Hopp Ferenc Ázsiai Művészeti Múzeum


The Hopp Museum is CLOSED between 15 April and 20 June 2019.
The library operates according to its usual timetable: Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 10 am – 3 pm. (Please ring the bell at the entrance.)
From 20 June 2019, the museum awaits its visitors according to the usual schedule (Tuesday–Sunday, 10 am to 6 pm) with a new exhibition titled Made in Asia. The Hundred-Year-Old Hopp Museum


Visit our exhibiton at Kolta Gallery (1052 Budapest, Semmelweis u. 4.):
Sojourn in the Kingdom of Heaven
Photography in China by Dezső Bozóky, Warship Doctor in the Royal-Imperial Navy, 1907–1909
10 April 2019 – 31 May 2019

“…Would you be so kind as to do me the honour… of a kind visit, when you could look through my East Asian objects one by one and judge whether you would accept them in the museum?... Of course, you will not find any world-sensation pieces among my collection, but I believe they would fit in the museum beautifully”– wrote Dezső Bozóky in 1939, in a letter to Zoltán Felvinczi-Takács, then director of the Ferenc Hopp Museum of East Asian Arts, who eventually looked over the flat in Budapest that belonged to Dezső Bozóky (1871–1957) and made an inventory of the Asian artefacts that were of interest to the museum. However, after Dezső Bozóky’s death, the Hopp Museum assumed possession not only of his Asian artefacts, but also the great deal of photographs that he took as souvenirs of his journeys. Yet, what sort of photographer was Dezső Bozóky, who, between 1 March 1907 and 12 April 1909, spent 26 months in the East Asian waters of China, Korea, and Japan as a naval officer for the Austro-Hungarian Empire?

Dezsó Bozóky’s photos of Asia, together with his travel writing and the photographs he purchased there, are now the most precious legacy of his service in naval medicine. This is especially true of the Chinese and Korean material, which are unique for their rarity and the photographer’s individual perspective. He wrote, “Only those who are involved in photography can adequately appreciate what a great degree of self-discipline and patience was required to produce my photographs in a dark and stuffy sealed cabin in that tropical atmosphere.”  As a photographing traveller, Dezső Bozóky was very exacting. He constantly documented sights with pictures as well.

Kolta Gallery: 1052 Budapest, Semmelweis u. 4.




Visit the Temple of the Muses on the long weekend! On 15 March, the national holiday commemorating the 1848-49 war of independence, you can visit the exhibition in Hopp Museum free of charge, similarly to other exciting public venues in the city.
We are looking forward to your visit!
(The exhibition is not recommended for people under 18 years of age.)



Dear Visitors,

The Hopp Museum is CLOSED between 7 January and 5 February 2019.
The library operates according to its usual timetable: Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 10 am – 3 pm. (Please ring the bell at the entrance.)

From 6 February 2019, the museum awaits its visitors according to the usual schedule (Tuesday–Sunday, 10 am to 6 pm) with a new exhibition titled
On the Other Side of the Intermediate State: The Art of Tibor Hajas and the Tibetan Mysteries​.

We are looking forward to your visit!

The exhibition is not recommended for people under 18 years of age. Certain sections feature sound and visual effects that some visitors may find disturbing.



Dear Visitors,
The exhibition “GODDESS ǀ WOMAN” can be visited until 6 January 2019.

HOLIDAY OPENING HOURS, Christmas – New Year 2018–2019
24–25 December (Monday and Tuesday): closed
26 December (Wednesday): open from 10 am to 6 pm
(admission until 5.15 pm)
27–30 December: open from 10 am to 6 pm
(admission until 5.15 pm)
31 December (Monday): open from 10 am to 4 pm
(admission until 3.15 pm)
1 January (Tuesday): open from 12 pm to 6 pm
(admission until 5.15 pm)
2 January (Wednesday): closed

The library will be closed from 17 December 2018 to 6 January 2019.

From Thursday, 3 January 2019, the museum will be open during the regular opening hours (Tuesday–Sunday: 10.00–18.00; the library is open: Tuesday and Wednesday: 10.00–15.00).
We are looking forward to your visit!

Happy holidays!




Our next exhibition:
On the Other Side of the Intermediate State: The Art of Tibor Hajas and the Tibetan Mysteries
6 February 2019 – 14 April 2019




Superhero or Victim?
Female Roles and Social Engagement in Asian Comic Books
5-7 pm, Friday, 21 September 2018
Location: Pázmány Péter Catholic University – Faculty of Humanities, Sophianum (1 Mikszáth Square, 1088 Budapest), 2nd floor, room 205

The programme is free and open to the public (no need to register)
The Ferenc Hopp Museum of Asiatic Arts and the Modern Eastern-Asian Research Group of the Pázmány Péter Catholic University cordially invite all those interested to two lectures on 21 September. The first speaker, Balázs Oroszlány, will compare Western European and Japanese comic books with a special focus on the images of female figures in shojo mangas that are intended for teenage girls. In the second lecture, Ram Devineni will speak about the first female superhero, social engagement in Indian comics, and his extremely successful project titled Priya's Shakti.


5–5.05 pm
Introduction by Róbert Válóczi, curator of the exhibition Goddess | Woman
5.05–5.50 pm
Balázs Oroszlány (comic book writer, translator): From Versailles to the massage salons.
(lecture in Hungarian language)
“Japanese female artists transformed the genre of comic book after the war, and their heros achieved even more: they defined the identity of Japanese women for generations. What are the characteristics of Japanese comic books for girls and women? How did Japanese works influence comic books in Western Europe? The lecture will provide exciting answers to these questions.”
5.50–6.50 pm
Ram Devineni (film producer): Priya’s Shakti: India’s First Female Comic Book Superhero
(the lecture will be only in English language)
“Can comic book superheroes bring about change in the world? Learn about India’s first female superhero who is a rape survivor, and how she is fighting against sexual violence while riding a flying tiger. The revolutionary character was named by UN Women as a ’gender equality champion,’ and it was one of the first comic books enhanced with augmented reality to bring the pages to life.”

Location: Pázmány Péter Catholic University – Faculty of Humanities, Sophianum (1 Mikszáth Square, 1088 Budapest), 2nd floor, room 205
The programme is free and open to the public (no need for registration)



Bollywod Party and Bhangra workshop
8pm, Thursday, 4 October 2018
Venue: Mika Tivadar Mulató (1075 Budapest, Kazinczy utca 47.)

The Hopp Ferenc Ázsiai Művészeti Múzeum, the Mika Tivadar Mulató and the Budapest Bollywood presents
Bollywod Party and Bhangra workshop on 4th of October, with the best Bollywood music by Dj Milendee and Dj Thot at the Mika Tivadar Mulató.

8 pm to 9 pm Bhangra workshop by Prince Gurvinder
9.00 pm Bollywood party
11.00 pm Bhangra dance by Prince Gurvinder

In connection with the exhibition GODDESS | WOMAN Devi Cults and Traditional Female Roles in India, the Hopp Museum, the Mika Tivadar Bar, and the Budapest Bollywood organise a Bollywood party for those who would like to enjoy nightlife in a special place/among special sceneries.
Maybe you think that museums are dusty and static, and that people working in the museum have no idea how to have fun and move to Indian rhythms. We would like to change your mind and surprise you with a special Bollywood party – come with us on 4 October to Mika Tivadar Bar. Don’t know any Indian dance steps and movements? Don’t worry, we will teach you! Participate in our lottery game and dance with the curator – fun is guaranteed!

Bhangra? It is a form of dance and music that originated in the Punjab region. Bhangra dance began as a folk dance conducted by Punjabi farmers to celebrate the coming of Vaisakhi, a Punjabi Sikh festival. Today, Bhangra dance survives in different forms and styles all over the globe. Come and try with us! Balle, balle!

Bollywood? The term of the Hindi Film industry is a mix of 'Bombay' and 'Hollywood'. Indian cinema is the world's largest film industry with an annual 2000 films. Most of then are so called musical. The songs are released and well-known before the movies as a promotion.

Free entry!

Venue: Mika Tivadar Mulató (1075 Budapest, Kazinczy utca 47.)





Our current exhibition:
Devi Cults and Traditional Female Roles in India
11 May 2018 – 6 January 2019

Curator: Róbert Válóczi

Ferenc Hopp Museum of Asiatic Arts
1062 Budapest, Andrássy út 103.
Opening times:
Tuesday–Sunday: 10.00–18.00 (closed Mondays)
Full price (adults): 1200 HUF
Young persons (aged 6–26), pensioners (aged 62–70): 600 HUF

5. Body.Radical International Performing Arts Biennale

Site-specific interventions
at 11 am on 26 October 2017

LIM Set Byeol (KOR), WATANABE Haruka (J),  ONG Yong Lock (HK), SHIMOJIMA Reisa (J), greenmay (HK), Paul YIP (HK), KALMÁR Ákos (H), KOVÁCS Emese (H)

The event will be held even in case of a light rain, there is no rain date.

About the performers

LIM Set Byeol
was the member of Akram Khan Dance Company in London after graduated at the Korean National University of Arts. Since 2014 she is one of leader of Laboratory Dance Project Company in Seoul. In 2016 she was awarded by 21th Masdanza’s price called the best choreographer.

WATANABE Haruka was born in 1993. Began studying modern dance under Kaori OKADA and Chiho SUZUKI at age five. Awarded first prize in the modern dance category at the Yokohama Competition, second prize at the Kobe Dance Competition. Performs with the dance company directed by Shintaro HIRAHARA since 2014.

SHIMOJIMA Reisa was born in 1992. Began to dance when she was 7 y.o in her home town Kagoshima (Japan). She is  active mainly on a jazzdance and Japanese traditional Yosakoi dance. Studied a contemporary dance under Kuniko Kisanuki at Obirin College. Shimojima formed her own dance company named Kedagoro in 2013. Next to the theater she often performs at public facilities, in art museums, at temples and at the station aggressively as well. Awards: “Wanna see your dancing!”, new face series 15 is won in 2016, Yokohama Dance Collection EX Competition II, “Monkey in a diaper”〈Outstanding New Artist Prize〉〈TOUCHPOINT ART FOUNDATION Prize〉Yokohama Dance Collection EX, 2017.

ONG Yong Lock was born in Malayzia works in Hong Kong. Since 2002 he is the artist director of Unlock Dancing Plaza and the arts advisor of Hong Kong Arts Development Council. Ong works as a modern dance teacher at the CCDC Dance Centre, at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and at the Hong Kong Dance Company since 2001. Awards: 2002 — Hong Kong Dance Award for his choreography of “4 In”, 2014 — Received the Award for Best Artist (Dance) at the Hong Kong Arts Development Awards 2014, 2015 — Hong Kong Dance Award “Outstanding Achievement in Independent Production” for his “Wanderer”.

Ákos Kalmar graduated as a contemporary dancer at Theatre and Film Institute in Budapest. He is permanent member of the site-specific multi-art company Ziggurat Project where he is a maker and a performer. His creations were awarded a special prize at the Soloduo International Dance Festival in 2013, 2015 and 2016. His award: Esumi and Asao won the RS9 OFF 2017 Independent Theater Festival’s main prize.

Hokusai from the British Museum

Urania National Film Theatre, Budapest (1088 Budapest, Rákóczi út 21.)
at 7 pm on 18 December 2017

Exclusive documentary about the major exhibition, 90 min, 2017
in English, with Hungarian subtitles

This fascinating new cinema event, Hokusai from the British Museum, is a stunning documentary and exclusive guided tour of the forthcoming British Museum exhibition Hokusai: beyond the Great Wave.
Filmed in Japan, France and the UK, the cinema event focuses on Hokusai’s work, life and times in the mysterious and exotic world of closed Japan. Using extraordinary close-ups and ground-breaking 8K video technology, Hokusai’s paintings and prints are examined by world experts who are at the forefront of Digital Art History.
Hokusai spent his life celebrating and studying his fellow humans as well as obsessively exploring the natural and spiritual worlds, using the famous volcano Mount Fuji as a backdrop and spiritual presence. He knew much tragedy, was struck by lightning and lived for years in poverty, but never gave up his constant search for perfection in his art. Hokusai is an artist who influenced Monet, Van Gogh and Picasso, is the father of Manga and the only painter with his own emoji.

Ticket price: 3600 HUF
For students, pensioners, teachers: 3200 HUF
Tickets are available at the Cassa of the Urania National Filmtheater (open every day 11:00-20:30, Credit Cards are accepted) and in the Ticket Sale System of Interticket and Jegymester (available in English too)








Invitation for the public:
International conference
Castle Garden Bazaar, Budapest | 2 – 3 March 2017

Please download invitation:
Invitation for the public


Venue and date: Várkert Bazár (The Castle Garden Bazaar), Budapest, Hungary, 2–3 March 2017
Registration deadline: 24 February 2017 for participants from EU / 21 February 2017 for participants from outside of the EU
Invitation for the public:
(International conference | Castle Garden Bazaar, Budapest | 2 – 3 March 2017)

Dear Colleagues,
Under the curatorial coordination of the Ferenc Hopp Museum of Asiatic Arts, Budapest, an exhibition entitled Geishas by the Danube – the Influence of Japanese Culture on Hungarian Art is held between the 15th of December 2016 and the 12th of March 2017 at Várkert Bazár (The Castle Garden Bazaar) in Budapest, Hungary. The exhibition draws relations between Hungarian modern art, the phenomenon of Japonisme in Western cultures, and classical and modern Japanese art. The exhibition has been realized in a cooperation between KogArt (Kovács Gábor Art Foundation), the Ferenc Hopp Museum of Asiatic Arts, the Museum of Fine Arts, the Hungarian National Gallery, the Museum of Applied Arts, all located in Budapest, as well as various other public and private collections in Hungary.

The goal of the Ferenc Hopp Museum of Asiatic Arts is to provide an international forum for critical reception and professional discussion of the new exhibition’s topic. Since our aim is being supported by The Japan Foundation, we are proud to announce that an international symposium entitled Japonisme in Global and Local Context will be held at the exhibition venue on 2–3 March 2017. We would like to provide an opportunity to link and synchronize research projects and materials that could lead to a broader understanding of the phenomenon of Japonisme with a focal point on the Central and Eastern European region. Papers related to the symposium’s topic in the fields of Japanese Studies, Art History, Theatre Studies, Visual Studies and International Relations will be presented by specialists from different countries. The program will begin at 9AM and end at 6PM both days, with short coffee breaks and a one hour break for lunch. The official language of the conference is English.

A registration via e-mail and the transfer of the participation fee (20 EURO | 5000 HUF) is needed for all participants of the conference. There will be no possibility to register for the conference at the time and venue of the conference.

Your program fee includes:
-Participation at the conference through 2-3 March
-An English-language guided tour of the accompanying exhibition, Geishas by the Danube
-Free entrance to the exhibition throughout the duration of the conference
-Published booklet of abstracts from all participating speakers
-Refreshments served during coffee breaks

To confirm participation, please pay the 20 € | 5000 HUF conference program fee by the following dates:
-For participants from the EU, please pay by February 24
-For participants from outside of the EU, please pay by February 21

We kindly ask you to provide additional information to be used for your program fee payment invoice via email at amFwb25pc21lY29uZmVyZW5jZSMxISsjaG9wcG11c2V1bS5odQ==
If you would like the invoice to be registered under your name: please reply with your full name and address.
If you would like the invoice to be registered under the name of your affiliated institution: please reply with the name, address, and tax reference number of your affiliated institution.
A confirmation letter will be sent to all participants after receipt of registration fee and invoicing data.
ATTENTION! Registration and payment will not be available at the conference venue.

To confirm participation, we kindly direct you to the following details for payment of the 20 € / 5000 HUF conference program fee:
Szépművészeti Múzeum
HUNGARY - Budapest, 1146 Dózsa György út 41.
Magyar Államkincstár
HUNGARY - Budapest, 1139 Váci út 71.
HU93 1003 2000 0142 5114 0000 0000
*Please note that if your country is not member of SEPA (The Single Euro Payments Area) please indicate the name and BIC of our correspondent bank!
Magyar Nemzeti Bank

JAPONISME IN GLOBAL AND LOCAL CONTEXT International Symposium, registration
*Participants will receive an invoice of payment at the registration desk of the conference upon arrival. If your institution requires a pro-form invoice prior to the money transfer, please provide the requested information above (name, address, tax reference number) as soon as possible. Be sure to indicate that you require a pro-form invoice.

We hope to meet you in Budapest in March,
Organizing Committee
Ferenc Hopp Museum of Asiatic Arts


Hopp Museum’s garden revamped

The world traveller and art collector Ferenc Hopp bought the villa that houses the Ferenc Hopp Museum of Asiatic Arts from József Knorr in 1885. He furnished the building, which was constructed based on Géza Györgyi’s architectural design, with artefacts he collected during his travels, and, inspired by Oriental gardens he had the villa’s courtyard landscaped by the gardener Ignácz Starek. During his first round the world trip (1882-1883) Ferenc Hopp visited the botanic park of the town of Buitenzorg on the Island of Java, which he praised profusely in the letters he sent home. At the time the oldest botanic garden of Southeast Asia already had some 900 different species of plants arranged combining the principles of the English landscape garden with the Southeast Asian style. It was probably because of the impression the fascinating park made on him that he decided to have his villa’s garden designed using exotic plants and Oriental artefacts. He named the building, in which he created his own version of an Oriental atmosphere, Buitenzorg Lodge. The garden was home to works of art from the three main religions, Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism, as well as objects evoking the characteristic design of regions loved the most by Hopp, i.e. India, China and Japan.
The landscape garden has changed significantly since then and welcomes visitors with renewed walkways and plants while exuding a special ambiance with restored garden artefacts. The inscription of the Moon Gate conveys the good wishes of Ferenc Hopp that are also shared by the museum:
“Let joy flow infinitely through my gate,
Let eternal mirth flourish around my entrance.”


Please download program:
Conference programme


Venue of the conference on both days: Várkert Bazár, Testőrpalota (Castle Garden Bazaar, Palace of the Guards), Budapest, Ybl Miklós tér 2.

Day I. – 02.03.2017

8:15 – 9:00     Registration

9:00    Welcome speech by Tada Sanae, director of the Japan Foundation Budapest Office
9:15    Introductory paper by Györgyi Fajcsák, director of the Ferenc Hopp Museum of Asiatic Arts:
Japoniserie Scenes at Eszterháza/Hungary - Wallpaintings from the Mid-18th Century

10:00 – 10:30     Coffee break

10:30 – 12:25    Session I “Ideologies, Identities, Geopolitics”
10:30 – 11:00 Piotr Spławski: Recourse to Otherness to Empower the Self: Japonisme at the Service of Polish Nationalist Ideologies
11:00 – 11:30 Katalin Gellér: Japonism as a Transnational and National Category of Style
11:30 – 11:50 Magdalena Piotrowska: ”Postpartition Circumstances” in Research on Japanese Art in Poland Using the Example of Ukiyo-e Woodblock Prints
11:50 – 12:10 Ildikó Farkas: Japonism in Local Context: Turanism – An Ideological and Political Inspiration for Oriental Interest in Hungary
12:10 – 12:25 Discussion

12:30 – 14:00     Lunch break

14:00 – 15:25   Session II “Local and Global Japonisme I.”
14:00 – 14:30 Ricard Bru: Local Japonisme in a Global Context: The Catalan Case
14:30 – 14:50 Svitlana Shiells: U-Turn: Japonisme in Ukrainian and Russian Fin de Siècle Art
14:50 – 15:10 Radu Leca: Staggered Diffusion: Towards a History of Romanian Japonisme
15:10 – 15:25 Discussion

15:30 – 16:00     Coffee break

16:00 – 17: 30     Guided tour at the exhibition Geishas by the Danube – the Influence of Japanese Culture on Hungarian Art

Day II. – 03.03.2017

9:00 – 10:45     Session I “Inspiring Art Forms from Japan”
9:00 – 9:30  Yuko Ikeda: The Impact of Katagami (Japanese Paper Stencils): A Hybrid Example of Japonisme
9:30 – 9:50  Widar Halén: Frida Hansen’s Japonisme and the Weaving Renaissance in the North
9:50 – 10:10 Dóra Sitkei: The Korean Origins and the Western Reception of Japanese Raku Ceramics
10:10 – 10:30 Vibeke Waallann Hansen: Designing Nordic Nature - Japanese Aesthetic and the Influence on Painting and Graphic Arts in the Nordic Countries 1880-1918
10:30 – 10:45 Discussion

10:45 – 11:15        Coffee break

11:15 – 12:40     Session II “Local and Global Japonisme II.”
11:15 – 11:45 Markéta Hánová: Beyond the Exotic Horizon: Japanese Models for Modernist Artists in Central Europe
11:45 – 12:05 Mirjam Dénes: Beyond Hokusai and Bing: Visual Source Usage of Hungarian Japonisme
12:05 – 12:25 Phylis Floyd: America Encounters Japanese Art
12:25 – 12:40 Discussion

12:40 – 14:00     Lunch break

14:00 – 15:45 Session III “Inspired Genres”
14:00 – 14:30 Daniela Franke: Japonism on Stage in Vienna around 1900
14:30 – 14:50 Filip Suchomel: Hidden Japanism on Czech Porcelain Production of the First Half of the 19th Century
14:50 – 15:10 Sonia Coman: The Interplay of the Local and the Cross-Cultural: Japoniste Ceramics in Limoges
15:10 – 15:30 Annamarie Sandecki: Grasshoppers, Gourds and Geishas: Japanese-style Motifs on 19th Century Tiffany & Co. Designs
15:30 – 15:45 Discussion

15:45 – 16:15     Coffee break

16:15 – 17:50   Session IV “Collecting, Exhibiting, and the Art Market”
16:15 – 16:35 Johannis Tsoumas: Originality vs Industrialism: Interpreting the Meaning of the Unofficial Japanese Artifacts Display in the Framework of the International of 1862
16:35 – 16:55 Stefano Turina: Vittore Grubicy de Dragon: “Giapponismo” between Milan and the International Japoniste Context
16:55 – 17:15 Sándor Kiss: The Role of Hungarian Owned Curio Network in Spreading Japonisme
17:15 – 17:30 Discussion

17:30     Conclusion