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Barnes Foundation: Part 1
series: Drexel Interview
air date: 7/25/13 11:00 AM
This is the first part of a two-part episode at the site of the Barnes Foundation in its new home on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia. The Barnes, founded by physician, self-made millionaire and art collector Albert C. Barnes in 1922, is a museum and school that houses one of the most important collections of Impressionist, Postimpressionist, and Modernist art in the world. Its move from its original home in Merion, Pennsylvania to Philadelphia's "museum mile" has been a lightning rod for controversy in the art world. Now, the move is complete. In this first episode host Paula Marantz Cohen will speak with Barnes Foundation Executive Director Derek Gillman about the background and rationale for the move. Gillman will also point out special features in Foundation's new building, designed by award-winning architects Billie Tsien and Todd Williams, and will discuss the surrounding landscape designed by Laurie Olin. He will explain some notable features in the collection itself, and in the main galleries that display the collection.
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