How’s this for a Friday night: great world music, a glass of wine and some of the most beautiful art in the world, at one of Philadelphia’s most impressive museums?
Even as Saadia Lawton came to Lincoln University two years ago to teach art, she couldn’t figure out why the school had never developed a nationally known program in visual arts and museum studies.
The Friends of the Barnes, the group that did not want to see the Barnes Foundation relocated from Merion to Museum Row, is furious that the former CEO of the institution now claims it wasn’t broke.
More people are visiting Philadelphia than ever, according to a new report by the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation.
Chris discusses the opening of the new Barnes Foundation, the passing of Barry Gibb and Philadelphia Councilman Jim Kenney’s plan to use inmates to pick up litter. He talks to Michael Bronstein and Jeff Roe on the Monday Morning Matchup about how religion will be used in the Presidential Campaign, to Keegan Gibson, from Politics PA, about the case against Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin, and to Phillies Manager Charlie Manuel about getting kicked out of a game last week.
Philadelphia’s latest cultural star has opened its doors to the multi-billion dollar art collection of Albert Barnes at a brand new Center City campus.
Derek Gillman, executive director of the Barnes Foundation, says the new home includes a state-of-the-art lighting system which will enable visitors to see the art in a more natural setting.
“My assumption is that the Barnes, under the current business model, must fail,” says Robert Zaller, a longtime opponent of the Barnes’ move to Philadelphia.
In advance of the building dedication ceremony later this week, the Barnes Foundation offered reporters and photographers a sneak peek at the collection in its new Philadelphia home, to get a feel for the experience.
“If you think of it (the Merion campus) as a work of art, and sort of think of the paintings as jewels and the gardens as the setting, what’s happened now is that these jewels have been removed from its setting,” says Jay Raymond about the move to Philadelphia.
Laurie Olin, who led the design of the new museum’s landscape on the 4½-acre downtown site, says he was mindful of the mandate to make the new place both an institution within a garden and a garden in a gallery.
When architects Tod Williams and Billie Tsien drew up plans for the new home of the $25-billion Barnes collection, they knew it had to copy the scale, proportion, and configuration of the original Merion galleries, built in the 1920s.
The Barnes Foundation, about to open in mid-May on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, has installed a major new piece of art.
Tickets went on sale to the general public on Thursday morning, and several dates are already sold out.
Another page in the long controversy over the Barnes Foundation and it’s move to Center City. A judge has ruled that the Friends of the Barnes and it’s attorney must pay for the Foundation’s legal fees.
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