of Op Art, Victor Vasarely, donated to the Museum of Fine Arts.
Although the world-famous painter most of his life in Paris, he never cut connections from his homeland. He was born in Pécs, Hungary, at the turn-of-20th-century, and spent his early working life in advertising, before moving with his wife Klára to Paris in 1930. He was inspired by the Bauhaus movement of Walter Gropius, and became famous as an artist after an exhibition at the Boétie Street Gallery, Paris in 1944.
A long and bright career followed, during which he has had exhibitions all around the world, leaving prominent art collections in Europe and the US. His art was honored with several international awards. His dream, nevertheless, was to create art, a more harmonic world for everyone. From mere functionalism, he went on to say that the artist should influence the entire visual environment in society: houses, streets, interior spaces, fashion, as well as education.
The collection of the museum included hundreds of original pieces, made with different techniques: ink, tempera, collage, pencil drawings, along with items, such as utopist city-models with graphical, industrial and environmental design.
The museum shop sells catalogs, posters, postcards, prints, and books.