Philadelphia presents Matisse, Modigliani and


by Ilse Romahn

(20.10.2022) Art has always been of great importance in Philadelphia. Visitors to the city encounter it literally at every turn in the form of murals, sculptures and in a large number of well-known museums. Philadelphia also underscores its reputation as an international art metropolis with regular special exhibitions.

Disney100: The Exhibition
Foto: Franklin Institute


Get up to date with „Matisse in the 1930s“ at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and “Modigliani Up Close” at the Barnes Foundation, two exhibition premieres are eagerly awaited. Both exhibitions will be on view in Philadelphia through the end of January 2023. With “Disney100: The Exhibition” the city is facing another world premiere in spring 2023.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is hosting a special exhibition through January 29, 2023 Henri Matisse, one of the most important representatives of classical modernism. Entitled Matisse in the 1930s, it is dedicated to a decade in the artist’s life that is considered a pivotal decade in his career, but has never before been the subject of a standalone exhibition. More than 100 works are on display, including well-known and rarely presented paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, illustrations, documentary photographs and films. Philadelphia was deliberately chosen as the venue, for it was a visit in 1930 as part of a commissioned work for the Barnes Foundation that inspired Matisse’s new creative approach, which is evident in the later works of this exceptional artist. The exhibition was created in collaboration with the Musée de l’Orangerie in Paris and the Musée Matisse in Nice – two other museums deeply connected to Matisse and who will present “Matisse in the 1930s” to their audiences in France in 2023.

Modigliani Up Close
In 2022, the Barnes Foundation will celebrate its centenary. In the autumn of its anniversary year, the gallery invites you to immerse yourself in the world of Amedeo Modigliani with the exhibition “Modigliani Up Close” and to learn exciting details about the working methods and materials of the Italian artist. New scholarly insights from specialists across Europe and America provide detailed insights into the artist’s unique style and shed new light on his working methods. The exhibition is the result of years of research by restorers and curators from all over Europe and America and shows over 50 works from important museum collections around the world. The exhibition will be on view in Philadelphia from October 16, 2022 to January 29, 2023. dr Albert C. Barnes himself was one of the first Modigliani collectors in the United States, so Modigliani Up Close is of particular importance to the Barnes Foundation.

Disney100: The Exhibition
On the occasion of the 100th birthday of the Walt Disney Company, the Walt Disney Archive opened its treasure chamber and, starting February 18, 2023, invites fans to an exciting journey through their favorite stories. Before Disney100: The Exhibition goes on tour, the exhibition will have its world premiere at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. It includes ten lavishly designed galleries that use state-of-the-art technology to bring over 250 original artworks, artifacts, costumes, props and other memorabilia from Disney’s crown jewels to life and, with interactive installations and exciting background information, take visitors on a journey through 100 years of The Walt Take Disney Company. Celebrating classics from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to Strange World as well as the newest members of the Disney family – Pixar, Star Wars, Marvel and National Geographic.