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Five Reasons The Art World Will Be Focused On Philadelphia In 2012
One Major Reason All Eyes Will Be On Philly: The Barnes Foundation’s Relocation To The Benjamin Franklin Parkway
2012 is going to be a blockbuster year for art in Philadelphia. Incomparable works from the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy will make a rare U.S. appearance at the James A. Michener Art Museum. The Barnes Foundation will relocate its collection from nearby Merion, Pennsylvania to Philadelphia’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway. And the Philadelphia Museum of Art will mount an exhibition that brings together masterpieces from Gauguin, Cézanne and Matisse for the first time. Before, during and after these exciting artistic endeavors, fans of the visual arts can tour the newly reopened Rodin Museum, home to the largest collection of the artist’s works outside of Paris, and enjoy the first American show of British artist and light designer Bruce Munro at Longwood Gardens.
Here are just five reasons to get artistically inspired in Philadelphia in 2012:
Relocations & Re-openings:
- On May 19, the vast art collections of the Barnes Foundation will complete its $150-million relocation from suburban Merion, Pennsylvania to a spectacular new building on Center City Philadelphia’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway, marking the first addition to the Parkway in 60 years. Once in their new home, hundreds of works by Impressionist, post-Impressionist and early modern masters, plus African masks and Pennsylvania Dutch decorative arts, will be on view in a structure that combines the vision of their original owner Dr. Albert Barnes with a contemporary and green execution. The addition of the Barnes Foundation to the Parkway will further cement the boulevard’s status as one of the premier arts and culture corridors in the world. 20th Street & Benjamin Franklin Parkway, barnesfoundation.org
- In July of 2011, the Rodin Museum unveiled its redesigned outdoor sculpture garden, and in July 2012, museum officials will open the doors to a fully renovated interior. The relocation of many sculptures back to their rightful place in the garden has opened up indoor space for a reconfiguration of existing items, modernized visitor amenities and areas for lively public programming. A highlight of the revamped museum, which is currently closed to the public, will be the main gallery placement of a marble replica of The Kiss. 22nd Street & the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, (215) 568-6026, rodinmuseum.org
New Events & Exciting Exhibitions:
- 2012 promises to be a banner year for the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Gauguin, Cézanne, Matisse: Visions of Arcadia brings together masterpieces from the three artists for the first time. It runs from June 20-September 3. 26th Street & Benjamin Franklin Parkway, (215) 763-8100, philamuseum.org
- Incomparable works from the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy will travel to the James A. Michener Art Museum for Offering of the Angels: Treasures from the Uffizi Gallery, running April 21-August 12. The show features two tapestries and approximately 40 oil paintings created by artists as masterful as Botticelli, Titian, Tintoretto, Parmigianino and Cristofano. The pieces, which span the 15th to the 17th centuries, all depict scenes from the Old and New Testaments and relate to the themes of angels, forgiveness and the Eucharist. 138 S. Pine Street, Doylestown, (215) 340-9800, michenerartmuseum.org
- The earth and sky will light up with the first American show of Bruce Munro, a British artist and light designer, at Longwood Gardens from June 9-September 29. Light Installations by Bruce Munro places site-specific lights throughout the indoor and outdoor gardens in arrangements that depict tangible objects like flowers, raindrops and multi-hued towers. 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square, (610) 388-1000, longwoodgardens.org
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It’s the most wonderful time of the year—especially in Philly, where iconic traditions and new festivities add sparkle to the season. Highlights: Last year’s blockbuster attraction, Waterfront Winterfest, returns to Penn’s Landing for an extended run, and the famous Mummers Parade tries out a new, spectator-friendly route. Of course, the calendar is packed with favorites such as Macy’s Christmas Light Show and New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront.
Lovely Lights, Jaw-Dropping Displays & High-Tech Shows:
- Set amid the evergreens, Morris Arboretum’s Holiday Garden Railway showcases a miniature winter wonderland complete with a quarter-mile of model-train track; seven loops
Festivals, athletic events, art shows, parades and cultural events keeps art lovers, garden enthusiasts, film connoisseurs, music aficionados and sports fans keep coming back to Philadelphia year after year. Here’s what’s going on in the region in 2015:
- Thousands of decorative strutters kick off the New Year by marching along Broad Street in the festive daylong Mummers Parade. One of the five Mummers divisions, the Fancy Brigades put on two elaborate Broadway-style performances for ticket holders at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. January 1. phillymummers.com
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Here are some spots that...
Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, (215) 278-7200, barnesfoundation.org
- The first comprehensive survey of the painter in nearly half a century, William Glackens brings together 45 paintings and about 25 works on paper from public and private collections throughout the U.S. The exhibit concentrates on the most pivotal, adventurous and distinct works, including At Mouquin’s and The Soda Fountain. Fun fact: Albert Barnes and William Glackens attended Philadelphia’s Central High School together and were close friends. Glackens encouraged Barnes’ appreciation of modern French painting. November 8, 2014-February 2, 2015
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA), 128 N. Broad Street,...
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Festivals & Parades:
- It’s all Mexico—food, music, dancing and crafts—all day during the annual Mexican Independence Day Festival at Penn’s Landing. The family-friendly affair includes
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Historical Sites & Attractions:
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