About us

Institute of Art History, Research Centre for the Humanities, Hungarian Academy of Sciences

Director: Dr. József Sisa DSc

Deputy of director: Dr. Gábor Pataki PhD
Head of Research: Dr. Miklós Székely PhD
The Institute was established as the Research Group for Art History within the Hungarian Academy of Science in 1969. Its predecessor was the Documentation Center for Art History operating within the framework of the Ministry for Culture. Having become part of the Academy, its main responsibility was to create a general documentation collection. To be able to fulfill these requirements, along with the collections received from the Ministry (Collection of Archival Regestae, Collection of Plaster Copies of Medieval Seals, Lexicon of Hungarian Artists, Archive) other collections had been added to the newly founded institution (Library and Photographic Archive). In 1991 the name of the Institute was changed to Research Institute of Art History. According to the program of reorganization of the academic institutes, our Institute operates as part of the Research Center for the Humanities established in 1 January 2012.


The main public service mission of the Institute is to carry out researches concerning the history of arts in Hungary. The institute carries out its activities as a public service mission using advanced research methods according to the national and international standards of the discipline of art history. Its researchers curate important exhibitions in Hungary and abroad. Main topics of the research projects carried out by the Institute are concerned with the cultural heritage in Hungary, research of sources regarding the art and architecture in Hungary and art theory. The Institute’s basic task is to collect, professionally archive and publish the documents and sources in this regards. The new structure of the Institutes within the HAS however makes possible and necessary the cooperation in interdisciplinary research projects involving the partner Institutes of the Research centre fro the Humanities of the HAS and other national and international scientific organizations.

Besides managing research projects and organizing scientific programs the Institute is aiming at publishing the research results in its journal Ars Hungarica. The series Művészettörténeti Füzetek (Cahiers d’histoire de l’art) is published under the auspicies of the Institute. The Acta Historiae Artium, foreign language professional journal of art history, is edited by Ernő Marosi, member of HAS, former director of the Institute. The Hungarian edition of the world's largest artists' lexikon, the 'Artists of the World' [De Gruyter] takes place in our institute. One of our collegues is member of the curatorial board of the European Roma Cultural Foundation (ERCF). 

It is a special task of the Institute to operate the Psychiatric Art Collection and to conduct professional and scientific control over the Art Collection of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.



  • 31 October 2014

    Exhibition in honour of Ödön Lechner

      Lechner, a Creative Genius   Venue: Museum of Applied Arts, Budapest Time of Opening: 19 November 2014 Open until May 2015   Organising Institutions: Museum of Applied Arts Insitute of Art Histo...
  • 3 December 2013


      The Hungarian Academy of Sciences invitesscientists for a Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme to institutions of the MTA research network or to universities in Hungary for a period from 01.09.2014 to 31.08.2016The ...
  • 25 January 2013

    Chevalier dans l'Ordre national du Mérite de France

    We are delighted to announce that our colleague, Ms Judit Faludy research fellow of the Institute of Art History, Research Centre for the Humanities has been admitted as the member Chevalier dans l'Ordre nation...
  • 26 November 2012

    Igor Zabel Award for Culture and Theory 2012

    The European Roma Cultural Foundation lead by Tímea Junghaus, researcher of the Institute of Art History is one of the recipients of the Igor Zabel Award for Culture and Theory 2012Art historian, curator and theoris...

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