Month: September 2012

The Barnes Foundation – Philadelphia, USA

Can I call this museum my new darling? For a long time I have been very loyal to my Musée D’Orsay, but today’s experience at the Barnes Foundation Museum was a blast. If you like to daydream by looking at post-impressionist and early modern paintings like me, you will love this place.

When you stand in front of the minimalistic and cool facade of the museum you have no idea what is waiting inside. As soon as you step in and walk through the little galleries you feel like being shifted into Mr. Barnes very private house with its many rooms decorated with numerous (and I can just repeat that: NUMEROUS!!) breathtaking paintings by PIERRE-AUGUSTE RENOIR, PAUL CÉZANNE, HENRI MATISSE, PABLO PICASSO, HENRI ROUSSEAU, AMEDEO MOGLIANI, CHARLES DEMUTH, WILLIAM GLACKENS and many more. It is the mixture of an amazing masterpiece collection, the intimate atmosphere which is created by little gallery rooms and the nostalgic housing decor, and finally the history of Albert C. Barnes and his passion for collecting art and artist friendships, that makes this museum like no other I have ever seen in my life. What a unique experience!

The huge mural by MATISSE is one of the highlights in the museum but also a separate room showcasing the history and philanthropy of Albert Barnes and his foundation is worth seeing. It is a pity that I have to leave Philadelphia tomorrow. If not I would have come back to this museum and pretend I live here…

Seemingly cold facade of the Barnes Foundation art museum in Philadelphia?  Copyright by Natalie Park

Seemingly cold facade of the Barnes Foundation art museum in Philadelphia?
Copyright by Natalie Park

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