But he holds surprises, which this show of 60 paintings from 1901-51 may well reveal.
Even for someone who had visited them before, the regions held surprises.
The repertory should hold few surprises, he said: "More or less the same as last time."
Today's test results also held several small surprises for which regulators had no immediate explanation.
So nudity, death, violence - at least in art - hold few surprises.
"There's a good chance Soviet weaponry held big surprises for us."
Life might not be very exciting, but at least it offered friendships, security and held few surprises.
After all, life holds nothing if not surprises and we are here.
But none of the results have been from northern provinces, so the race could still hold surprises.
So far, it appeared, their voyage to the edge of the galaxy held few surprises.