||FURNITURE ART FROM GOTHIC
(Organizers of the exhibition: Ferenc Batári
and Erzsébet Vadászi)
furniture exhibition staged in the Museum presents the most important
in the furniture collection at the Museum of Applied Arts, Budapest.
Over the many years of its growth, this collection has become
unique in its own right. The most significant examples of its
holdings from Hungary and abroad were acquired in the period
up to 1914; in the years after 1945 it was primarily the 18th-
and 19th-century sections that were augmented. It was in the
post-1945 period that the castle at Nagytétény passed to Budapest's
Museum of Applied Arts. It has afforded and still affords the
opportunity to present furniture in an appropriate setting.
The exhibition "Furniture Art from Gothic to
Biedermeier", which opened in spring 2000, introduces European
furniture art from
the period 1440 to 1850 approximately. In the exhibition, staged
over a larger area than formerly, some 300 items of furniture
- individual pieces and suites - can be seen in 27
of the castle's rooms. The arrangement, which is tailored to the castle's architecture,
follows the history of European furniture in chronological
order, presenting the various stylistic periods, and thus the
of applied arts, by means of individual masterpieces rather
than by means of interiors. Other furnishings - tiled stoves,
carpets, chandeliers, and paintings - complement the exhibition.
These works are from the same periods as the pieces of furniture
The ground floor
of the Danube wing houses
the first part of the exhibition. Preserving the most of the
architectural details, these rooms - with their irregular
ground plans and low vaulted ceilings - were most suitable
display of the Gothic and Renaissance
furniture. The material
represents European furniture art developing within the
framework of medieval joinery.
By moving the mouse over
the plan, you can look inside the ground-floor rooms
of the castle.