Kassák Museum in Óbuda: Avant-garde for Breakfast

So we had some time to kill and took the kid to Óbuda, because it was a foggy wintry morning and that’s exactly where you go on foggy wintry mornings, when you have some time to kill. We love the juxtaposition of the faded, crumbling glory of the disciplined grey housing estates from the seventies and the renovated freshness of nineteenth-century petite-bourgeois Óbuda, where the older looks newer and the newest looks the worst – although there isn’t anything really new there at all, which is just fine.

On one side of the renovated main square of the cobbled part (i.e. not housing estate), there is a building complex that is hardly noticeable, but our toddler is quite inquisitive so he just let himself in through the old wooden front gates, across the wooden cobbles and into the most inviting and spooky courtyard I’ve seen in a long time. We went around a couple of times, taking in the beauty of ruin, frost and mismatched functionalities until the boy decided that it’s art gallery time and we visited the Kassák Museum, also situated in one part of this weird and wonderful building, a small palace that used to belong to the Zichy family.

Kassák Lajos, whom I always think of as the frowny guy as there aren’t many photos of him smiling, was an internationally renown and active avant-garde poet and artist. His work truly deserves this museum.

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Current exhibition: DESIGN ACT – Socially Reforming Design in Lajos Kassák’s Work (until 9 February 2014)

Kassák Museum is a branch of Petőfi Literary Museum.

1033 Budapest, Fő tér 1. Zichy-kastély

Wednesday-Sunday 10am-5pm

Full price tickets: 600 HUF / Concession: 300 HUF

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