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24th January, 2019

Museum lends artworks to Orbán office

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s new office has borrowed 34 paintings and four sculptures from the Museum of Fine Arts for five years, investigative website Átlátszó reports.

Most of the pictures are historical scenes or landscapes, but they also include both a portrait and a sculpture of István Tisza, Hungary’s arch-conservative prime minister in the early 20th century. All of the works are by Hungarian artists.

Átlátszó said the PMO displayed interest in several works of art on permanent display but were not given those, as paintings can only be borrowed from the warehouse, not permanent exhibitions.

The museum offered reproductions of the requested paintings for adorning the Carmelite convent.

The interior of Orbán’s new office is known only from official photographs, as no outside photographer has been allowed to enter the building.

Sources regularly consulted, with abbreviations used in text: Népszabadság (N); Magyar Hírlap (MH); Világgazdaság (VG); Napi Gazdaság (NG); Magyar Nemzet (MN); Népszava (Nsz); Kossuth Rádió news (KR); nightly TV news (TV).

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