Lendava-Lendva Gallery and Museum

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Galerija-muzej Lendava-Lendva
Banffyjev trg 1, SI-9220 Lendava-Lendva
Phone386 (0) 2 578 9260
Dubravko Baumgartner, Director

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The Lendava-Lendva Gallery and Museum was established in 1972 by the Municipality of Lendava-Lendva. Its rich archaeological, ethnological, numismatic, and visual arts collections are displayed in the Lendava Castle and are mostly prepared with Hungarian partner institutions. The gallery programme focuses on local emerging and established artists who have also been presented abroad, combined with blockbuster exhibitions by internationally acclaimed artists.

With the Lendava-Lendva International Fine Arts Colony and the LindArt International Young Artists’ Fine Arts Colony the Lendava-Lendva Gallery and Museum has also maintained a tradition of the visual arts workshops in the region. The museum organises a restoration workshop, which takes place yearly under the supervision of the National Museum, Budapest.


The merit of the establishment of the institution goes to local sculptor Ferenc Király, a winner of the prestigious Hungarian Munkácsy Award in 2005, who also initiated the Lendava-Lendva International Fine Arts Colony in 1973 and was its director and the artistic director of the colony for 22 years, until his retirement in 1995. At first the Lendava Gallery and Museum acted as part of the Cultural Community Lendava and in 1979 it came under the Institute for Culture Lendava. In 1996, the new and continuing director of the Lendava Gallery and Museum, Franc Gerič, succeeded in setting it up as an independent public institution.



The Oloris exhibition was set up in 1991 and occupies the first floor of Lendava Castle. It presents the Bronze Age settlement of Oloris near Dolnji Lakoš. The location was researched and excavated in the 1980s by the Murska Sobota Regional Museum and Institute of Archaeology. The material from the interiors of the dwellings from the courtyard and fringes of the settlement is displayed and enhanced by a reconstructed house with a hearth and loom, and a courtyard with oven, well, fence and fields, including stone farming tools.

The historical exhibition The Castle Lies in Wait [Grad na preži] was prepared in cooperation with the Institute and Museum of Military History, Budapest. It informs us about the Turks' invasions of the territory, about a union of castles which formed the so-called Military Region. Part of the Military Region comprised the Lendava Castle, which the Turks never managed to conquer. The exhibition presents the replicas of weapons, equipments of soldiers, the flags and the images of the Lendava, Beltinci, Kaniža, Novi Zrin, and Beograd castles at that time.

The numismatic exhibition A Thousand Years of Forging Money in Hungary, donated by the National Museum, Budapest, presents the development of Hungarian currency.

The museum has a rich ethnological collection, of which only a part is exhibited in the left wing on the upper floor of the castle. It presents dwellings, as well as spiritual and aesthetic world of the ancestors of Prekmurje, i.e., painted chests (tulipánoslada), blacksmith bellows, decorative towels, pottery, and religious statues.

The György Zala Memorial Room is dedicated to György Zala (1858–1937), one of Hungary's most eminent neo-Baroque sculptors of the 19th century, who was born in Lendava. Zala was an excellent portraitist and the author of the monumental sculptures of kings and emperors at Hósök tere (Heroes' Square) in Budapest.

Since 2008 another memorial room has been dedicated to Štefan Galič (1944–1997), the academic painter and graphic artist, born in Lendava. Galič was an appraised master of the woodcutting techniques. The artists' collection of over 4,000 butterflies is also on display.

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The museum manages also the dislocated unit in Lendava town, where the exhibition Citizenship, Typography and Umbrella Manufacturing in Lendava is on display. The bourgeois class life is illustrated with a work room and a saloon of a lawyer family and with pharmacy equipment of the late 19th century. In the next room the development of Lendava typography is presented, from the beginnings in 1573, when the first book was printed on the Slovenian territory in Lendava, to the golden age of printing related to Gábor Kardos and Ernő Balkány at the turn from the 19th to the 20th century. The third room presents the umbrella factory Hungária Hazai Ernyőgyár Rt., the first in the Austro-Hungarian Empire, which developed in 1904 from the Béla Wortman dressmaking factory. The exhibition was prepared in collaboration with the Széchenyi National Library from Budapest.


The collection of the Lendava-Lendva International Fine Arts Colony presents the works by local and European artists who have participated in the colonies since 1972 with the emphasis on the works made in the museum's own bronze casting foundry which has been operating since 2005.

The gallery hosts many temporary exhibitions and regularly presents the new artworks made at the Lendava-Lendva International Fine Arts Colony and the LindArt International Young Artists’ Fine Arts Colony. György Ezüst, the head of a similar colony in Budapest, and Imre Makovecz (1935), the architect of the Lendava Culture House, both exhibited here in 2009. The gallery promotes local artists and organises their exhibitions abroad (recently with partners in Monošter, Zalaegerszeg, Budapest, and Vienna).

On the other hand the gallery presents also more ambitious international exhibition projects such as the works by Alfons Mucha from the Zdeněk Třímal's collection or the Shunga – Erotic in Japanese Art, prepared by András Morgós, researcher, restorer, and professor at the Fine Art University in Tokyo (both in 2011). In 2014 Goya's Caprichos from the Richard H. Mayer collection were on display.

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