The Museum is not meant either for the wanderer to see by accident or for the pilgrim to see with awe. It is meant for the mere slave of a routine of self-education to stuff himself with every sort of incongruous intellectual food in one indigestible meal.
Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936) British journalist, novelist and poet.
The Louver is a morgue; you go there to identify your friends.
Jean Cocteau (1889-1963) French author and filmmaker.
That which, perhaps, hears more nonsense than anything in the world, is a picture in a museum.
Edmond de Goncourt (1822-1896) French Writer.
In museums and palaces we are alternate radicals and conservatives.
Henry James (1843-1916) American author.
Museums are just a lot of lies, and the people who make art their business are mostly imposters. We have infected the pictures in museums with all our stupidities, all our mistakes, all our poverty of spirit. We have turned them into petty and ridiculous things.
Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) Spanish painter.