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Budapest: Whimsical Museum of Applied Arts

On our way in from the airport when we arrived in Budapest, I saw this incredible building rising out of nowhere. Today I was finally able to go back to see it close up. We were debating whether to spend a gloriously sunny day (the first in three weeks) inside a museum, but in the end we did as it was free today, and it was well worth the time.

NOTE: I went back a second time, almost five months after my first visit, to try to capture the exterior of the building. I was waiting for a brilliantly sunny morning, which aren't too plentiful around here, but finally it happened. I got a bit carried away, but really, this building just so spectacular, I couldn't help myself ;-).

The Iparmüveszeti Muzeum was designed by the famous Hungarian architect Ödön Lechner in the Secession style, a variation of Art Nouveau that incorporates elements of Hungarian folk art and which became the Hungarian national style. Masterpieces by Lechner include the Geology Institute http://www.pbase.com/helenpb/image/130482111, the Postal Savings Bank http://www.pbase.com/helenpb/image/130678536, Szent Laszlo Church http://www.pbase.com/helenpb/image/130490945, a villa http://www.pbase.com/helenpb/image/130489212, Kecskemet City Hall http://www.pbase.com/helenpb/image/130648750 and the Applied Arts Museum http://www.pbase.com/image/128557313.

Information on Lechner is here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ödön_Lechner
Museum of Applied Arts (Iparmüvészeti Múzeum)
Museum of Applied Arts (Iparmüvészeti Múzeum)
Museum of Applied Arts
Museum of Applied Arts
Museum of Applied Arts
Museum of Applied Arts
Museum of Applied Arts
Museum of Applied Arts
Museum of Applied Arts
Museum of Applied Arts
Museum of Applied Arts
Museum of Applied Arts
Museum of Applied Arts
Museum of Applied Arts
Museum of Applied Arts
Museum of Applied Arts
Museum of Applied Arts
Museum of Applied Arts
Museum of Applied Arts
Museum of Applied Arts
Museum of Applied Arts
Museum of Applied Arts
Museum of Applied Arts
Museum of Applied Arts
Another stab at the Applied Arts Museum
Another stab at the Applied Arts Museum
Corner view
Corner view
Roof up close
Roof up close
Up close and personal
Up close and personal
Hidden treasure
Hidden treasure
Amazing detail
Amazing detail
Another roof nobody ever sees
Another roof nobody ever sees
Window dressing
Window dressing
Building detail, with bricks to match
Building detail, with bricks to match
Back door
Back door
Amazing crown for an amazing building
Amazing crown for an amazing building
Dome detail
Dome detail
Elaborate building front
Elaborate building front
Entry detail
Entry detail
Dome detail, in the shade
Dome detail, in the shade
1896
1896
Open window view
Open window view
Trademark chimneys
Trademark chimneys
Through a streaked window
Through a streaked window
View to the outside world
View to the outside world
Ceiling décor
Ceiling décor
Elaborate window
Elaborate window
At the entryway
At the entryway
1896
1896