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“DELIGHTFUL ART MELANGE”

Boca Raton Museum of Art
Ranked #1 of 6 Museums in Boca Raton
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Boca Raton Museum of Art celebrates, presents, interprets, collects, preserves, encourages, and inspires creativity.
Reviewed May 6, 2014

I came for the unusual rugs on exhibit -- "Afghan rugs: The Contemporary Art of Central Asia." There are over 40 rugs, of tightly woven wool, with motifs that depart radically from traditional designs. There are rugs depicting cityscapes of faraway, foreign cities. And rugs that are essentially woven world maps. I saw portrait rugs. But the many rugs that held my eye were the so-called "war rugs." This genre in the weaving had its genesis with the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, and has continued through the American military involvement. These tapestries depict battle tanks, jet fighters, missile launchers, and Kalashnikov rifles, among other weapons. Such scenes are a stark reminder of how war is so interwoven into the recent Afghan culture. This exhibition will be at the museum until July 27th.

I also enjoyed the pre-Columbian exhibits, which are part of the permanent collection. There are earthenware vessels and figurines, both utilitarian and ritual, from South American, Central American, and Mesoamerican cultures. The Mayan pieces span a time range from pre-Classic to post-Classic, and include many polychrome works.

There are exhibits from all over sub-Sahara Africa: carved wooden face masks, some with elaborate decorations, and intricately carved wooden figurines. They are part of the permanent collection.

I was awed by the glass sculptures on display. This exhibition is small in numbers, but the works are elegant, colorful, and intricate.

There is no café in the museum, but there are some fine restaurants within a couple of blocks in Mizner Park.

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Reviewed April 6, 2014

The art was average, a few excellent period pieces and only a couple of oh wow look at that pieces of modern art. I've seen better at my city's local art walk.

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Reviewed April 1, 2014

I felt that the exhibit was poorly planned, lacking focus and direction. It contained many uninteresting and unimportant pieces and seemed to be a jumble of odd pieces, like a museum based thrift shop. There were so many donor plaques that it was distracting. This museum was not worth the time or the money. I use the Norton Museum as a comparison. The Norton has a very interesting permanent collection, has well planned seasonal exhibits, and is a much nicer space. If you are looking for art, go to the Norton in West Palm Beach.

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Reviewed March 20, 2014

Have been to this local museum many times; usually to see the latest traveling exhibition. The permanents exhibits are also worthwhile. There are docent lead tours, cocktail parties and other events scheduled throughout the year. A very nice place to spend a few hours; conveniently located at the end of Mizner park; a great place for a bite before or after the museum.

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Reviewed March 20, 2014

The Boca Museum is truly an asset to the area. Although it may be considered small, it holds many interesting modern works of art. Between the sculpture garden, permanent exhibits and temporary, there is something for everyone. Don't miss the Pop Culture exhibit as you will understand how art and the illustrative marketing world emerged. The Futurism, African and pre-Colombian exhibits are also not to be missed. What is so great about the museum is its location. After viewing the exhibits, you may enjoy your pick of what to eat.

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