Among the museums and galleries in Budapest Ernst Museum can be distinguished from the others by its character.
The museum, having a century of rich history on its shoulders, features exhibitions of contemporary and modern art , with a special emaphsis on the Hungarian art – all following the legacy of its founder, Lajos Ernst.
Originally, the purpose of Ernst Museum was to serve the average people as a source of knowledge about history and art. Lajos Ernst, a great lover of art and the Hungarian culture, felt responsible to present those artists whose glorification of Hungarianness was an honest expression of a Hungarian soul and who thus consciously carried on the Hugarian artistic tradition. At the same time Lajos, not being a great amateur of the avantguard, found it important to introduce art fully, with no dependence on personal prefferences.
Nowadays, working as a state gallery, the establishment surves for contemporary and modern art, both Hungarian and international. Temporary exhibitions, held for 1-2 month each, feature artworks of different types. The space transforms and changes from one exhibition to another, providing you new experience each time.
Currently the exhibition held in the museum is devoted to Karoly Kelemen, and is uncovering the artistic idea of the popular Hungarian artist.