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Permanent Collection

The Barnes Collection

Masterworks by Renoir, Cézanne, Matisse, Picasso, Modigliani, Van Gogh, and other renowned artists, plus African sculpture, Native American ceramics, metalwork, and decorative arts.
Current Exhibition

Berthe Morisot:
Woman Impressionist

Until January 14, 2019
The exceptional path of a woman who defied the social norms of her time to join the Parisian avant-garde.


Upcoming Exhibition

Pat Steir
Silent Secret Waterfalls:
The Barnes Series

January 12 – November 17, 2019
An installation of 11 new paintings by the American artist.
Upcoming Exhibition

From Today, Painting Is Dead: Early Photography in Britain and France

February 24 – May 12, 2019
Featuring nearly 250 iconic pictures created between the 1840s and 1880s.

Past Exhibitions


Let's Connect: Philly's Artists Take on the Barnes

May 21 – June 4, 2018
More than 300 artists from Philadelphia submitted works inspired by pieces in the Barnes collection.

Renoir: Father and Son / Painting and Cinema

May 6 – September 3, 2018
Exploring the works of acclaimed director Jean Renoir and the influence of his father, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, on his art and life.

Marks of Change

April 6 – May 7, 2018
Emerging artists in this exhibition are members of the Guild, part of Mural Arts Philadelphia's Restorative Justice program.

Kiefer Rodin

November 17, 2017 – March 12, 2018
Works by renowned contemporary artist Anselm Kiefer, created in response to sculptures and drawings by Auguste Rodin.

Mohamed Bourouissa: Urban Riders

June 30 – October 2, 2017
Drawings, photos, costumes, sculptures, and more inspired by the artist’s collaboration with a community of North Philadelphia horsemen.

Person of the Crowd: The Contemporary Art of Flânerie

February 25 – May 22, 2017
Artists take to the street to spy, scavenge, and make provocative spectacles of themselves to speak to issues as diverse as gender politics and homelessness.

Artist Project: Andrea Hornick: Unbounded Histories

January 6 – May 22, 2017
Hornick’s sound intervention in the Collection Gallery comprises a string of poems responding to specific works at the Barnes.

Archives Exhibition: Cher Matisse

October 11, 2016 – June 12, 2017
Henri Matisse first visited the Barnes Foundation in the fall of 1930. Two months later, Dr. Barnes commissioned The Dance.

Live and Life Will Give You Pictures: Masterworks of French Photography, 1890–1950​

October 8, 2016 – January 9, 2017
In the second half of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th, photographers and painters traded aesthetic ideas.

Nari Ward: Sun Splashed

June 24 – August 22, 2016
The Barnes Foundation presents Sun Splashed, a midcareer survey of the found-object assemblage art of Nari Ward.

Picasso: The Great War, Experimentation and Change

February 21 – May 9, 2016
This exhibition looks at the dramatic fluctuations in Picasso’s style during the period surrounding the First World War, from 1912 to 1924.

Ellen Harvey: Metal Painting

September 19, 2015 – January 4, 2016
A site-specific work engaging with the iconoclastic placement of the Foundation’s ironwork in the context of its holding of paintings.

Strength and Splendor: Wrought Iron from the Musée le Secq des Tournelles, Rouen

September 19, 2015 – January 4, 2016
Exploring the fabrication, function, and intricate ornamentation of some 150 masterworks from the Musée Le Secq des Tournelles, Rouen.

Mark Dion, Judy Pfaff, Fred Wilson: The Order of Things

May 16 – August 3, 2015
The Order of Things presented three large-scale installations by internationally renowned artists Mark Dion, Judy Pfaff, and Fred Wilson.

Cezanne Uncovered: Two Sketches Revealed Through Conservation

April 10 – May 18, 2015
During a conservation treatment, the Barnes Foundation discovered two unfinished sketches—one graphite and one watercolor—on the reverse sides of two watercolors by Cézanne.

Archives Exhibition: William J. Glackens: Artist and Friend

November 8, 2014 – February 16, 2015
A look at the enduring friendship of Albert C. Barnes and William J. Glackens, who met in 1885 at Philadelphia’s Central High School.

William Glackens

November 8, 2014 – February 16, 2015
The first comprehensive survey of William Glackens in nearly half a century, this exhibition included nearly 90 major paintings and works on paper.

The World Is an Apple: The Still Lifes of Paul Cézanne

June 21 – September 22, 2014
A thematic and chronological exhibition of Cézanne’s still-life painting, showing how the “Master of Aix” recast the genre and set it on a new course.

Yinka Shonibare MBE: Magic Ladders

January 24 – April 21, 2014
A British artist of Nigerian descent, Yinka Shonibare creates dramatic, playful work that cites the artistic and intellectual history of Europe.

Ellsworth Kelly: Sculpture on the Wall

May 4 – September 30, 2013
An exhibition demonstrating the artist’s interest in the intersection of art and architecture, color and form, figure and ground. 

Ensemble: Albert C. Barnes and the Experiment in Education

May 18, 2012 – March 18, 2013
Between 1912 and 1951, Dr. Albert C. Barnes assembled one of the world’s most important holdings of post-impressionist and early modern art.

Great French Paintings from the Barnes Foundation: Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, and Early Modern

May 2, 1993 – October 22, 1995
From 1993 to 1995, while the Merion galleries were under renovation, selected paintings from the Barnes Foundation's collection went on an international tour.