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June 3, 2008 |
Anne d'Harnoncourt, 64, the longtime chief executive of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and one of the art world's most influential women, died Monday at her Philadelphia home of natural causes, museum spokesman Norman Keyes said. He said her death was unexpected but did not elaborate. D'Harnoncourt joined the museum in 1967 as a curatorial assistant. She became museum director in 1982 and was named to replace Robert Montgomery Scott in 1997 as the museum's chief executive. "She broke ground and she just kept growing," said Derek Gillman, executive director of the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia.
May 11, 2012 |
PHILADELPHIA - Copies of famous paintings are everywhere: on dorm-room walls, on computer screens and lately pouring forth from Chinese art factories, which can churn out a hundred passable Rembrandts in a week. Architectural copies, on the other hand, remain rare, especially at full scale. Las Vegas and the original Getty Museum aside, it's not often you see an important building, in whole or in part, rebuilt in one location to match the original in another. The Barnes Foundation, in moving its spectacularly deep collection of postimpressionist and early Modern art from suburban Merion, Pa., to the center of Philadelphia, will on May 19 open a high-culture, high-stakes experiment in the second kind of duplication.
March 13, 2011 |
Is the new Barnes Museum headed for disaster? Designed to house the art collection of the Barnes Foundation, with its hundreds of Cezannes, Renoirs, Matisses, Picassos and other early modern masters, a new building is under construction in downtown Philadelphia where the collection is scheduled to move from its current home in Merion, Pa. Yet serious questions remain about the rationale for the move and the museum's long-term sustainability. The direct and indirect costs of the move downtown, including site clearance and construction, the provision of a new endowment and a substantial inducement to the Barnes' previous administrator, Lincoln University, to relinquish majority control of its board of trustees, is $300 million to $400 million.
March 11, 2010 |
Call it art appreciation as battle royal. The emotionally charged new documentary "The Art of the Steal: The Untold Story of the Barnes Collection" takes what might otherwise have remained a local matter of consequence only to art aficionados and blue bloods -- the decision to move a valuable art collection from an affluent Philadelphia suburb into the city's downtown area -- and presents the legal tussle and decades-spanning tug of war surrounding the...