Müpa Budapest

Coordinates: 47°28′10″N 19°4′18″E / 47.46944°N 19.07167°E / 47.46944; 19.07167
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Müpa Budapest
Müpa Budapest is located in Budapest
Müpa Budapest
Müpa Budapest
Location within Budapest
Former namesPalace of Arts (Művészetek Palotája)
Address1095 Budapest, Komor Marcell u. 1.
LocationBudapest, Hungary
Coordinates47°28′10″N 19°4′18″E / 47.46944°N 19.07167°E / 47.46944; 19.07167
Public transitH6, H7 suburban railway
TypePerforming arts center, Museum
Opened14 March 2005 (2005-03-14)
ArchitectZoboki, Demeter és Társaik Építésziroda
General contractorTrigránit, Arcadom Építőipari Zrt.
Müpa Budapest Nonprofit Kft., Ludwig Museum
The left wing of Müpa Budapest, including the Ludwig Museum

Müpa Budapest (between 2005 and 2015 Palace of Arts[1]Művészetek Palotája in Hungarian) is a building in Ferencváros, Budapest, Hungary, officially opened in March 2005. It is located near Rákóczi Bridge and was designed by Zoboky, Demeter and Partners Architectural Office. The National Theatre, which opened in 2002, is located next to it.

Both Müpa Budapest and the National Theatre are part of the new Millennium City Center being created in Budapest.[2]

The structure of Müpa Budapest covers a ground area of 10,000 m2 and the total floor space of the building is 70,000 m2. It received the Prix d’Excellence of FIABCI in 2006.[3][4]

The general manager is Csaba Kael.[5]

Performing arts and other facilities[edit]

  • Bartók National Concert Hall is 25 m high, 25 m wide and 52 m long, providing a total capacity for 1,699 people. The concert hall features acoustics designed by Russell Johnson, who told the Wall Street Journal "in two or three years’ time, Hungarian musicians (will) say this was the best concert hall in the world"[6] The organ of the concert hall, inaugurated on 22 May 2006,[7] has 92 stops and 5 manuals as well as 470 wooden pipes, 5028 tin pipes and 1214 reed pipes. The extensive intonation period of the organ lasted 10 months. It is one of the largest organs in Europe. A fully playable virtual version of this pipe organ was developed for use with Hauptwerk in 2008.[8]
  • Ludwig Museum This is a state of the art Contemporary Art Museum with paintings by Picasso ("Musketeer with Sword"), David Hockney, Tom Wesselman, Richard Estes ("Rappaport Pharmacy") plus paintings by these modern Hungarian masters; Imre Bukta ("Officers at Pig Feast"), Laszlo Feher, and Imre Bak. There are also creations by Claes Oldenburg ("Lingerie Counter"), Yoko Ono, and Markus Lüpertz.
  • Festival Theatre The Festival Theatre, in the Eastern third of the Palace of Arts building, seats 452 and also has the most modern technology.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ The Palace of Arts to be called Müpa Budapest starting from the 2015/16 season
  2. ^ "Millennium City Center, Budapest", on developer TriGranit's website at trigranit.hu (in English)
  3. ^ Prix d’Excellence information
  4. ^ Details (in Hungarian)[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ Metwaly, Ati (3 March 2013). "Ibn Battuta show captures richness of Arab cultures". Manama, Bahrain: Ahram Online. Retrieved 24 April 2013. Csaba Kael, General Manager of the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Budapest (Hungary)…
  6. ^ Guide to Béla Bartók National Concert Hall, retrieved 12 June 2015
  7. ^ "A Művészetek Palotája új orgonájáról". fidelio.hu. Retrieved 2016-01-19.
  8. ^ Palace of Arts Budapest Pipe Organ Samples

External links[edit]

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