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.
“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.
Tickets went on sale to the general public on Thursday morning, and several dates are already sold out.
The Arboretum School of the Barnes Foundation in Merion, PA will host its annual plant sale this weekend.