FMS Trip to the Barnes Foundation

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After years of controversy, the Barnes Foundation was permitted to relocate its $25-billion Impressionist collection to a new home in downtown Philadelphia. All twenty-three interconnected galleries had to be exact replicas of the originals – room for room, picture by picture. However, the original galleries never enabled good light for the art. The lighting designers were granted one valuable exception. The new galleries could be altered above the crown molding. This permitted the carefully modulated use of both daylight and electric light. The result is transformative. Visitors imagined the paintings had all been restored. Only the light had changed.

We took a trip to the Barnes Foundation upon the grand opening.


Here is a collection of Barnes Foundation Articles:

Architectural Lighting – March 2013
Green Source – November 2013
2013 IES Illumination Awards – November 2013
Architectural Record – January 2013 
Vanity Fair
 – May 2012
TIME Magazine – May 2012
The New Yorker – May 2012