Top 40 Exhibition Quotes

Words matter. These are the best Exhibition Quotes from famous people such as P. T. Barnum, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Charles Saatchi, Nathan Sawaya, Dorothea Dix, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.

The show business has all phases and grades of dignity,

The show business has all phases and grades of dignity, from the exhibition of a monkey to the exposition of that highest art in music or the drama which secures for the gifted artists a world-wide fame princes well might envy.
P. T. Barnum
A man’s thinking goes on within his consciousness in a seclusion in comparison with which any physical seclusion is an exhibition to public view.
Ludwig Wittgenstein
I’ve heard that almost all the people crowding around the big art openings barely look at the work on display and are just there to hobnob. Nothing wrong with that, except that none of them ever come back to look at the art – but they will tell everyone, and actually believe, that they have seen the exhibition.
Charles Saatchi
I do hear from people at my exhibition about seeing these things made from this toy from their childhood, and it brings them back. They’ll go and buy a set of Lego from the gift shop because of that nostalgia and seeing it at the art exhibition.
Nathan Sawaya
Rules must be established and enforced, and, as numbers are increased in prisons, the necessity for vigilance increases. These rules, let it be understood, may be kindly while firmly enforced. I would never suffer any exhibition of ill-temper or an arbitrary exercise of authority.
Dorothea Dix
Making art is not the matter of a moment, and nor is making an exhibition; curating follows art.
Hans-Ulrich Obrist
Since the theater is going to be reconstructed in the techniques of joinery craftsmanship as it was before, it will take longer to make. It will be a complex of buildings, not just the Globe, with a major permanent exhibition of the Elizabethan theater.
Sam Wanamaker
My grandfather, who was always keen to promote living artists, staged an unprecedented exhibition of Peploe’s works at Kirkcaldy in 1928.
Michael Portillo
I didn’t have an exhibition anywhere until I was 30. My first exhibition was at 30, and then for my first show in America, I’m 50. It’s kind of all right: I’m just a slow burner.
Tracey Emin
I’m still trying to discover my position on my own artwork and hopefully at this exhibition someone will come and tell me. I’m open to listening to criticism.
Graham Coxon
My first exhibition oriented towards raising awareness was in 2008 in Paris. That was the first time I felt like I actually did something related to wildlife protection, and ever since that time, I haven’t stopped.
Laurent Baheux
Once you become a curator, you will inevitably end up on TV, if only to talk about your latest exhibition.
Lucy Worsley
My work, in a certain way, got started in 1996 when I did an exhibition of thirteen paintings that were solely based on fashion imagery.
Richard Phillips
‘The Art of the Brick’ is an exhibition I’ve done where I’ve taken some works of art from art history and replicated them all out of Lego bricks.
Nathan Sawaya
Certainly in the movie business there are bullies all over – bullies in the distribution business, exhibition business, production. Fine-tuning adult bullying is different. When a bully is an adult, it’s a whole different set of colors.
Martin Kove
Almost the first thing you see after entering the Houdini exhibition at the Jewish Museum is a large-screen film of Harry Houdini hanging by his ankles upside-down from a tall building, high over a sea of men in fedoras, and thrashing his way out of a straitjacket.
Robert Gottlieb
I am part of a team organising an Emma Hamilton exhibition for the National Maritime Museum for 2016, and the amount of planning is a revelation – borrowing from museums and collections all over the world.
Kate Williams
I enjoy commentating on the big tournaments for the BBC, the occasional exhibition match, and my business interests.
Stephen Hendry
There’s no way to really mock up or simulate what I’m doing until I’m there. An exhibition for me is not a statement but an experiment.
Robert Irwin
Vijay Singh won a playoff in 2004 at Whistling Straits after a final-round 76, which was the highest last round by the winner of any major since 1938, when Reg Whitcombe won the British Open with a 78 in a storm that blew down the exhibition tent at Sandwich.
Dan Jenkins
The Church is not a gallery for the exhibition of eminent Christians, but a school for the education of imperfect ones.
Henry Ward Beecher
The preparations for my very first exhibition in 1984 consisted of banging a line of nails in roughly the right place and hanging plates on them. I don’t think a tape measure or a spirit level was involved and the whole process took less time than the session in the pub afterwards.
Grayson Perry
As I made my way through ‘On Line,’ the austere, stridently dogmatic, sometimes revelatory exhibition ‘about line’ at MoMA, I found myself thinking, ‘Someone please wake me when the seventies are over!’ In the empire of curators, the sun never sets on the seventies. It is the undead decade.
Jerry Saltz
The studio is a laboratory, not a factory. An exhibition is the result of your experiments, but the process is never-ending. So an exhibition is not a conclusion.
Chris Ofili
I thought it would be my one and only exhibition, so I decided to call it My Major Retrospective.
Tracey Emin
Despite living in an increasingly digital world, there are a few things I still like to keep as physical reminders. So every time I see an exhibition, I make a pit stop at the museum gift shop to buy a postcard of something that inspired me.
Ruzwana Bashir
Drake went through my exhibition. I did meet him in Los Angeles, and he was in the spaces that I did do there, and has some images from that.
James Turrell
I never witness a performance of child-acrobats, or the exhibition of any forced talent, physical or mental, on the part of children, without protesting, at least in my own mind, against the blindness and cruelty of their parents or guardians or whoever has care of them.
Thomas Bailey Aldrich
They talk about those All-Star Games being exhibition affairs, and maybe they are, but I’ve seen very few players in my life who didn’t want to win, no matter whom they were playing or what for.
Carl Hubbell
The man at Kodak told me the shots were very good and if I kept it up, they would give me an exhibition. Later, Kodak gave me my first exhibition.
Gordon Parks
It’s different when you practice, obviously. That’s why exhibition games are a chance to see what you’re trying to do.
Zaza Pachulia
In 1959, Moscow gave space to an exhibition of American

In 1959, Moscow gave space to an exhibition of American consumer goods, and my father, also a member of this generation, tasted Pepsi for the first time.
Keith Gessen
I think Jim Taylor was very underrated, never hear much about him. We played Green Bay every year in exhibition, and generally we played them every couple of years in regular season. And I always thought he was a fierce competitor.
Bob Lilly
I was thinking of doing some exhibitions where I combine tennis and music. I might have a show at, say, the Staples Center, where I might play an exhibition against somebody who would be interesting, then take a break and go do a show.
I think the medium or format of distributing things has its own characteristics. I think that an exhibition can communicate certain things that a video can’t, and publications communicate that in a different way.
Martine Syms
Ideal conversation must be an exchange of thought, and not, as many of those who worry most about their shortcomings believe, an eloquent exhibition of wit or oratory.
Emily Post
Only an idiot would open an exhibition saying, ‘Look at my awesome work.’
Cai Guo-Qiang
I have loved corsets since I was small. When I was a child, my grandmother took me to an exhibition, and they had a corset on display. I loved the flesh color, the salmon satin, the lace.
Jean Paul Gaultier
At a certain time, an artist needs a big retrospective. At other times, they need a more focused exhibition. It’s a different story each time; it’s about establishing a dialogue.
Hans-Ulrich Obrist
There was a belief after World War I that painting could be an act of civil revolt. I want this exhibition, ‘New Museum,’ to be an act of civil disobedience. It’s not so much about the New Museum on the Bowery, but the idea of challenging museums as projections of cultural authority. It’s painting as insurgency.
Richard Phillips