Some of you might know that I enjoy going to the Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art (Kinbi) whenever I have free time. Their current exhibition (which ends tomorrow) is a collection of French impressionist paintings, mostly from the 19th and early 20th centuries.
Kinbi is a small museum, but they have a lot of interesting exhibitions, and I am rarely disappointed by my experience there. I enjoyed this exhibition, too, but I did feel that there were very few 19th century French impressionist paintings mixed in with a variety of other styles of paintings. I was hoping to see more Renoir, Cezanne, and of course, Monet.
I am always impressed by the huge number of people who come to the museum near the end of an exhibition. I went this Wednesday morning, thinking that there would not be very many guests at the museum at that time. I was wrong! There was a line of people waiting to buy tickets, and the whole exhibition was crowded with people viewing the paintings. It was so noisy and crowded that I put in earphones and listened to some Debussy piano music. (This was appropriate because Debussy was, in my opinion, an impressionist composer.)
I had a good experience, but I decided that in the future, I shouldn’t go to an exhibition during its last week.
I once had an exhibition almost completely to myself: I went to see the Taka Kikukawa exhibition at about 4:15pm on a Friday afternoon, and there were no other guests. I enjoyed that experience much more.