A good place to while away a couple of hours in Trieste, this compact, interesting museum was certainly worth a visit, As you will read elsewhere, it is part baronial mansion, part art gallery, and has a selection of bits and pieces that provide a very enjoyable browse. On our visit, there was an attempt to counterpoint the mansion rooms with installations produced by contemporary artists. This was extremely hit and miss, and I think I'd rather have seen the rooms as they were meant to be: the installations were often simply absurd and accompanied by the most awful pretentious hoo-hah written to justify them. The worst was perhaps a light show involving a stream of luminous sand located beneath the portrait of an extremely martial gentleman which simply made it seem that the gent in question was relieving himself. Very unfortunate.The work in the music room however did manage to be very atmospheric and added something to the experience. Meanwhile, the art gallery section has some lovely pieces, and also a friendly guide who gave us an illuminating commentary on several of them. So, all in all, highly recommended.
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