Twenty years ago, approximately 80 major paintings from the Barnes Foundation began an international tour. Entitled From Cézanne to Matisse: Great French Paintings from the Barnes Foundation, the exhibition opened at the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC. Over half a million people went to see this sample of the collection during the 106-day run of the exhibition.
Seattle Filmworks, "Visitors line up for the Great French Paintings Exhibition in Paris," 1993
Breaking attendance records at many of its venues, the exhibition introduced the Barnes collection to millions of people around the world. From Cézanne to Matisse: Great French Paintings from the Barnes Foundation was presented at the following venues:
- National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC: May 2–August 15, 1993
- Musée d’Orsay, Paris: November 6, 1993–January 2, 1994
- National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo: January 21–April 3, 1994
- Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, Texas: April 24–August 16, 1994
- Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto: September 17–December 31, 1994
- Philadelphia Museum of Art: January 29–April 1995
- Haus der Kunst, Munich: June 23–October 22, 1995
Seattle Filmworks, "Children waiting to visit the Great French Paintings Exhibition in Paris," 1993
Did you get to see the exhibition while it was on tour? Tell us about your experience.