Galerie nationale du Jeu de Paume

Today I visited Jeu de Paume, which until I arrived I thought I had not visited during my first trip to Paris, last summer, but upon arriving at the entrance I immediately remembered visiting last year. I thought it was a photography exhibit, because before I visited I recalled reading somewhere that it was a photography museum, but it turns out that it was more of a mixed-media affair, featuring the work of Antoni Muntadas.

I love museums, and the Jeu de Paume itself is great, but I actively disliked this exhibit. I wanted to leave after four minutes, but I forced myself to stick around for at least, I don't know, maybe 15 minutes, partly because I paid about 9€ to enter, and partly because I felt too embarrassed to leave after only four minutes. Also, I felt that if I gave the work a second look, that perhaps I would find something I missed the first time. After all, four minutes isn't a fair gauge. But 15 minutes was plenty of time for me to realize that I don't enjoy the Muntadas exhibit. Partly it may have been because I'd been expecting photography, but mostly it was because the exhibit, not necessarily the work itself, was too academic. I enjoy didactics that provide context, but this was too much. Not a fan. But I'd return to the Jeu de Paume, for sure.