Allegro Barbaro — Béla Bartók et la modernité hongroise, 1905-1920


Film, painting, photography, sound - music

Allegro Barbaro
Béla Bartók et la modernité hongroise, 1905-1920

Past: October 15, 2013 → January 5, 2014

Continuing with events at the Musée d’Orsay on great figures in modern music — Mahler and Debussy — this exhibition gives the French public an opportunity to discover a particularly vibrant period in Hungarian cultural and artistic life, through Béla Bartók (1881-1945), the man and his music.

In the early 20th century, musicians and painters in Hungary shared a desire to seek new forms of expression and a renewal with tradition. Breaking new ground within the European avant-garde, in just a few years they created their own distinctive idiom, a modernity imbued with the traditions of Hungary.

With around one hundred paintings from public collections in Hungary and from private collections, including numerous documents relating to the young Bartók and to the musicians, composers, writers, poets, philosophers and psychoanalysts in his circle — musical scores, photographs, films, archive recordings, etc. — the exhibition aims to revive this rich dialogue between music and the arts from early 20th century Hungary.

Curators : Claire Bernardi, curator, Musée d’Orsay ; Gergely Barki, art historian, Research Centre for the Humanities — Hungarian Academy of Sciences — Institute of Art History, Budapest ; Zoltan Rockenbauer, art historian.

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1, rue de la Légion d’Honneur

75007 Paris

T. 01 40 49 48 14

Official website


Opening hours

Every day except Monday, 9:30 AM – 6 PM
Late night on Thursday until 9:30 PM

Admission fee

Full rate €16.00 — Concessions €13.00

Venue schedule

The artists

  • Béla Bartók
  • Ödon Marffy
  • Leoš Janáček
  • Bedřich Smetana
  • Zoltán Kodály
  • György Ligeti
  • János Mattis Teutsch
  • Sándor Ziffer
  • Béla Czóbel
  • József Rippl Rónai