Káptalan utca, Pécs
Káptalan utca, to the east of the cathedral precincts, is a delightful street lined with stately old buildings, once the residences of the cathedral canons.
Kaptalan utca Map
The simple neo-classical dwelling situated diagonally opposite the Zsolnay Museum is where the artist Victor Vasarely was born in 1908. He spent much of his life in France, but bequeathed to his home town some 150 paintings and drawings, which provide an interesting insight into the work of this founder of the Op-Art school.
Oldest House in Pécs
The oldest house in the town is first mentioned in the town records as having been the provost's house in 1324. It is likely that the vaulted entrance and the first-floor window, both with Gothic niche-seats, date from that time. The restored Renaissance windows on the first floor are evidence of renovations carried out in the early 16th C; the west extension, originally an open loggia, was added in the 18th C. The Baroque immaculata above the entrance is also from that period. The Zsolnay Collection and a selection of works by the sculptor Amerigo Tot are tastefully displayed in its beautiful rooms.The oldest house houses the Arts and Crafts collection together with examples of the work of the Hungarian sculptor Amerigo Tot on the ground floor; on the upper floor is the Zsolnay Museum containing numerous pots and receptacles and other objects made in the famous Pécs factory of that name. The varied and beautifully presented exhibits provide a most impressive record of the firm's technical achievements. The various forms and types of pottery on display reflect the many changes in style and taste which occurred within the framework of this form of European art during the late 19th C.
Modern Hungarian Gallery
The comprehensive collections of the Modern Hungarian Gallery combine works of contemporary Hungarian artists with those of earlier 20th C painters. The exhibition is housed partly in the Baroque house, formerly the cathedral canon's residence, and partly in the exhibition rooms at Szabadság utca 2.
Endre Nemes Museum
Next door to the Csontváry Museum, the visitor can see a fine collection of works by Endre Nemes, who was born in Pécsvárad in 1909 and emigrated to France. His vast canvasses reflect the influence of Symbolism.