Isn’t it great! More public discussion about moving the Barnes Foundation to a location on the Ben Franklin Parkway is developing. However, this writer firmly believes that Lower Merion residents and municipal officials should oppose any move of Dr.Barnes cultural island of artistic treasures. Quite frequently one hears the argument that the current location excludes individuals that Dr.Barnes would have considered his target audience. Well if that were really the case, the Barnes Foundation would have never seen a visitor during Barnes life and until the present day if that visitor were not given the “Good Art Lover” seal by Barnes or his devotees. The ad hominem argument that is commonly put forth as reason to move the Barnes into Philadelphia is a shallow approach that attempts to make The Barnes Foundation a tourist destination for the masses.
Â Once again I sayâ€¦we cannot allow the cultural disintegration of the Barnes Foundation to occur. So called art cognoscenti and urban development planners need to stop salivating over the expected windfall anticipated from ticket