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Intriguing exhibitions housed in a magnificent Secessionist building!
Budapest, Üllői út 33-37, Hungary
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The Museum of Applied Arts – opened in 1869 by Emperor Franz Joseph as part of the Millennium Celebrations – is housed in a spectacular Secessionist building covered in Hungarian Secessionism's signature colourful Zsolnay tiles designed by Lechner Ödön, incorporating oriental elements. Its collection, founded in 1872, is not the only reason to enter the magnificent building: its breathtakingly intricate interior design Secessionism is oh so famous for is an attraction within its own right, and is a must see for architecture enthusiasts.
It is the second museum of its kind in Europe, after the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and houses a vast collection of innovative handmade goods, all fine examples of arts and crafts workmanship. The exhibitions are almost all temporary, except for the permanent exhibition of Hungarian arts and crafts including clothes, furniture and other items of practical use. Of the temporary exhibitions, major ones change on a yearly basis, while smaller ones change monthly. Examples of the types of items on show in the temporary exhibitions can be seen at the main entrance.