Area: 1250 m2
Architect: Archikon Kft.
Implementation: Épkar Zrt.
The restoration begun in late 2017 is taking place according to the original architectural blueprints, returning the building's imposing spaces to their former glory.
The reconstruction of the building in keeping with its status as a cultural monument is finished, and the building welcome visitors under its new name of Millennium House from October, 2019. Through the Liget Budapest Project, architectural additions made subsequently to the building's original inauguration have been removed, the original structural framework has been restored, the new roofing has been covered with expansive glass surfaces, and the remarkable Zsolnay ceramics ornamenting the edifice's facade have been restored.
Following the comprehensive rehabilitation of the park and its institutional network, the House of the Hungarian Millennium will become one of the gems of the Városliget. It is also a symbol of the goals of Liget Budapest as its concept not only preserves tradition and reinforces links between the park and art, it also turns one of the Városliget's oldest buildings into a genuine community space and activity centre.
The mission of the NEO Contemporary Art Space is to become an exhibition space for the world’s foremost contemporary fine artists in Budapest’s City Park. In search of an international parallel, it is perhaps the Serpentine Gallery in London’s Kensington Gardens park, whose mission is the closest to that embraced by NEO in regard to location, appearance and function alike.
NEO operates within the organisational framework of the Városliget Zrt. and under the professional mentoring of the Museum of Fine Arts Budapest. Together with the Museum of Fine Arts, the Műcsarnok/Kunsthalle and the New National Gallery (to be built in the near future), NEO is an important element with a special mission in the unique and colourful fine art complex of institutions embedded in the City Park.
The 350-square-metre exhibition space in the Millennium House provides the opportunity to present a wide spectrum of contemporary works and installations. It is among the objectives of NEO to build active professional cooperation with higher education institutions of art. In addition, the art space places major emphasis on the educational dissemination of the arts; in order to realise this, it organises guided tours and museum education workshops for all age groups.