Hawaii 2015: Visiting the Honolulu Museum of Art

We visited the Honolulu Museum of Art for two hours one day during our stay last month in Hawaii and saw about half of what the museum had to offer. You will need at least three hours and perhaps four to cover the entire museum, especially if you wish to browse the museum shop and / or cafe.

museum map, courtesy of the Honolulu Museum of Art

museum map, courtesy of the Honolulu Museum of Art

Grand Penelope by x. Penelope waited 20 years or her husband Ulysses to return from his wanderings.

Grand Penelope by Emile Antoine Bourdelle. Penelope waited 20 years for her husband Ulysses to return from his wanderings.

Our hour-long docent-led tour began and ended at the statue of Penelope in the central courtyard. In between we visited the five galleries that surround the Chinese Courtyard. Two of the galleries covered Japanese art, two Chinese and one followed Buddhism across several Asian countries.

Guanyin the Bodhisvatta of Compassion in the large gallery devoted to Chinese art. The wooden statue is from the Song Dynasty and was created c. 1025.

Guanyin the Bodhisvatta of Compassion in the large gallery devoted to Chinese art. The wooden statue is from the Song Dynasty and was created c. 1025.

About half of the space in the museum is devoted to Asian art. We only saw about half of these, skipping all of the galleries that surround the Palm and Kinau courtyards (India, Southeast Asia, Indonesia, Islamic world, textiles).

The spread of Buddhism throughout Asia.

The spread of Buddhism throughout Asia.

The larger of the two Japanese galleries contains mostly art of the 20th century. The smaller gallery contains rotating exhibits of the museum’s extensive collection of woodblock prints. I will have a separate posting devoted to this gallery.

The introduction to Japanese art in the large Japanese gallery.

The introduction to Japanese art in the large Japanese gallery.

20th Century Japanese woodblock prints.

20th Century Japanese woodblock prints.

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On display in the large Japanese art gallery.

Lots of glass + lots of lights = lots of glare!

Lots of glass + lots of lights = lots of glare!

Our docent left us back with Penelope after an hour and we decided to visit the second-floor galleries that covered the Philippines, American art, the Pacific, Africa, ancient Latin America and North America.

Small religious statues adorned an entire wall in the Philippines gallery.

Small religious statues adorned an entire wall in the Philippines gallery.

This exhibit shows the strong Spanish influence of Philippine culture.

This exhibit shows the strong Spanish influence on Philippine culture.

Thomas Moran's Yellowstone Falls in the small America gallery.

Thomas Moran’s painting of Yellowstone Falls in the small America gallery.

"Isles of Shoals, Broad Cove," Childe Hassam, 1911, oil on canvas, 33 1/2 x 35 3/8", Honolulu Museum of Art.

“Isles of Shoals, Broad Cove,” Childe Hassam, 1911, oil on canvas, 33 1/2 x 35 3/8″, Honolulu Museum of Art.

During our last 40 minutes at the museum we walked through the seven galleries that surround the Mediterranean Courtyard. These galleries covered the 17th and 18th centuries as well as modern art. There were also a large gallery of portraits and one devoted to impressionism, post-impressionism and neo-impressionism. My impressions of the impressionists will be covered in a separate posting.

Two paintings by x in the 18th Century European Art gallery.

Two paintings by Carlo Bonavia in the 18th Century European Art gallery.

The walls in this recently remodeled gallery are bright blue.

The walls in this recently remodeled gallery are bright blue.

Arrangement in Black No. 5: Lady Meux (1881) by James McNeill Whistler. This was my favorite painting in th elarge portrait gallery with bright orange walls, reminding me that SF Giants baseball is just around the corner!

Arrangement in Black No. 5: Lady Meux (1881) by James McNeill Whistler. This was my favorite painting in the large portrait gallery which has bright orange walls, reminding me that SF Giants Baseball is just around the corner!

We only had enough coins to last for two hours of parking and so had to leave before we had a chance to visit the large Luce Pavilion Complex that was completed in 2001. So we missed the Doris Duke theater, the museum shop, the pavilion cafe, the Clare Booth Luce gallery of modern art, and the two-story Henry R. Luce wing that features a pictorial history of Hawaii on the second floor.

The two horses outside the museum's main entrance were sculpted by Deborah Butterfeld. She created the statues from wod and then disassembled them and cast each wooden piece in bronze.

The two horses outside the museum’s main entrance were sculpted by Deborah Butterfeld. She created the statues from wood and then disassembled them and cast each wooden piece in bronze.

We’re looking forward to coming back to Hawaii some day to see the rest of the museum! Next time we will either take the bus or park at either the Museum school or the Blaisdell Center.

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2 Responses to Hawaii 2015: Visiting the Honolulu Museum of Art

  1. Zella says:

    Your photos are so good! I enjoyed the photos you took in the art museum in Honolulu. What type of equipment do you use? Thanks.

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