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“Great building, not much art”

The Institute of Contemporary Art
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Owner description: This museum features cutting-edge contemporary painting, sculpture, architecture, film and photography.
Reviewed April 13, 2012

The ICA, Boston, is an impressive modern building cantilevered over the Boston waterfront, but only 1 of 4 floors in the building is devoted to gallery space. The sparse collection on exhibit during my visit included impressive, large, colorful canvases displayed alongside installation art such as a pile of wrapped taffy candies. I agree with 313Matt that the overabundance of staff can be intrusive upon the viewing experience; I have visited museums worldwide, from the Hermitage to MOMA, NY, where I am a member, and this was the first time I've ever been told I was standing to close to a work of art -- and what was the work of art I stood too close to? an old chair scavenged from the trash. Wolfgang Puck's Water Cafe on the ground floor provided a pleasant lunch overlooking the water. I would definitely recommend Boston's Museum of Fine Arts before taking time from a Boston trip to visit the ICA, unless you are a particular devotee of modern architecture or contemporary art.

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Reviewed April 12, 2012

Expensive entry fee for what appeared to me to be a rather small and uninspired collection. There also seemed to be an excessive number of staff which in some ways stifled our viewings. The view over the harbour from the 4th floor is fantastic and the highlight of the visit for us.

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Reviewed April 11, 2012

The name of the "Museum" is likely to steer away any non-fans of contemporary art and enjoyment may depend heavily on the particular exhibit being featured as there is no "permanent" collection. The ICA occupies a great perch on the HarborWalk - don't miss the views from inside. The ICA also has a terrific gift shop.

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Reviewed April 8, 2012

The exhibit Figuring Colors was interesting, not too 'artsy' it's not understandable anymore, the staff loved to explain when it was appropriate and the fact that touching or even eating part of the pieces was a nice way to interact. It's not mainstream, but it was fun to walk through.

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Reviewed April 4, 2012

The rotating exhibits are always top notch, and their are some great views of the Boston harbor from inside. If you can, take one of the free tours of the exhibits, the guide's are extremely helpful in exploring the art and showing you details that would otherwise go unnoticed!

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