Average Art

Upstairs corridor @ Columbus Museum of Art

He had the look of one who had drunk the cup of life and found a dead beetle at the bottom.

P.G. Wodehouse

Alas, despite this hall seeming to be a promising beginning to a gallery of fascinating and drool-inspiring sculpture, this was more or less all that the CMOA had to offer. There were a handful more around the bend, including a Rodin that was somewhat fun to shoot, but overall I wouldn’t recommend this location if that’s what you’re into.

This was my general impression of the museum as well – limited by the size of the galleries and, by all indications, its budget for the permanent collection, there was a shortage of exciting artwork here, and the manner in which it was displayed and described along the way seemed rushed, and perhaps even trite.

Of course we had just come out of the visiting exhibition, Through Vincent’s Eyes, which was nothing short of extraordinary. Without question, their efforts to unveil the many sources of inspiration to Van Gogh and his quirky (snarky?) opinions on such sources, are unparalleled and more than sufficient reason to pack your bags and head to Columbus sometime before February 6th (when it departs for California). In other words, the Columbus Museum of Art collection suffered from the whole “pale in comparison” thing.

Overall, I think I can safely say that if you’re looking for a “wow” museum experience that is easy on the wallet, I’d sooner recommend Philadelphia.

Shot on Pixel 6 Pro, black and white filter.

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