Budapest Art Factory, a converted factory that’s now studios and an exhibition hall

10 Best Independent Art Galleries in Budapest

 If you’re looking to explore Budapest’s contemporary art scenes, check out these 10 independent art galleries in Budapest.

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If you’re in the market to buy some art or you’d just like to get a sense of the local art scene outside the museums, then you may want to pay a visit to a few of the independent art galleries Budapest has to offer.

1. Deák Erika Galéria

Interior shot of the Deák Erika Galéria with a few paintings on display

This gallery lies right by Budapest’s famous “Broadway of Pest.” You’ll find a range of artists, mostly painters, here both from Hungary and from abroad. Erika Deák works from this space and is a figure known in most of the major art fairs abroad. One of the biggest artists on her repertoire is Attila Szűcs. This gallery has been running since 1998, and you’ll find painters and works that’ll suit a broad range of tastes.  

Summary of
Deák Erika Galéria

Opening hours
wednesday 12:00 – 18:00
thursday 12:00 – 18:00
friday 12:00 – 18:00
mo tu sa su closed.
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Budapest, Mozsár u. 1, 1066 Hungary
Deák Erika Galéria

2. Knoll Galéria Budapest

The interior of Knoll Galéria

Knoll Galéria opened in 1989 and is the first private art gallery to open in the country. There is also a Knoll Galéria in Vienna, but the Budapest branch specializes in Central and Eastern European art. You’ll find an eclectic mix of art from Hungarian artists and photographers to more international ones, like British sculptor Tony Cragg. You are also more likely to find more politically provocative pieces here too.

Summary of
Knoll Galéria Budapest

Opening hours
tuesday 14:00 – 18:30
wednesday 14:00 – 18:30
thursday 14:00 – 18:30
friday 14:00 – 18:30
saturday 11:00 – 14:00
mo su closed.
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Budapest, Liszt Ferenc tér 10, 1061
Knoll Galéria Budapest

3. Chimera-Project

A photography exhibition in the Chimera Project’s rooms

Chimera-Project was kicked off by Swiss art historian Patrick Urwyler and Hungarian sociologist Bogi Mittich as a way to facilitate international exchange. Following their work in art institutions in Bern, Berlin, and Budapest, they decided to open their own place in the VII. District to foster international collaboration with international and Hungarian artists.

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Chimera-Project

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Budapest, Klazuál tér 5, 1072
Chimera-Project

4.acb Galéria

Painting exhibition in the acb Galéria

For up-and-coming and mid-career artists verging on the avant-garde, you may want to visit this downtown gallery. The contemporary art here is from artists who work in both traditional and new media. They also hold group shows and exclusive events for their collectors.

Summary of
acb Galéria

Opening hours
tuesday 14:00 – 18:00
wednesday 14:00 – 18:00
thursday 14:00 – 18:00
friday 14:00 – 18:00
mo sa su closed.
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Budapest, Király u. 76, 1068
acb Galéria

5. Várfok Galéria

A collection of paintings and sculptures on display at the Várfok Galéria

Várfok Galéria is one of the best indie galleries in Budapest and has been an art institution since 1990. Gallery owner Károly Szalóky opened the gallery when Hungary was free from communism.

Summary of
Várfok Galéria

Opening hours
tuesday 11:00 – 18:00
wednesday 11:00 – 18:00
thursday 11:00 – 18:00
friday 11:00 – 18:00
saturday 11:00 – 18:00
mo su closed.
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Budapest, Várfok u. 11, 1012
Várfok Galéria

6. Budapest Art Factory

Exterior shot of the Budapest Art Factory, located in a former factory building

This is a unique place to come and look at contemporary art (maybe even buy), as it’s a set of artist studios in a former factory building. Although you can call in advance to ask to visit (it’s a working studio and only operates when its heater-less conditions are favorable), there are exhibitions and shows worth visiting. The space itself is interesting alone

Summary of
Budapest Art Factory

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Budapest, Vizafogó u. 2, 1138
Budapest Art Factory

7. Budapest Art Quarter

Vernissage at the Budapest Art Quarter in Budafok

This art collective in the Budafok neighbourhood housed in a former brewery hosts regular vernissages, parties, and exhibitions, for local and international artists. This is more a community than a private gallery, but if you’re interested in doing something different on your trip, then it’s worth paying a visit.

Extra tip: The surrounding area is also famous for its wine cellars, so come on the first weekend of each month when they have their open days, otherwise, you can always book in for a wine tasting downtown.

Summary of
Budapest Art Quarter

Opening hours
tuesday 14:00 – 18:00
wednesday 14:00 – 18:00
thursday 14:00 – 18:00
friday 14:00 – 18:00
mo sa su closed.
Web Address
Address
Budapest, Nagytétényi út 48-50, 1222
Budapest Art Quarter

8. Godot Galéria

Exhibition at the Godot Galéria

Bartók Béla út has many art galleries these days, but Godot was one of the first and has been no stranger to provocative art. You’ll find the more controversial figures of the Hungarian contemporary art scene exhibited here, and more. Definitely, an interesting art gallery to drop into if you’re in the up-and-coming XI District. 

Summary of
Godot Galéria

Opening hours
saturday 10:00 – 13:00
mo tu we th fr su closed.
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Budapest, Bartók Béla út 11, 1114
Godot Galéria

9. Kisterem Galéria

Sculpture exhibition at the Kisterem Galéria

This small downtown gallery has received local and international acclaim for its contribution to the city’s art scene. You’ll find interesting exhibitions here, often featuring local artists working in different media ranging from pencil and ink drawing to multi-texture models. The gallery has been in operation since 2006 and has participated in some of the most prestigious art fairs like LISTE Basel, Art Cologne, Frieze London, FIAC Paris, and Art Rotterdam. 

Summary of
Kisterem Galéria

Opening hours
tuesday 14:00 – 18:00
wednesday 14:00 – 18:00
thursday 14:00 – 18:00
friday 14:00 – 18:00
mo sa su closed.
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Budapest, Képíró u. 5, 1053
Kisterem Galéria

10. Vintage Galéria

Exterior shot of the Vintage Galéria in Budapest, a gallery specializing in photography

If photography is your thing, then the Vintage Galéria is the place for you to explore. Owner, Attila Pőcze specializes in photography, never missing Paris Photo or other fairs. You’ll find his gallery selling 20th-century modern photography and contemporary prints by Hungarian artists. The gallery is also in a charming, green spot in the V District, right by a hidden, green square—Károly Kert.

Summary of
Vintage Galéria

Opening hours
tuesday 14:00 – 18:00
wednesday 14:00 – 18:00
thursday 14:00 – 18:00
friday 14:00 – 18:00
mo sa su closed.
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Budapest, Magyar u. 26, 1053
Vintage Galéria

Q & A

What are the best places for art galleries in Budapest?
If you’re just looking to see some art in Budapest, then the top galleries to visit are: The Hungarian National Gallery The Museum of Fine Arts The Ludwig Museum Koller Gallery Amazing Metal Art Gallery.
Which places provide the best art galleries in Budapest for couples?
Looking for an arty spot for date night or traveling as a couple? Then these are the most popular spots in Budapest for couples. Amazing Metal Art Gallery Koller Gallery Hungarian National Gallery
Where can I buy art in Budapest?
You can buy art in Budapest at a number of private galleries, mostly located in the I, V or XI Districts. There is also the Budapest Art Market, a prestigious art fair that takes place once a year.
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