Villa György Ráth was named after its former owners. They bought the villa in 1901 and set about converting it into an Art Nouveau palace.
Villa György Ráth
Address: Városligeti fasor 12, 1068 – Budapest
Phone: +36 1 416 9601
GPS: 47.508993, 19.074048
There are two Art Nouveau museums in Budapest. One looks like a storage house with random pieces crammed together, without offering any information. Not much to learn there. But if you appreciate Art Nouveau, there is plenty to look at. The other, doesn’t really look very Art Nouveau from the outside, because the building is not.
BUT INSIDE, what a BRILLIANT Art Nouveau treat is in store for you.
The Villa György Ráth was named after its former owners, György Ráth and his wife. They bought the villa in 1901 and set about converting it. The entrance and staircase were remodeled in the Art Nouveau style.
The stained glass windows are presumed to be the work of legendary Hungarian stained Glass window artist Miksa Róth.
György Ráth was the first director general of the Museum of Applied Arts in Budapest.
The Secession, also known internationally as Art Nouveau, was one of the most creative periods in the decorative arts. You can visit György Ráth’s famous picture gallery, and the historic dining room on the first floor.
The Art Nouveau dining room has no straight lines anywhere at all. Three distinctive schools of Art Nouveau, the British, the Austrian and the French, are presented in separate interiors.
The former picture gallery and the reconstruction of the historic dining room remind us of the original owner of the villa, the first director of the Museum of Applied Arts and bourgeois art collector, György Ráth (1828–1905).
As the first director of the Museum of Applied Art, György Ráth was a collector himself, and when he bought the villa in 1901, he and his wife fitted it and filled it with Art Nouveau furnishings and artware. It was eventually bestowed to the the Museum of Applied Arts, who converted it as an Art Nouveau branch of the larger museum. After a tumultuous period and recent renovation, the György Ráth Villa again opened its doors to Art Nouveau aficionados in 2018 and displays the very best pieces from Museum of Applied Arts’ larger collection.
The Art Nouveau dining room and sitting room allow the visitors a glimpse of Hungarian homes at the turn of the century. In the display cases Zsolnay ceramics, glass works by Tiffany and Gallé, and jewelry by Lalique and his contemporaries can be admired. Bugatti’s exclusive pieces of furniture reveal the influence of Oriental art whereas the inspiring role of the Transylvanian roots and of the national past can be seen in the gallery with Hungarian art of the turn of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
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