Ligeti Labyrinth / Ligeti-Labirintus

An Exhibition Celebrating the Centenary of the Composer György Ligeti's Birth

On the occasion of the 100th birthday of György Ligeti (1923–2006), Anna Dalos and Márton Kerékfy of the Musicological Institute Budapest, together with Heidy Zimmermann, curator of the György Ligeti Collection at the Paul Sacher Foundation, conceived of the traveling exhibition Ligeti Labyrinth.

The exhibition presents a wide variety of documents from the multifaceted Ligeti Estate: sketches and drafts of instructive colorfulness, calligraphic manuscripts, photographs and other documents from his life, as well as audio and video material. In nine chapters, central aspects of Ligeti's work – which on the one hand is committed to the musical tradition, but on the other hand reaches out to new possibilities – are addressed: the composer makes references to jazz or to folklore from all continents, as well as to extra-musical phenomena in the visual arts or to findings of the natural sciences.

Exhibition dates

30 November 2023 to 7 April 2024 Basel Historical Museum / Musikmuseum – LINK
  Flyer for the Basel Exhibition – PDF
13 April to 30 September 2023 Museum of Music History, Budapest – LINK
  Flyer for the Budapest Exhibition – PDF


The exhibition is accompanied by a richly illustrated catalogue published in three languages.
English: Ligeti Labyrinth: A Guided Tour through the Œuvre of György Ligeti
German: Ligeti-Labyrinth: Ein Streifzug durch das Schaffen György Ligetis
Hungarian: on request – see English edition