The man who led the move of the Barnes Foundation from Merion to Museum Row in Philadelphia is stepping down to become a visiting professor at Drexel University.
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.
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 opening date was announced even as a Montgomery County judge deliberates on whether the move from Merion is legal.