Frida Kahlo exhibition in Budapest

Hungarian National Gallery
2 Szent György tér, 1014 Budapest
Opening hours: Closed on Mondays! Tuesday-Sunday 10.00-18.00
Tickets: 900-1800 HUF
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It has long been my dream to see one of my most beloved painter’sí Frida Kahlo’s painting with my own eyes so I were over the moon to learn that her pieces of artwork came to Hungary. Mexico is not in the neighborhood you know…
The exhibition starts with a timeline where people can find out the main events of the artist’s life with pictures side by side Mexico’s history. On the next wall there is the iconic Vogue cover shot of Frida that featured an interview in 1937. The photo was taken by Nickolas Muray, an American photographer with Hungarian origins. The two of them were lovers from 1931 to 1941 and remained in good terms even after they ended the relationship. In one of the last rooms there is a copy of the handwritten and very emotional love letter Frida wrote to Nickolas in Hungarian.
When you go further to the exhibition and enter the colourful rooms you will get a feeling of being in Mexico yourself. Some of the paintings you can find are: The Broken Column (1944), My Nurse and I (1937), Portrait of Dona Rosita Morillo (1944), Portrait of Alejandro Gómez Arias, Frida’s first love (1928) and Self Portrait with Small Monkey (1945), the picture that became the symbol of this current exposure. Besides the paintings some of the artist’s personal things are displayed. Such as a handmade painting of Frida and Diego and some Mexican statues as well.
The last room contains a montage called Frida mania where you will face the effect of this iconic woman on the world. She inspired so many people and will keep doing so until the world is still moving.

Take a look at the exhibition! 🙂

Be a painter for a day

Would you like to paint Klimt’s Kiss? I’m sure you are answering in your head with something like ‘No, I would never be able to do that!’. Well I’m here to tell you that yes, you can. With help of a professional of course, but it would be a unique replica that is all you.

Here is what happened to me. One of my best friends went to a painting event in Budapest and came home with a very nice artwork that she is very proud of. I obviously wanted to get some of that! So I started to look for similar opportunities in Szeged and found a painting I liked at a company called Kreatív Kávé (Creative Coffee). During the event I painted on canvas using acrylic dye. It was very well organised, the lead artist was always telling us what to paint next. It’s crucial to have a pro because civilians doesn’t know how long it takes for the dye to dry for example. She never corrected anything on my painting, just gave my tips during the process and 4 hours later it turned out like this:

I really enjoyed this relaxing Saturday and I’m thinking about going again sometimes. The costs of the event was 8000 HUF, but it depends on the material you need to make your artwork, so it can be higher up to 13 000 HUF.

If you are in Hungary and interested in such an event, here are the places you can let go of your inner artist:

Kreatív Kávé: Budapest, Üröm, Szeged, Subotica

Fess neki: Budapest

Art & Wine: Szeged

Amazing people IX.: Mirmy Klopfen Design

„Painting is a combinative art. Analogous, metaphorical. Full of references and symbols, like psychology.” /Luigi Guarnieri/

Mirmy Klopfen Design’s imaginative and lovely artwork can bring light to the grey weekdays. The next guest of my interview series is a lady, who although works as a psychologist, she is also an artist in her free time and I can proudly call her my friend.

Lady Fraise (LF): How did Mirmy Klopfen Design start?
Mirmy Klopfen Design (MKD): MKD has come a long way until reaching its present state although I still consider this stage transitional for obtaining the final goal. The starting point was my affinity for art. I loved drawing with basically everything, in the sand with a stick, to vaporous glass with my finger. This developed an interest for graphic art and the joy of creation as well.
Finding my own technique specified the path that gave me the idea of founding a design workshop. It’s a design workshop, because besides creating paintings, themes are appearing on other objects (postcards, bookmarks, etc).

LF: What inspires you in creating your artwork?
MKD: I have two inspirational source representing the two main patterns of MKD that differs from each other. Photographs taken in nature inspire realistic paintings, so this section of MKD reflects reality. The other section is closer to my personality, it shows a waggish, fantasy world with personalised creatures and objects. The inspiration to this world comes from how I see the world and how I exist in it: with full of colours and laughter.

LF: What kind of techniques do you usually use?
MKD: I tried many techniques before finding it for MKD and it is aquarelle. I love the softness, airiness of aquarelle colours and what startles me is that I can let the paint work for itself.
My new field of interest is digital art but I have to learn a lot about it.


LF: Which one is your favourite artwork?
MKD: It’s always the one I’m currently working on. I like exprimenting with topics and techniques and if an innovation works and I start loving it immediately. It is hard for me to say goodbye to a painting, I always take a picture of them before letting them go. I’m also very critical about my paintings, there are only a few of them I’m truly satisfied with. But that may be all right.

LF: Where did the name Mirmy Klopfen Design come from?
MKD: It originates from my nickname and playing with words before reaching its current sound.

LF: Does creating art and your job have a connection wich other?
MKD: As a child psychologist, the world of fantasy and creativity interlock with my profession. Furthermore I believe in the expressive and liberating effect of creation so it serves my mental well being. At the same time I can feel that even looking at a nice picture makes me peaceful or happy, so it influences my actual mood. There is a need for every positive thought these days and I hope my paintings can make the same impact on people as well.

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Salvador Dalí exhibition in Szeged

“Every morning when I wake up, I experience an exquisite joy — the joy of being Salvador Dalí — and I ask myself in rapture, what wonderful things this Salvador Dalí is going to accomplish today?“ /Salvador Dalí/

Due to the 10th anniversary of REÖK Palace in Szeged, it hosts a great collection of litographies and etchings of the surrealist Catalan artist, Salvador Dalí. The pieces of the exhibition came from the Gallery of Art in Prague, which I saw a couple of years ago on a trip. So obviously, I was pretty excited to see this artwork again. I always admired him, not only because he was a extremely talented artist, but also because he built his empire and the ‘Salvador Dalí brand’ like a true genius.

The 60 pieces contain not only the master’s work, but also Portrait of Salvador Dalí by Josef Nálepa…

Josef Nálepa: Portrait of Salvador Dalí

…and my greatest discovery of the exhibition: Václav Chochola! I always loved this photograph of Dalí holding an egg, I even have it as a badge on my bag, and now I got to know, who took it! When I got home, I searched for the internet for more information about this photographer, and I found some very amazing facts. He was born in 1923 in the Czech Republic and he started publishing his photos (mainly of sport events) when he was only 16 years old! He studied photography in Prague and had his first studio in 1943. He took pictures of people like Louis Armstrong, Marcel Marceau and between 1968-1969 also of Salvador Dalí, when he repeatedly went to Paris. Chochola unfortunately died in 2005 but his daughter and grandson became photographers as well and they are handling his inheritance.

REÖK Palace hosts many exciting exhibitions. In the last couple of years I’ve been to a Marylin Monroe and a Miró exhibition and saw the year’s contemporary paintings, press photos and the artwork of John Lennon.
Click here to find out about the current events of REÖK Palace!