Friday, October 9, 2009

The Barnes Foundation

Check out the Inquirer's images of the new Barnes Foundation on the Parkway here in Philadelphia. What do you think of the new museum?

The Barnes Foundation is home to works by Cezanne, Matisse, Renoir, Goya, Monet, and Picasso, among others. Currently the art resides in Lower Merion outside of Philadelphia. It was decided in 2002, after a long battle, to move the foundation downtown to increase traffic to this treasured collection.

Being a resident of the area, I've seen the space where the Barnes will eventually exist turn from a dilapidated juvenile center to a field of tall grass in a relatively short amount of time. It's too bad that they weren't able to salvage any of the previous building for use in the museum. It's also too bad that they chose an architect from New York. What about all the local talent?

In any case, I'm looking forward to the completion of the Barnes Foundation, the changes that we're likely to see in my neighborhood (hopefully more parking, shopping and eating!) and of course the chance to see this famed collection in this new, modern space.

Post Script: Since writing this I found an NYTimes piece on the Barnes too. See here. 

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