Philadelphia's The Barnes Foundation to Host Picasso Exhibition

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The Barnes Foundation, in partnership with the Columbus Museum of Art, Ohio, is set to host a major new art exhibition on Picasso starting early next year. 

Picasso: The Great War, Experimentation and Change will be on view February 21 through May 9, 2016, at the Barnes before traveling to the Columbus Museum of Art in June. 

Curated by Simonetta Fraquelli, an independent curator and specialist in early twentieth-century European art, the exhibition explores Pablo Picasso’s work between 1912 and 1924, highlighting the years of the First World War, when the artist began to alternate between cubist and classical modes in his art. The exhibition will show 50 works by Picasso drawn from major American and European museums and private collections, including oil paintings, watercolors, drawings, and four costumes the artist designed for the avant-garde ballet, Parade, in 1917. Some 15 other important canvases by Picasso’s contemporaries—including Henri Matisse, Fernand Léger, and Diego Rivera—will also be presented.

“A radical shift occurred in Picasso’s work in 1914,” said curator Simonetta Fraquelli. “Following seven years of refining the visual language of cubism, he began to introduce elements of naturalism to his work.” 

Included in the exhibition will be major works from the Picasso museums in Barcelona, Málaga, and Paris, including, respectively: Woman with a Mantilla (Fatma), oil and charcoal on canvas, 1917; Olga Kholklova with a Mantilla, oil on canvas, 1917; and Femme Assise, oil on canvas, 1920. 

Tickets for Picasso: The Great War, Experimentation and Change are now available for purchase at The exhibition is free for members and general admission tickets with permanent collection access are $29 for adults. Senior tickets are $27, youth/student tickets are $15, and children (0-5 years old) receive free admission. Exhibition-only tickets are available for $14 or are free for Barnes members. Exhibition-only tickets are available for purchase on-site only in advance of the exhibition opening on February 21.

Philadelphia Luxury Hotel Report

The new exhibition will kick off a year of big changes for luxury hotels in the City of Brotherly Love. 

The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia, will complete a new set of renovations helmed by architect and interior designer Wimberly Interiors in spring 2016. 

The refresh will include all new guestrooms and meeting spaces, a refreshed lobby experience and public spaces, plus a new restaurant, bar and lounge. The design of the enhancements is meant to focus on the "scenography" of the building, according to an announcement by the Ritz-Carlton, building on the history of the 1908 building with a palette of neutral colors with pops of metal and bronze. 

Looking further ahead, 2018 will see the scheduled opening of the new Four Seasons at Comcast. The previous Four Seasons Philadelphia closed its doors after more than 30 years in service this past June. 

At the $1.2 billion Comcast tower, currently under construction, the hotel will have 222 rooms. The new tower will also house NBC10 and Telemundo.