Full price ticket: 500 HUF
Discount ticket: 250 HUF
Combined ticket to all three exhibitions:
– full price: 1200 HUF
– discount: 600 HUF
Photo and video tickets: 1000 HUF
Hungarian: 1800 HUF
Other languages: 3000 HUF
The collection of Greek and Roman plaster casts is displayed in the former synagogue of Tata. In the early and mid-modern era Tata had a significant Jewish community. The synagogue of Tata reflects the Romanesque style reconstruction of 1861 after the design by Ignác Wechselman (1828-1903).
The academic Ferenc Pulszky purchased a collection of plaster casts of the most significant sculptures of antiquity for the Hungarian National Museum (Magyar Nemzeti Múzeum). These casts served as the core of the antiquity collection of the Museum of Fine Arts (Szépművészeti Múzeum) founded later. The collection was gradually extended with new pieces. The public could see these pieces from the 1920s until World War II.
After the war the damaged pieces were not restored. The antique plaster casts found their current place in the synagogue of Tata in the 1970s.
The casts are identical with the originals in every respect, they are the same size and in the same condition. The exhibition has huge significance in art history as it makes it possible for the public to look at all these unique works of art found originally in museums from London to Athens, Paris to Istanbul.
The opening of Mária Lugossy’s sculpture composition – the Holocaust Monument of Komárom-Esztergom County – titled “For the Martyrs of All Times”, took place in the synagogue on 18 November 2004 on the Holocaust memorial day.
Address: 7 Hősök tere, Tata 2890
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At the Exhibition of Greek-Roman Plaster Casts you will find accurate, actual size plaster casts of ancient Roman and Greek sculptures in museums all over Europe. Their chronological array allows the visitor to get a picture of how the rigid nature of the archaic Oriental era loosens across the classic idealized Heros depiction and gradually transcends into the measureless Hellenic art and finally how the Romans „copied” their Greek forebears’ art whilst creating their own style at the same time. The casts can be studied from a distance which is only allowed for researchers in case of the originals, thereby all the delicate details and millennia-aged inscriptions become visible.
The colours of antiquity
In the mind of modern people antiquity is as white as the marble it has been carved into. Two thousand years ago, however, these works of art all had vivid colours as they were representing reality. This colourful world is presented at this exhibition featuring a special light painting technology to show our visitors what these sculptures really looked like in ancient times.