While you’re in Philly learning “what’s next” for communication, you can stop by to see what’s next for Philadelphia: the new Barnes on the Parkway.
After much controversy and conversation, The Barnes Foundation is moving from Merion, PA to Philadelphia. Construction on this new space is planned for November 2009, with a planned completion in 2011. In its new home in Center City, the museum will join the Rodin Museum, the Academy of Natural Sciences, The Franklin Institute, and, of course, the Philadelphia Museum of Art on Philadelphia’s Museum Mile.
Albert C. Barnes opened The Barnes Foundation in 1922 to “promote the advancement of education and the appreciation of the fine arts.” Over many years, he created one of the world’s largest collections of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist and early Modern paintings, with extensive holdings by Picasso, Matisse, Cézanne, Renoir and Modigliani, as well as important examples of African sculpture. The sheer number of paintings by well-known artists is astounding: Pierre-Auguste Renoir (181), Paul Cézanne (69), and Henri Matisse (59), Pablo Picasso (46), Chaim Soutine (21), Henri Rousseau (18), Amedeo Modigliani (16), Edgar Degas (11), Vincent van Gogh (7), Georges Seurat (6), Edouard Manet (4), and Claude Monet (4).
If the quantity and quality were not enough to attract visitors, there’s always been the creative way Barnes displayed his art. His arrangements of paintings scale the walls, one over the other. They climb over door frames, windows, and each other.
While the new Barnes won’t be open for the CCM 2010 Annual Conference, those staying the weekend should be sure to book tickets to visit the original location. You’ll get a chance to see art as only Dr. Barnes imagined it.
The current location presents an opportunity to see Matisse’s mural, The Dance II, as it hangs in the main hall of the gallery.