The Hungarian National Gallery is the largest public collection presenting the history of the fine arts in Hungary.
The Late Medieval Wooden Sculptures and Panel Paintings collection boasts fully intact winged altarpieces - most notably the former main altar from the parish church of Kisszeben, which was one of the largest altar constructions in the whole of central Europe. On the ground floor individual works of art are in the majority. These include components of one-time winged altarpieces that now qualify as single pieces of art.
The exhibition of Nineteenth-century Art displays almost all the major works produced during the national romantic period. Alongside the emblematic masterworks of historical art hang Biedermeier genre pieces, Hungarian landscapes and some of the best-known exemplars of Hungarian portraiture. A separate room contains the works of Mihály Munkácsy and the greatest innovators in nineteenth century Hungarian art, and there is a cabinet exhibition Nude Sculptures from the Turn of the Century that displays marble statues from the collection.
The exhibition of Twentieth-century Art before 1945 surveys the most important trends in the fine arts in Hungary from the generation that founded the Nagybánya artists' colony in the 1880s to the 1940s.
The reunification of the Museum of Fine Arts and the Hungarian National Gallery has resulted in some major changes and challenges for the Collection of International Art after 1800. The twentieth-century and contemporary sections are organized around a variety of trends and artistic problems.
In the revamped exhibition, Shifts - Hungarian Art after 1945, visitors can see the latest creations by contemporary artists, as well as works by people who are already regarded as classics of modern Hungarian art. The exhibition presents the art of the last seventy years from three main aspects: the various movements that coexisted, the exhibitions that defined their times, and the links with international trends.