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The Barnes Foundation is a nonprofit cultural and educational institution that shares its unparalleled art collection with the public, organizes special exhibitions, and presents programming that fosters new ways of thinking about human creativity.

The Barnes Foundation has announced that the complete correspondence of Albert C. Barnes is now fully digitized. The Barnes will publish the material in batches, beginning with the correspondence between Dr. Barnes and two of his most important confidants: philosopher John Dewey, and art critic and collector Leo Stein.

In summer 2023, the Barnes Foundation will present William Edmondson: A Monumental Vision, the first major East Coast exhibition dedicated to the work of self-taught American sculptor William Edmondson (c. 1874–1951) in decades. Though Edmondson was considered one of the most important Black artists of the American South in the early 20th century, in-depth attention to his work has been sporadic. Co-curated by the Barnes’s James Claiborne, Curator of Public Programs, and Nancy Ireson, Deputy Director for Collections and Exhibitions & Gund Family Chief Curator, this exhibition sheds new light on Edmondson’s practice and artistry and explores the artist and his oeuvre within the context of African American social history.

The Board of Trustees of the Barnes Foundation today announced that David A. Fleischner, Executive Vice President at Asplundh Tree Expert, LLC, has been elected to the Board of Trustees.

In a symposium exploring new research on the work of Amedeo Modigliani, the Barnes Foundation, home to one of the largest and most important holdings of Modigliani in the world, will convene leading national and international scholars to offer an in-depth exploration of the research behind the groundbreaking Modigliani Up Close project.

Thom Collins, Neubauer Family Executive Director and President of the Barnes Foundation, today announced the appointments of two new Assistant Curators at the Barnes Foundation, Corrinne Chong and TK Smith.

In spring 2023, the Barnes Foundation presents Sue Williamson & Lebohang Kganye: Tell Me What You Remember. Bringing together the work of two of South Africa’s most acclaimed contemporary artists, the exhibition offers a cross-generational dialogue on history, memory, and the power of self-narration in the context of apartheid and its legacies.

The Barnes Foundation and the Curtis Institute of Music present John Dowell: A Public Intimate Space, an immersive performance piece created by artist John E. Dowell, Jr., blending photography, movement, and sound to explore the sacred nature of the public square—in this case Philadelphia’s Rittenhouse Square. A Public Intimate Space will take place at the Barnes on Thursday, December 8, 7–8:30 pm.

The Barnes Foundation has announced special extended hours between the Thanksgiving and New Year’s holidays—opening as early as 9 am and closing at 6 pm on select days. Normally open Thursday through Monday, the Barnes will also be open on Tuesday, December 27, and Wednesday, December 28, to welcome more visitors during the week between the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. Additionally, general admission tickets are now valid for two consecutive days.

This fall, the Barnes Foundation is presenting a constellation of programs celebrating the art of Henri Matisse and the artist’s significant relationship with Dr. Albert C. Barnes to coincide with the major exhibition Matisse in the 1930s on view at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. At the Barnes, a special archives exhibition, Matisse, Dr. Barnes, and “The Dance, on view on the Lower Level, presents historic photographs and letters that reveal the story behind the mural Matisse created for the Barnes Foundation.