December 30, 2003
Before Judge Stanley Ott decides whether the Barnes Foundation can change its bylaws and relocate, I hope he realizes that the rationale for keeping the Barnes in Merion is based more on smug self-interest than on what is best for the collection. Those fighting a Barnes move offer the same, flawed arguments: 1. The Barnes Foundation was meant to serve as a school, not a museum. First, the Barnes has already evolved, at least in part, into a museum in Merion (there is an admission fee, an audio tour and a gift shop)
May 25, 2007 |
The Fairmount Park Commission in a special meeting last night approved a proposed lease that would allow the Barnes Foundation's museum and school to move to Philadelphia. Now it will be up to the City Council to approve the lease which Joseph Grace, Mayor Street's spokesman, said the administration hopes will happens before the Council ends its session next month. For a payment of $10, the foundation, now based in Merion, would get a 99-year lease on the site of Youth Study Center on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
March 26, 2011 |
The state attorney general and the Barnes Foundation have asked Montgomery County Orphans' Court to dismiss the eleventh-hour legal effort to block the relocation of the foundation's renowned art collection from Merion to Philadelphia. The latest turn in the lengthy legal proceedings over the Barnes and its trove of Cezannes, Renoirs, Matisses, and other masters came after opponents of the move filed a court petition last month to reopen the case. In that petition, the Friends of the Barnes asked Judge Stanley R. Ott, who has presided over the case since 2002, to take another look, based largely on quotes from the 2009 documentary movie The Art of the Steal . The Barnes and the attorney general argue in their responses that there is nothing new in the opponents' legal briefs or the movie, and that the Friends of the Barnes and its members cannot intervene in the case anyway because they have no legal standing.
February 2, 2012 |
Once the hoopla of its grand opening has subsided in May, the Barnes Foundation will be open six days a week, Wednesday through Monday, from 9:30 in the morning until 6 at night. Adults will shell out $18 for a ticket to enter the gallery, opening officially to the general public May 19 on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. (Seniors will pay $15 and students $10; children 5 and under are free.) A series of opening events will culiminate in 60 hours of round-the-clock free public access over Memorial Day weekend, May 26 to May 28. "The general admission prices and the membership benefits are in line with our sister institutions," said Andrew Stewart, a Barnes spokesman.
October 23, 2002 |
Joanna McQuail Reed, 85, whose four-acre garden near Malvern attracted visitors from all over the world, died Monday of congestive heart failure at Phoenixville Hospital in Chester County. Mrs. Reed, who until about a year ago could be found working in her garden at almost any time of the day, gardened for more than 60 years at Longview Farm, creating what many considered a living work of art. Garden and gardener were featured in about 100 articles in magazines and newspapers over the years, said her daughters Jane Lennon and Susie Novoa, as well as in six or seven books.
January 29, 2004 |
With the fate of one of the world's greatest private art collections in his hands, Montgomery County Orphans' Court Judge Stanley Ott will issue a decision this morning on the Barnes Foundation's proposal to move its gallery from its garden setting in Lower Merion to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Center City. The judge's office said yesterday that he would meet privately with attorneys in the case at 11 a.m. today. After that, the opinion will be made public. Harvey Wank, one of three Barnes art students who contested the foundation's proposal in court, learned yesterday while on his way to class at the foundation that the decision would come down today.
May 3, 2004 |
Moving the Barnes Foundation collection to Center City is the worst idea anyone in Philadelphia has had since the decision to bomb MOVE. The Barnes estate in Lower Merion is, as Albert Barnes designed it to be, the ideal site for his unrivaled trove of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist masterworks. The next-worst idea about the Barnes is stripping it of its assets, chief among them the Ker-Feal estate in West Pikeland Township, Chester County, to prop up its profligate administration.
November 26, 2003
How much control should the Pew Charitable Trusts exert over the Barnes Foundation if its famed art collection moves to Philadelphia? The question is important, timely and very sensitive. The move would, on balance, be good for the Barnes collection, despite the understandable qualms of many who love the foundation as it is. It would be great for Philadelphia, where the collection would become part of a world-class art constellation on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Pew and its leader, Rebecca Rimel, are prime movers in this proposed resolution to the Barnes' long battle against bankruptcy.
May 25, 2012 |
EVERY ART LOVER and his mother-in-law's brother's third cousin will be at the Barnes Foundation this weekend looking to get in on its first free fete. But, um, you guys know the art isn't going to disappear in an Impressionist-style puff of smoke, right? So be a rebel and skip the crowds this weekend in favor of some other Barnes-related activities. Themed museums Our big cultural institutions — a club the Barnes is now a member of — get all the attention, but what about the little guys?
August 22, 2007 |
Montgomery County leaders have had a falling out with the lawyer they had hired to file a lawsuit aimed at keeping the Barnes Foundation art museum from moving to Philadelphia. Thomas Ellis, chairman of the county commissioners, said the dispute with attorney Mark Schwartz would not deter the county from going to court to block the move, which was approved by a judge in 2004. But the conflict follows a decade-long pattern of sound and fury involving almost any issue pertaining to the billion-dollar collection of Impressionist art that collector Albert Barnes willed should remain exactly as it was upon his death in 1951.