According to the collecting policies of the museum, the authentication services initially encompassed the artworks of European and Hungarian art. Between the foundation of the Hungarian National Gallery in 1957 and 1975, the Hungarian National Gallery and the Museum of Fine Arts jointly provided the authentication services. Then from 1975 these two national public collections continued providing the authentication services according to their own collecting policies. The collecting policies of the Museum of Fine Arts include artworks (sculptures, paintings, prints, and drawings) by foreign artists of ancient Egypt, classical antiquity and European art from the Middle Ages until the present days.
The authentication services included the description of the artworks and determined the artist, school, region, date, iconography, technique, and quality of the work. If necessary, these services involved technical analyses and the examination of the authenticity of the artworks. In 1994, the Museum of Fine Arts, adjusting to the changes in the customers’ demands, decided to alter the former practice and implemented the supply of authentication documents in different form and length.
On 1 September 2008, the Museum of Fine Arts Budapest ceased to issue authentication and expertise documents.
Formal data requests from the Authentication Documents Archive (issued between 1975 and 2008) can be submitted to the Museum of Fine Arts. We kindly ask our clients to submit the data request form indicating your name and contact details with reference to the serial number of the authentication document in e-mail to our colleague as below:
Ágnes Kovács – email@example.com
The Museum of Fine Arts Budapest issues documents of the Authentication Documents Archive only after an approval in digital format. No information is available via phone conversations.
The administration fee of the data request from the authentication archive is: 5000 HUF (ca. 16 EUR)/item.
Authentication and Expertise for Export Permissions
Since 1 October 2009, the process of the export permission for artworks has changed. The artworks which are intended to be exported should no longer be submitted to public collections for preliminary authentication or expertise, but should solely be submitted to the Inspectorate of Cultural Goods of the Cultural Heritage Protection Department in the Prime Minister’s Office as assigned authority.
Further information (in Hungarian) on export permission is available hereby:
Inspectorate of Cultural Goods of the Cultural Heritage Protection Department in the Prime Minister’s Office