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Oct 6 2011

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:

  1. 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
  2. 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:

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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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