A list of exhibitions I visited. 52
2017 23
Date Name Museum Rating
2017-10-19
Permanent exhibition Frick Collection, New York, USA
(3.5)
We spent a bit more than an hour and a half in this museum. It was more impressive than the Richard H. Driehaus Museum in Chicago, but somewhat similar (rich person's house with expensive art, furniture, and decorative objects). The collection itself (paintings) was moderately interesting, but the audio guide was very well done and I enjoyed the visit. Some of the paintings were from famous artists (Degas, Manet, Monet), but most of them were from artists that were unknown to me.
2017-10-17
Permanent exhibition / The Theater of Disappearance / Rodin at The Met Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA
(4.5)
We started with the highlights tour. The guide was really nice and her explanations were really easy to understand (i.e. not too technical). One hour and seven pieces of art later, we started a proper tour of a rather small subset of the museum. We went to the Roof Garden (The Theater of Disappearance special exhibit), the Greek and Roman Art section (statues, etc.), the Modern and Contemporary Art section, the 19th- and Early 20th-Century European Paintings and Sculpture section, and, finally, the European Paintings, 1250-1800 section (a lot more quickly, just before the museum closed). More than six hours in this fantastic museum was still not enough to see everything. Definitely one of the best museums I've ever visited.
2017-10-14
Permanent exhibition National WWII Museum, New Orleans, USA
(4.0)
I really liked this museum, even though, as I already wrote for the Yūshūkan War Memorial Museum entry, I'm not a fan of history. It contains a good mix of texts, documents, and videos. It presents an American point of view, of course, but it's probably way less controversial than the Yūshūkan War Memorial Museum. Some of the topics were more sensitive (racism, treatment of the minority groups, and, in particular, of the Japanese Americans, etc.), but presented in a transparent way. The atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were, I think, presented in a sufficiently detailed way (it's difficult to say what a "neutral" point of view would look like...). I realized I really don't know much about the Pacific War (I didn't even know Australia was bombed during the war...). We spent three hours in the museum, but it was not enough. Unfortunately, we had to go a bit faster through the "Road to Tokyo" and "Road to Berlin" exhibits.
2017-10-11
Permanent exhibition Richard H. Driehaus Museum, Chicago, USA
(3.0)
My rating is a bit harsh, but I was expecting more. This is basically a house that belonged to a rich banker, acquired by Driehaus, that now hosts the Driehaus Collection. A lot of furniture and posters. The first floor was the most impressive. It's expensive for what it is.
2017-10-10
Permanent exhibition / Tarsila do Amaral: Inventing Modern Art in Brazil Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, USA
(4.5)
One of the highlights of our trip to Chicago. This is my type of museum. Huge. Beautiful paintings everywhere. I especially liked the 19th- and 20th-century sections. Of course, we haven't had the time to visit the whole museum. The restaurant (Terzo Piano) was also excellent and a welcome pause during our 6-hour visit.
2017-10-05
Chefs-d'oeuvre de la collection Bührle - Manet, Cézanne, Monet, Van Gogh... Fondation de l’Hermitage, Lausanne, Switzerland
(3.5)
A lot of well-known painters. A lot of good paintings. A couple of excellent ones (Van Gogh's "Semeur, soleil couchant", among others).
2017-09-17
Claudio Moser - I come from the other side Musée de Bagnes, Le Châble, Switzerland
(2.0)
Exhibition located a the top of the Mauvoisin Dam. Let's just say that I'm not a fan and that I regularly said to myself: "Hey, I could have taken that photograph." It's not bad, though.
2017-09-09
Cézanne - Le chant de la terre Fondation Pierre Gianadda, Martigny, Switzerland
(3.75)
I was not impressed by the still life section, but some of the landscapes were gorgeous. The baigneuses/baigneurs section (covering about 30 years) was nice. I liked the portraits, too.
2017-07-22
Permanent exhibition Chaplin's World, Vevey, Switzerland
(4.0)
A very nice museum, for children and adults. The omnipresence of wax figures gives the place a special touch. They're sometimes almost disturbing, especially when you don't realize right away that they're not visitors. There is a nice balance between the texts to read, the movies to watch, and the movie sets to visit. The Champ de Ban Estate Manor is also interesting. The bathroom with Einstein in front of the mirror is a funny experience. It's a symbol of the whole museum/manor, in a way.
2017-06-10
Hodler Monet Munch. Peindre l'impossible. Fondation Pierre Gianadda, Martigny, Switzerland
(3.75)
A lot of landscapes, particularly mountains by Hodler. Maybe a bit too much for my taste, even though some of them are excellent. Some familiar views around Lake Geneva. A couple of fantastic paintings by Monet and Munch.
2017-04-21
Permanent exhibition Kyoto International Manga Museum, Kyoto, Japan
(3.75)
It looks like a huge library with about 300'000 manga books, magazines, and other items. As a complete neophyte when it comes to mangas, I found it a little disconcerting (this time in a bad way). The central room had a lot of explanations that were interesting and fun to read, though.
2017-04-21
Postwar German Posters for Films / Permanent exhibition National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Japan
(3.5)
The permanent exhibition was a bit disappointing (too small), but the Postwar German Posters for Films exhibition was interesting (although it could have been better structured).
2017-04-15
Many small exhibitions Design Festa Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
(3.5)
Not really a museum, but a gallery, with 15-20 small rooms / temporary exhibitions, most of them by students or artists trying to get known. I was not particularly impressed by the paintings, drawings, etc. in themselves, but going into a small room, where the artist is present, looking at her/his art in front of her/him, and repeating the experience many times is a disconcerting experience (in a good way, if that makes sense).
2017-04-15
Permanent exhibition Nezu Museum, Tokyo, Japan
(3.5)
Not a bad museum, but definitely not my cup of tea (a heterogeneous collection of paintings, ceramics, textiles, etc.). The garden is absolutely beautiful, though.
2017-04-15
All Aboard! The Cat Bus to the Ghibli Forest / Permanent exhibition Ghibli Museum, Tokyo, Japan
(4.0)
This is a museum for children and adults. Many, many small things to see (drawings, in particular, books, photos, etc.). Isao Takahata's personal photos from his trip to Switzerland in the 70s were quite funny. The museum is not too big and probably always almost full, so some rooms were very crowded and definitely less pleasant to visit. I was a bit disappointed to learn that not all of Miyazaki's short movies are shown at the same time (only one is shown at a given period and they're rotated regularly). I guess I'll have to settle for the bad-quality bootlegs that you can find online...
2017-04-14
Permanent exhibition Ukiyo-e Ōta Memorial Museum of Art, Tokyo, Japan
(4.0)
A rather small museum with a selection of ukiyo-e prints/paintings from a 12'000-piece collection. Some of them are serious. Some of them are funny. The styles, subjects, etc. are quite different. So a nice and quick visit.
2017-04-11
Marcel Breuer's Furniture: Improvement for good / Permanent exhibition National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan
(4.0)
Smaller than expected, but, overall, I really liked this museum. Lots of paintings, sculptures, video installations, etc. We had fun watching Hideo, It’s Me, Mama by Mako Idemitsu, but didn't have enough time to watch it until the end, unfortunately.
2017-04-11
Permanent exhibition Yūshūkan War Memorial Museum, Tokyo, Japan
(3.5)
I'm not a fan of history (and ashamed of admitting it) and even less interested in military/war museums. Objectively, it looks like an interesting museum, with a lot of texts to read - some of them quite controversial (i.e. revisionist), apparently - and some impressive military artefacts (planes, etc.).
2017-04-09
The Art of Disney - The Magic of Animation / Permanent exhibition National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan), Tokyo, Japan
(4.0)
The permanent exhibition is well done, but probably more interesting for children. The special exhibition (The Art of Disney - The Magic of Animation) was particularly well done - although not very "Japanese".
2017-02-19
Permanent exhibition Nest, Vevey, Switzerland
(2.5)
We visited this museum to see if it would be suitable for a school trip. It's very well done, but, at the end of the day, it's a museum dedicated to one of the largest food companies in the world.
2017-01-03
Hieronymus Bosch and His Pictorial World in the 16th and 17th century / Permanent exhibition Gemäldegalerie, Berlin, Germany
(4.25)
I absolutely love this kind of museums: lots of rooms, lots of paintings. I could stay entire days there. Hieronymus Bosch is one of my favorite painters. His style is so unique. Not many original paintings of his, but several copies. I unfortunately missed the exhibition at the Het Noordbrabants Museum in 2016, which would have been a lot better, obviously.
2017-01-02
The Heritage of the Old Kings. Ctesiphon and the Persian Sources of Islamic Art / Permanent exhibition Pergamonmuseum, Berlin, Germany
(4.0)
I don't know why, but I didn't appreciate this museum as much as I should have. I already visited it in 2009. The architectural reconstructions are impressive, but I was less impressed by the rest of the museum (and the temporary exhibition in particular - lots of texts to read, I was probably too tired...).
2017-01-01
All about GOLEM! / Eran Shakine. A Muslim, a Christian and a Jew / Permanent exhibition Jewish Museum, Berlin, Germany
(4.0)
I didn't know anything about the golem concept, so that temporary exhibition was instructive. The A Muslim, a Christian and a Jew exhibition was fun and easy to appreciate. We didn't spend a lot of time in the permanent exhibition part, as we already visited that museum in 2009. An important museum. Architecturally unique.
2016 7
Date Name Museum Rating
2016-12-30
Permanent exhibition / Things to Come Museum für Film und Fernsehen, Berlin, Germany
(4.0)
The temporary exhibition about science-fiction movies was really well done. The rest of the museum is also really worth a visit. The starting room, with the mirrors, is a lot of fun.
2016-12-30
Gülsün Karamustafa. Chronographia / Ernst Ludwig Kirchner: Hieroglyphics / The Collections Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, Germany
(3.75)
Contemporary art is sometimes baffling. A good thing I liked to be baffled. I was not always impressed by the temporary exhibitions, but they were not bad either. I like the main hall of the museum. It's huge. And almost empty.
2016-11-12
Picasso - L’œuvre ultime - Hommage à Jacqueline Fondation Pierre Gianadda, Martigny, Switzerland
(4.0)
2016-09-19
Alain Bublex - Une après-midi japonaise Musée de Bagnes, Le Châble, Switzerland
(3.25)
Exhibition located a the top of the Mauvoisin Dam.
2016-05-15
Signac : une vie au fil de l'eau Fondation de l’Hermitage, Lausanne, Switzerland
(3.5)
2016-05-06
Permanent exhibition Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen, Denmark
(4.0)
2016-05-05
Permanent exhibition / Eye Attack / Illumination / Fire Under Snow Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark
(4.0)
2015 5
Date Name Museum Rating
2015-11-07
Permanent exhibition Musée et Chiens du Saint-Bernard, Martigny, Switzerland
(2.25)
2015-10-17
Matisse Fondation Pierre Gianadda, Martigny, Switzerland
(3.25)
2015-09-20
Klee & Kandinsky / Klee in Bern Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern, Switzerland
(3.75)
2015-08-15
Permanent exhibition UBC Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver, BC, Canada
(4.0)
2015-08-07
Permanent exhibition Haida Gwaii Museum, Skidegate, BC, Canada
(4.0)
2014 6
Date Name Museum Rating
2014-10-26
Permanent exhibition Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze, Florence, Italy
(3.75)
2014-10-25
Permanent exhibition Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence, Italy
(4.5)
2014-09-21
Les mondes de Gotlib Espace Arlaud, Lausanne, Switzerland
(3.5)
2014-08-31
Renoir Fondation Pierre Gianadda, Martigny, Switzerland
(3.75)
2014-08-09
Michel Lemieux - Victor Pilon / Permanent exhibition Musée des Beaux-Arts, Montréal, QC, Canada
(4.0)
2014-07-28
Image x Image / Haïti In Extremis / Pierre Gauvreau. J'espérais vous voir ici / Les maîtres de l'Olympe / Permanent exhibition Musée de la civilisation, Québec, QC, Canada
(3.75)
2013 6
Date Name Museum Rating
2013-10-20
Permanent exhibition National Gallery, Veletržní Palace, Prague, Czech Republic
(4.25)
2013-10-06
Miró : poésie et lumière Fondation de l’Hermitage, Lausanne, Switzerland
(3.5)
2013-08-31
Modigliani et l’Ecole de Paris Fondation Pierre Gianadda, Martigny, Switzerland
(3.5)
2013-05-21
In the Light of Amarna 100 Years of the Nefertiti Discovery Neues Museum, Berlin, Germany
(4.0)
2013-05-18
Permanent exhibition Berggruen Museum, Berlin, Germany
(4.25)
2013-03-16
Permanent exhibition Museum Tinguely, Basel, Switzerland
(3.75)
2012 3
Date Name Museum Rating
2012-11-10
Van Gogh, Picasso, Kandinsky... - Collection Merzbacher - Le mythe de la couleur Fondation Pierre Gianadda, Martigny, Switzerland
(3.75)
2012-09-02
Christian Lutz - Aux dépens du réel Musée de Bagnes, Le Châble, Switzerland
(3.0)
Exhibition located a the top of the Mauvoisin Dam.
2012-09-02
Sentier du barrage Musée de Bagnes, Le Châble, Switzerland
(4.0)
Exhibition located in Mauvoisin.
2011 1
Date Name Museum Rating
2011-05-14
De Renoir à Szafran - Parcours d'un collectionneur Fondation Pierre Gianadda, Martigny, Switzerland
(3.5)
2010 1
Date Name Museum Rating
2010-12-05
Andy Warhol. The Early Sixties. Paintings and Drawings 1961-1964. Kunstmuseum, Basel, Switzerland
(3.5)