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“Fortress?”

Chazen Museum of Art
Ranked #10 of 97 things to do in Madison
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Owner description: This art museum's impressive collection includes, prints, photographs, paintings and sculptures from prehistoric times to modern day. Special exhibitions showcasing local artists take place throughout the year.
Madison, Wisconsin
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104 reviews
53 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Fortress?”
Reviewed 8 July 2014

I like the modernity of this place, but it was liking walking into a fortress, not an art museum. I thought the purpose of art is to excite the senses and thoughts of the viewer. That idea is not conveyed here.

Visited May 2014
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Maplewood, NJ
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133 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“Very Strong Regional Museum”
Reviewed 9 June 2014

Worth a trip. Very nice, large collection for a smaller city. And it is free! My only criticism is there is no information about the art included in the listing next to the painting or sculpture. So, for example, there were four examples of Russian Social realism, but other than the name of the artist and painting, there aren't any blurbs or information explaining what you are looking at, what it means in an artistic and historical concept, is missing. Now, I am sure all those art history majors and curator types can add this. (BTW this information was available for the special exhibits.)

Visited June 2014
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Island Lake, Illinois
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40 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“I will go back again and again”
Reviewed 5 May 2014

We stopped in to see a cartography exhibit and checked out a few more galleries. We were not disappointed. A varied collection and a great stop any time in Madison.

Visited April 2014
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Friendship, Wisconsin
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37 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Beautiful Art”
Reviewed 3 May 2014

Lots of nice art, very quiet, places to sit, lots to look at. What more would you want in an art museum? I think this is a very good place to go if you are interested in art, or just want something fun to do!

Visited March 2014
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Rochester, MN
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46 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Quiet and beautiful”
Reviewed 27 March 2014

A university collection, but much larger and more varied than I expected. The new space apparently lets them show much more of their collection. Much modern art, very well placed and the galleries are easy to move through. Guards were all but invisible and this really helps to enjoy the art without the feeling of supervision. Great island of quiet after busy day elsewhere in Madison. Also, there are windows so there is a visual connection to the campus and the lake.

Visited March 2014
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