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An exhibition of paintings, drawings, ballet costumes, and more - on display at the Barnes Foundation - captures a shift in the vision of one of the 20th century’s best-known and influential artists.  WRTI's Meridee Duddleston reports on a current show revolving around Pablo Picasso, an artist who continually surprised the critics, the public, and his compatriots.

Music intersects with visual art in a new string quartet. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, the work is a musical reaction to the unconventional way that paintings, furniture, metalwork and other objects are displayed at the Barnes Foundation.

Radio script:

Music: Carrot Revolution

Susan Lewis: The beginning of the string quartet called Carrot Revolution is quite percussive - with sounds you don’t think of as coming from violins, viola, and cello.

Now in its sixth season, Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra continues to perform classical music in a way that reflects ethnic and gender diversity among musicians. WRTI's Susan Lewis has more. 

On Friday, March 7, 2014, Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra is performing at the Barnes Foundation. The program includes Copland's Appalachian Spring and Piazzolla's Four Seasons of Buenos Aires featuring Luigi Mazzocchi as violin soloist.

Philadelphia Celebrates Ellsworth Kelly

Jul 7, 2013

The Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia is part of worldwide celebrations of a landmark birthday for one of America’s greatest living artists. WRTI’s Jim Cotter reports.

This month, The Barnes Foundation is celebrating the first anniversary of its new home in Philadelphia.  As WRTI’s Jim Cotter reports, the Barnes is also part of worldwide celebrations of a landmark birthday for one of America’s greatest living artists.

New Book On Barnes Aims To Dispel Myths

Dec 11, 2012

After years of controversy about its move from Merion, and just months after the Barnes Foundation has settled into its new home in Philadelphia, a new book by former Harvard University President and current Barnes board member, Neil Rudenstein has been published,  titled: The House of Barnes:  The Man, the Collection and the Controversy.

The book grew out of research Rudenstein did to inform his decision about whether he was prepared to join the newly expanded Barnes board prior to the move.  

The extraordinary art collection created by the late Dr. Albert C. Barnes has moved from his suburban mansion in Merion, PA to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia. WRTI's Susan Lewis looks at the role of the new Barnes in continuing the legacy of its founder.   

We hear from architect Todd Williams, landscape architect Laurie Olin, Barnes President Derek Gillman, and Joseph Neubauer, vice chair of the Barnes Foundation's Board of Trustees.  

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The Barnes Foundation Opens In Philadelphia

May 19, 2012

As the Barnes Foundation opens its new Philadelphia home, WRTI's Jim Cotter speak with Joseph Neubauer, vice chair of the Barnes' Board of Trustees.

David Patrick Stearns profiles Nikolai Lugansky. The Russian pianist performs Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No.2 in concerts with The Philadelphia Orchestra the weekend of February 18, 2012.

Jim Cotter speaks with Barnes Foundation President Derek Gillman as final preparations get underway on the opening of the Barnes' new home in Philadelphia.

Susan Lewis considers the 18th-century German Baroque composer Georg Philipp Telemann, said to be the most prolific composer in music history.

The Barnes Foundation's New Home

Jul 19, 2010

WRTI's Jim Cotter speaks with architects Tod Williams and Billie Tsien on their design philosophy for the Barnes Foundation's new home in Center City, Philadelphia.

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