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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 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.

The Barnes Foundation has announced its annual benefit, the Barnes Art Ball, taking place at the Barnes on Friday, October 21. An art-filled celebration of creativity, this year’s Art Ball brings together artists, philanthropists, collectors, and connectors to celebrate the Barnes’s centennial and tenth anniversary on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia. Funds raised directly support the Barnes’s educational mission and its commitment to caring for the collection, presenting diverse exhibitions, and providing innovative programs for the community.

This fall, in celebration of its centennial, the Barnes Foundation will present Modigliani Up Close, a major loan exhibition that shares new insights into Amedeo Modigliani’s working methods and materials. On view in the Roberts Gallery from October 16, 2022, through January 29, 2023, Modigliani Up Close is curated by an international team of art historians and conservators: Barbara Buckley, Senior Director of Conservation and Chief Conservator of Paintings at the Barnes; Simonetta Fraquelli, independent curator and consulting curator for the Barnes; Nancy Ireson, Deputy Director for Collections and Exhibitions & Gund Family Chief Curator at the Barnes; and Annette King, Paintings Conservator at Tate, London.

This summer, the Barnes Foundation and Mural Arts Philadelphia present Faces of Resilience, an exhibition of original artwork created by emerging artists from Mural Arts Philadelphia’s Guild program—a paid apprenticeship for formerly incarcerated individuals and young adults on probation—and artists at the State Correctional Institution: Phoenix (SCI: Phoenix), southeast Pennsylvania’s maximum-security prison for men. Free with general admission to the Barnes, Faces of Resilience will be on view in the first-floor gallery classroom from July 8 through August 22, 2022.

In celebration of Isaac Julien: Once Again . . . (Statues Never Die) at the Barnes Foundation—a new immersive film installation by artist and filmmaker Sir Isaac Julien, CBE RA, commissioned for the Barnes’s centennial—cultural partners across Philadelphia, including The Fabric Workshop and Museum; Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania & BlackStar Projects; and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, are presenting film screenings and exhibitions of Isaac Julien’s work throughout the summer and beyond.

This year, the Barnes Foundation celebrates the 100th anniversary of its establishment with a constellation of exhibitions and public programs that reflect its commitments to education, community engagement, and diversity, inclusion, and social justice. Additionally, this month marks ten years since the Barnes opened its doors on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia.

The Barnes Foundation and People’s Emergency Center (PEC), through their collaborative initiative Barnes West, have announced seven West Philadelphia-based social-impact artists who have been selected to participate in the second annual Everyday Places Artist Partnerships initiative: Nikki Brake-Sillá, Shanina Dionna, Gigi McGraw, Anssumane Silla, Jaime Wiesner & Joanna Booth, and Yidan Zeng.