Another brief Berlin note: The Curious Incident of the Museum-Goers in the Afternoon.
Gregory: “Is there any other point to which you would wish to draw my attention?”
Holmes: “To the curious incident of the museum-goers in the afternoon.”
Gregory: “The museum-goers did nothing in the afternoon.”
Holmes: “That was the curious incident.”
After I’d seen that phenomenal Botticelli 2015 – 1445 exhibition at the Gemäldegalerie, I followed the underground passage that led to the Kunstgewerbemuseum, which is the Museum of Applied Art, and, yes, I just used “Gemäldegalerie” and “Kunstgewerbemuseum” in the same sentence.
I was the only visitor in the multi-story, 7,000 square metre building. It felt very, very strange.
I have no idea why I was alone—the collection is varied, beautiful, and internationally famous. and it’s located within the Kulturforum, which is a popular arts complex.
But there was nobody there!
I suppose I should have taken advantage of absence of a crowd to savour the exhibits undisturbed, but it made me—a serious introvert who really doesn’t do well in large groups, btw—so uncomfortable that I didn’t linger.
As I was leaving, two more people were buying tickets. Were they in for a surprise.