One place I didn’t make it to in Philadelphia is the Barnes Foundation. The Philadelphia Campus of the museum reopened not too long ago in a ridiculously amazing building! Of course the one day I had had the time to go was the one day a week that it’s closed (Tuesday).
And the collection is rounded out by an incredible amount of Gaguin (top), Modigliani, and Matisse. And what is up with the Matisse collections on the Eastern Seaboard? Just last week I checked out the Baltimore Museum of Art with my niece and that’s the largest collection of the Matisse in the WORLD. For some reason, I had no idea that this is where the bulk of his work was (again, cue more sighing from my mother).
It’s funny – I know sometimes institutions and artists are hesitant to put work up online because they feel like people won’t come to see the real thing. Maybe it’s just me but I’m completely the opposite. After seeing and learning a bit more about the museum, it is definitely at the top of my list for my next visit to Philly.