Budapest, March 21 (MTI) – An exhibition of Hungarian self-portraits from the famed collection of Florence’s Uffizi was the first event opening the Budapest Spring Festival in the Budapest History Museum today.
The exhibition features 24 canvases by the painters Pal Szinyei-Merse, Jozsef Rippl-Ronai and Laszlo Lakner, among others, from the rare Uffizi collection, Zoltan Balog, the minister of human resources, said at the opening. The show also presents several of the featured painters’ works from Hungarian collections, he noted.
Quite a few of the Hungarian self-portraits have never been on view in Hungary and several of them have never been published, according to the spring festival’s website www.btf.hu. The 34th Budapest Spring Festival running until April 6 will offer 172 events at 58 venues including classical and contemporary music, theatre and fine arts.
Some of the highlights of this year’s festival include US composer and pianist Philip Glass, the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Zubin Mehta and the first Madach Imre International Theatre Festival.