Being the hub of artistic expression in Southwestern Florida, its only natural that Naples should have a world-renowned art ... More
Naples Museum of Art
Being the hub of artistic expression in Southwestern Florida, its only natural that Naples should have a world-renowned art museum. The three-storey, 30,000 square foot building was constructed in part by famous metal artist Albert Paley as well as glass artist Dale Chihuly and spans 15 galleries. The museum covers all mediums of art including sculpture and, of course, painting, while also providing educational programs and learning activities for the little ones. Check the calendar for times and events.
Saw Wyeths, Claudio Bravo, and Diane Arbus.
All three were terrific. (The notes accompanying the Wyeths were especially good.)
Great atmosphere - staff was friendly and helpful.
You gotta love the Chihuly glass!
The Naples Museum of Art at the Philharmonic Center has an outstanding permanent collection of American modernism, quite the best I have seen in its depth in any museum in the South. Works from the Armory Show, Sieglitz's Gallery, Precisionism, AAA, etc, including one or two real masterpieces. Plus the Mexican modernism collection is very good also. I found that the remarkable collection of miniature houses and room settings, as well as the palaces on view, were an amazing addition for the kids while I was looking at the art! All in all a great experience, and I never even looked at the exhibitions. Price for the family - SO much cheaper than going to Disney or Busch Gardens and SO much more valuable for the kids!
All season long the banners flew for an exhibit at the Naples Museum of Art advertising an exhibit featuring Matisse & Picasso. What you could not read on the banners well was the quite small print "From... Matisse... to... Picasso."
The prices at the Naples Museum of Art are terrible. By the time you pay the $8.00 admission fee PLUS AN ADDITIONAL $12.00 for the Matisse Picasso Exhibit, you feel like you've been through the ringer before you even get to the exhibit.
When we got to the actual exhibit, imagine our surprise to find there were only 3 Picassos and 10 more or less Matisses. There were enough Matisses to put his name on the banners, but hardly enough Picassos to qualify, and those of us coming to see Picasso were sorely disappointed.
When questioned, a guard said, "Oh, the women whose collection this was did not like Picasso." Hmmm...Bait & Switch...I wonder.
By the time another member of our family went to the exhibit several weeks later, on a student discount ($10.00-which is about all the combined entrance fee & exhibit were worth), the docents/guards were telling people that "Its NOT really a Picasso exhibit, its REALLY a Matisse exhibit." Why then advertise Picasso?
The exhibit from the National Portrait Gallery on women's portraits running concurrently was more extensive and more interesting, but had unfortunately left by the time the student went.
The rest of the museum left MUCH to be desired, and the famed Chihooley's which seem to be the museum's sole claims to fame, were in bad need of cleaning & a number of lightblubs on Persian Ceiling needed to be replaced.
All in all, a disappointing experience.
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