The art thieves of the world are poised for action!
The Barnes Foundation’s $25 BILLION art collection is moving! The works of art; 181 Renoirs, 69 Cezannes, and 59 Matisses, along with works of Monet, Degas, Seuret, Titian and Picasso with many, many other artifacts are being transported from Dr. Albert C. Barnes’ private mansion/museum, located in a quiet suburban town outside Philadelphia, to the heart of Philadelphia’s downtown museum complex. The convoys of trucks will be rollin’ down Philadelphia’s expressways and via short cuts through sketchy neighborhoods. The FBI has been called in and cloak and dagger tactics are being taken with police escorts and double-bluffs with some convoy trucks heavily guarded carrying only one painting, others loaded to the brim with anti-hijack security systems. Not since World War II, when governments moved their collections from the museums to prevent their destruction, have we seen the magnitude of a move like this.
Dr. Barnes, 1872-1951, born to a working class family, grew up in Philadelphia, made his fortune in the pharmaceutical industry, and became passionate about bringing art to the underprivileged. He began his collections of Impressionist artists long before they were recognized as masterpieces. Now these masterpieces will be displayed just as Dr. Barnes desired, in their own brand new museum, The Barnes at Philadelphia.
Watch this video of the intriguing mystery surrounding the move of the Barnes Collection.
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The dream of Alice Walton, heir to the Wal-Mart fortune, has come true! The Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art opened in 2011 in the small Arkansas town of Bentonville. The architect for the buildings was the brilliant Israeli-born Bostonian, Moshe Safdie. The land is wooded and intimate (the setting of Ms. Walton’s father, Sam Walton’s, first five-and-dime store in 1951.)
And the collection…Wow! Works by American giants, from Benjamin West and Georgia O’Keefe, to Jim Dine and Joan Mitchell, are brought to a region that has until now had little opportunity to view the glories of America’s artistic heritage.
The Crystal Bridges Museum will very possibly be a place of pilgrimage for art lovers from around the world.
A graceful, small museum, reserved for experiencing just ONE great artist’s work has just opened in downtown Denver! Clyfford Still, 1904-1980, was a notoriously cantankerous and private artist who kept almost every piece of art he ever made; paintings on canvas (825), works on paper (1,575) and sculptures (3). He still is renowned for lighting the fuse for the movement of Abstract Expressionism…a movement of hugely scaled style with no recognizable subject matter. Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Willem de Kooning, and Barnett Newman followed his lead a few years later.
Still’s will stipulated that his estate be bequeathed to an American city that would build a museum exclusively for these works of art. None of the works could be sold, or given, or exchanged for funds. And Denver did it!! The private community raised $47 million with NO taxes levied! The result is an exquisite and light-filled space for this marvelous artist.