July 9, 2007 |
Seven years of bitter battles came to an end in 2003 when a Montgomery County judge permitted the Barnes Foundation, holder of one the world's greatest private art collections, to move from its Main Line hideaway to a prominent place on the Parkway in Philadelphia. Some in the international art community decried the move as a bad bargain, a way to boost the Barnes financially at the cost of ruining its oddly charming galleries, in which Impressionist masterpieces are stacked as tight as puzzle pieces on the walls of a Merion mansion.
October 23, 1995 |
For months, the Barnes Foundation art collection has toured cities around the world, garnering praise from awe-struck connoisseurs and international critics. But the return of the collection to its home, and the attention it has received, are not playing well to locals who like the quiet life. The folks who live in the big houses that line North Latches Lane say they are concerned about the imminent reopening of the foundation's museum, with its extensive collection of French impressionist works.
October 1, 2010 |
Ride the Ducks, the company whose boat was hit by a barge in a July 7 accident that killed two people, will be back on the river in Philadelphia in March. But the boats will move to the Schuylkill River, leaving their former home on the Delaware River. The new tour route will include parts of the historic Old City, City Hall, the museums along the Ben Franklin Parkway including the new Barnes Museum with a water route on the Schuylkill River including city skyline views, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and America's first Water Works.
April 11, 1995 |
The Barnes Foundation yesterday temporarily withdrew its request to extend the tour of its paintings to two more cities. Foundation president Richard H. Glanton said "it's still remotely possible" that the paintings can be exibited in Munich and Rome, but, "I'm not sure it can happen. " The Foundation had asked Orphans Court in Montgomery County to allow "From Cezanne to Matisse: Great French Paintings from the Barnes Foundation" to be shown in the two cities. The court, which oversees the will of founder Albert Barnes, must approve any exibition of the foundation's paintings outside its museum in Lower Merion.
July 7, 1992 |
The testimony is done; the lawyers have a July 13 deadline to file final arguments in the tug-of-war over whether the Barnes Foundation in Lower Merion may lend more than 70 priceless paintings for a one-time-only tour of galleries in Paris, Toyko and Washington, D.C. Montgomery County Orphans Court Judge Louis D. Stefan has said he will issue a ruling by July 31. The court must intervene because the paintings' original owner, Dr. Albert C....
July 23, 1992 |
Several other issues involving the Barnes Foundation and its collection are pending in court. Among them: A suit seeking dismissal of the Barnes Foundation's board of trustees. The suit, filed by the Violette de Mazia Trust, accuses the trustees of conflict of interest because they accepted a $2 million gift to Lincoln University from the Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation, then struck a $700,000 deal with the Alfred A. Knopf company to publish a Barnes book and catalogue. Lincoln University oversees the Barnes Foundation and appoints four of the five trustees; Knopf's parent company is chaired by Samuel I. Newhouse Jr. The de Mazia trust, named for the former education director of the Barnes Foundation, supports art education activities at the Barnes.
November 26, 2010 |
Cement trucks, piles of soil, pipes and leafless shrubs are piled high behind construction gates and strategically placed signs that announce the new home of the Barnes Foundation on Benjamin Franklin Parkway at 21st Street. While the museum's move from Merion to Philadelphia has been highly publicized, fewer people know about a similar project taking place right next door, at the Rodin Museum. The Rodin Museum houses some of French sculptor Auguste Rodin's greatest works, and has been open on the Parkway since 1929.
November 13, 2012 |
Think Rodin's The Thinker is just a Philly thing? Think again. Neither are you likely to love the truth about Philly's LOVE sculpture. The subject comes up because Google, celebrating the 172d anniversary of the birth of French sculptor Auguste Rodin, has an image of the famous brooder front and center on its home page today. Also, because The Thinker can be found smack-dab in front of the Rodin Museum on the Parkway, and he's been there (except for a refurbishing-related sojourn a couple of summers ago)
February 28, 2007 |
Nancy Herman is an artist who lives in Merion The image of a new museum on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, creating an arts walkway, is a compelling one. I can understand why so many people are drawn to it. Yet for me, destroying one perfect museum to create another seems, to say the least, bereft of imagination. Contemplating this problem of the Barnes Foundation and the desire of the City of Philadelphia to make hay out of the collection, I have come up with an idea I think could satisfy all involved.
May 10, 2012 |
Missed opportunity I really appreciated Inga Saffron's review of the Barnes museum ("Art in a new light," Sunday). I agree that what was supposed to be the urbanization of a suburban museum turned into the creation of a suburban plot within a city, devoid of context and any sympathy for the public realm. However, as someone who is two years out of architecture school, I think the larger picture is the public's expectation of public buildings. During a recent drive down the Parkway, I asked my sister what she thought of the new Barnes, and if she was disappointed in its utter lack of beauty.