US art: MFA Boston

Venue: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Lens: Sigma 35 mm f/1.4

Music: Boston – More than a feeling (

This episode in the US art series takes us out of NYC and further north to Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts (MFA). The MFA can probably best be described as Boston’s version of the Met, and despite the worldwide fame of the latter I’d definitely rate the quality of both museums equally. So I hope you enjoy this short and, as always, highly subjective peek into the MFA. I have to admit by now I have forgotten a lot about the art pieces you’ll see, so please correct my ignorance if you spot mistakes in my comments under the photos.

A look up from the main hall of the MFA.
Going into the main exhibit and some well-photographed classic art.
Just like the Met, the MFA also exhibits a mix of modern and contemporary art and photography together with world’s art from different ages and various places around the world. If I remember correctly this particular piece is tribal art from South America, but I might be very wrong here.
And I am quite certain this is a very contemporary art!
Back to tribal art, this time from Africa I believe.
And this room definitely looks Indian/Southeast Asian.
A plate with Arabic ornaments I think…and again I might be very wrong here I’m afraid.
This object (a cigarette holder it seems?) had a really interesting story and was exhibited in a room full of similar very interesting objects coming with their amazing stories. Unfortunately I forgot the particular story, but I believe it had something to do with anti-Semitism and World War II.
Another of the objects in the same room, a very old Chinese vase. During Mao’s rule it was painted over with the red sign, if I remember correctly the sign actually saved it from being destroyed as something belonging to the old emperor dynasties.
An angry looking Chinese statue casting an appropriately scary shadow behind it.
Moving on to the more contemporary part of the exhibit, this is a close up of the installation on the top photo. The weird effect of the rows of glass objects continuing to infinity must be the result of some smart positioning of mirrors, but I couldn’t really figure out the trick.
Max Beckmann and his three skulls playing cards and drinking, that I enjoyed very much…
..and the unmistakable style of Frida Kahlo.
This is Ilya Bolotowsky, a Piet Mondrian wannabe judging from that painting.
And we finish with another weird mirror trick, making this “hole” on the floor extend to infinity. An artist’s impression of a black hole, I suppose?


9 thoughts on “US art: MFA Boston

  1. Love the photos! Especially liked the one of the woman taking a picture of Venus (I think that’s who that is?). And the people with gray hair staring at the art! Life imitating art?

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