Gallery Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old gallery quotes, gallery sayings, and gallery proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

They are at the end of the gallery; retired to their tea and scandal, according to their ancient custom. William Congreve
Galleries, and they're all the same, and rightly so, they sell work. Kim Weston
The whole world is an art gallery when you're mindful. There are beautiful things everywhere and they're free. Charles Tart
The gallery in which the reporters sit has become a fourth estate of the realm. Thomas Babington Macaulay
Love the gallery, the arena of representation. It's a commercial world, and morality is based generally around economics, and that's taking place in the art gallery. Jeff Koons
There is more to representing art than selling art. The life of the gallery is dependent on the renewal and refreshment of its artists and dealers. When that stops happening, it's the end. Arne Glimcher
You never see what you want to see, forever playing to the gallery. Robertson Davies
In a gallery, there's an expectation of high prices and a somewhat elitist atmosphere. Will Cotton
The appeal all too often is to the gallery, hungry for sensation. Otto Hermann Kahn
Walking rapidly - or even slowly - through a gallery is equivalent to browsing through a bookstore and reading the blurbs. Wendy Beckett
The museum spreads its surfaces everywhere, and becomes an untitled collection of generalizations that mobilize the eye. Robert Smithson
Every museum is full of nice things. That's the opposite of before. It was important things or serious things. Now we have interesting things. Gerhard Richter
Real museums are places where time is transformed into Space. Rupi Kaur
That's why we have the Museum, to remind us of how we came, and why: to start fresh, and begin a new place from what we had learned and carried from the old. Lois Lowry
A museum is a place where nothing was lost, just rediscovered. Nanette L. Avery
Museums have a simple way to love their story and enjoy greatly to visit it. Sirajuddin Jalil
Museums are managers of consciousness. They give us an interpretation of history, of how to view the world and locate ourselves in it. They are, if you want to put it in positive terms, great educational institutions. If you want to put it in negative terms, they are propaganda machines. Hans Haacke
Museums should be places where you raise questions, not just show stuff. William Thorsell
The museum is to help people enjoy, understand, and use the visual arts of our time. Alfred H. Barr, Jr.
A museum is a place where one should lose one's head. Renzo Piano
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 K. Chesterton
A museum has to renew its collection to be alive, but that does not mean we give on important old works. David Rockefeller
Believe that when you go into a gallery or a museum, the most powerful pieces are the ones that don't have the words in the corner that distract you from the larger piece. Maynard James Keenan
Museums are not normally presenting the works on the walls as provocations to work. It's more like going to a Jacuzzi. Hans Haacke
Many museums are drawing audiences with art that is ostensibly more entertaining than stuff that just sits and invites contemplation. Interactivity, gizmos, eating, hanging out, things that make noise - all are now the norm, often edging out much else. Jerry Saltz