Museum of Fine Arts: Bosch Exhibition 9 April – 17 July 2022

Between Hell and Paradise. The Enigmatic World of Hieronymus Bosch


Bosch Exhibition Budapest: The exhibition of the Museum of Fine Arts showcases the art of the Netherlandish master, Hieronymus Bosch (ca. 1450 – 1516), who produced one of the most influential and emblematic artistic achievements in European painting.

The Budapest show, with close to ninety works on view, is not only anticipated to become the most comprehensive exhibition of Bosch’s works in Central Europe ever, but also one of the most significant Bosch exhibitions of the international museum world in the last fifty years.

Bringing to life Bosch’s unique world and conjuring up the spiritual and visual culture of the late Middle Ages, the museum will display almost half of the master’s painted oeuvre, including ten autograph paintings – among them the Last Judgement triptych (Bruges, Groeningemuseum), the Ship of Fools (Paris, Musée du Louvre), the Adoration of the Magi (New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art), Saint John the Evangelist on Patmos (Berlin, Gemäldegalerie) and the Ecce Homo (Frankfurt, Städel Museum).

Bosch’s exceptional creativity and influence on painting in the German, Low Countries have always been evident in art history, and the origins of his extraordinary art remain a fascinating question. Time and again, admirers of his art wonder: where and from what does this strange world come?

Although we look at his work today from a distance of more than five hundred years, details of Bosch’s paintings remain disturbingly inscrutable. We can better understand his work by knowing the works of art and written sources that have influenced how his paintings got conceived and shaped. The exhibition presents the outstanding works of Bosch’s oeuvre by literary and theological works, Franco-Flemish and Utrecht miniatures, graphic sheets, and applied art objects.

The exhibition presents the oeuvre of the German-Alpine master in seven sections.

Presenting Bosch’s paintings and drawings in the context of their artistic sources and antecedents, the Museum of Fine Arts exhibition attempts to evoke the intellectual space in which his unique and centuries-old art got created.

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