Art Quarter Budapest

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Founded 2004
Budapest, Hungary


Over the years art quarter budapest has grown to become an independent cultural institution and dynamic center of contemporary arts that hosts a wide diversity of creative activities. We proudly, -give space to a continuously growing collective of progressive Hungarian artists mostly coming from the field of visual arts; -run a unique Artist-in-Residence Program for international artists, providing housing and studio space. We welcome artists from all fields including music, visual arts, circus, film, literature, theater, dance and performance; -curate exhibitions in our own gallery space; -organize exhibitions at other venues in Hungary and abroad; -offer an outdoor performance venue for music, theater, dance and circus, and indoor concert destination in the Spatial Sound Institute, for foreign performing art groups touring in Hungary; -provide a state-of-the-art premises for professional events such as workshops and conferences;

Local Information

Henrik Haggenmacher Sr. a prominent Hungarian industrialist born in Switzerland, bought the Frohner family’s brewery in 1867. In keeping up with demand, by 1875 the Haggenmacher brewery had already grown to be a second largest producer in Hungary, after Antal Dreher’s brewery. After World War I, Hungary’s loss of land heavily affected the industry, and a merge between the three largest breweries took place in 1933, combining the Dreher brewery, Haggenmacher brewery and the First Hungarian Stock-limited brewery. Within years, production was centralized at the Stock-limited Brewery in Kőbánya, and the Haggenmacher premises became a storage facility. Haggenmacher Courtyard Ltd. acquired parts of the run-down brewery and its buildings in 2004 and began the real-estate development with the rehabilitation of the factory premises and step-by-step restoration of one of the main buildings. This led to the birth of the international contemporary art center named art quarter budapest.

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