While the permanent exhibition provides an overview of the history of European music, the temporary exhibition space offers an opportunity to explore a variety of musical topics in detail: on two to three occasions throughout the year, the goal is to introduce and investigate individual eras, genres and emblematic personalities. The House of Hungarian Music is not only devoted to its own exhibitions, however. The idea is to also welcome large-scale, international exhibitions with a musical theme. The opening of the House of Hungarian Music will give Budapest a chance to become one of the world’s most visited venues for musical exhibitions alongside London, Paris and Vienna.
The initial plans for temporary exhibitions include an introductory exhibition on Hungarian pop music of the second half of the 20th century. The exhibition will provide an insight into the world of Hungarian pop music from the 1950s to the 1990s, as well as taking a look at important landmarks and movements in Western musical history during the same era. Visitors will be able to take a closer look at the musical scene during the suffocating atmosphere of the Communist one-party system, the influence of politics on music, and the most important groups and songs of the era. The temporary exhibition will also bring the most important clubs, concert venues and even house parties of the period to life for its visitors.
With the support of the Hungarian National Fund for Culture and the Hangfoglaló pop music programme, the exhibition will be curated by a team of eminent Hungarian music experts to present the development of Hungarian pop music using the edutainment solutions characteristic of the House of Hungarian Music.