Barnes Collection opening in Philadelphia

April 8, 2012 by  

The Barnes Foundation Philadelphia campus opens on May 19th. The Barnes collection is one of the greatest Impressionist, post-Impressionist, and early modern art collections in the world. When the Philadelphia campus opens, admission will be $18 for adults, $15 for seniors, $10 for youth, and free for children five and under. Local printing companies have likely been busy printing up tickets, flyers, posters displayed around town.

To celebrate, an opening weekend will be held on May 26-28. It will consist of

“56 hours of free access and activities.”

The events will be family friendly and will include films, food, and musical performances. Some musical acts which will be in attendance include the Black Pearl Orchestra, Relache, and AfroTaino Productions. Several workshops will also be held, such as one on mold making, there will be storytelling, examples of botanical illustration, talks such as Introduction to the Barnes, 1920s food tastings and desserts of the 1920s, arts and crafts classes inspired by Rousseau and Matisse, yoga classes, and a book signing for “Masterworks: the Barnes Collection.” Those in attendance will also have the chance to tour the exhibit “Albert C. Barnes and the experiment in education.”

The Barnes collection features examples of some of the greatest art and artists of the 19th century and the fact it will soon be in Philadelphia is very exciting. Those who work for graphic arts organizations and printing companies could learn a lot from studying the works included in this collection. Plus the fact that the works were collected by a Philadelphia native makes it all that more exciting.