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Modigliani Up Close, Matisse in the 1930s and More Reasons to Visit Philly Museums This October 2022


Feeling creative? Or maybe not?

If it’s inspiration you seek, look no further than just a few blocks from your front door at Crane in Chinatown and suddenly you’re surrounded by at least five museums. This October is a great time to visit The Barnes Foundation and The Philadelphia Museum of Art for their latest exhibits. Here’s a look at what’s ahead for October 2022. 

The Barnes Foundation – Modigliani Up Close

On exhibit from Oct. 16 – Jan. 29, 2023, Modigliani Up Close explores Amedeo Modigliani’s working methods and materials. Building on the research that began in 2017, according to The Barnes Foundation, this focused project will look closely at how Modigliani created his works through his unique style. The exhibit will cast new light on his practice as well as bring together important pieces from museum collections around the world. Learn more about Modigliani Up Close.

Philadelphia Museum of Art – Matisse in the 1930s

While this exhibit is on exhibit at Philadelphia Museum of Art, but The Barnes Foundation also plays a major role in this story. 

It was 1930 and Henri Matisse had already achieved significant international renown but deep within himself Matisse had reached a creative slump. That is until that fall when The Barnes commissioned him to decorate their main gallery which at the time was located in Lower Merion, just outside of Philly. Matisse in the 1930s explores how the artist’s work across multiple platforms changed and evolved after he worked on the monumental mural, The Dance. Learn more about Matisse in the 1930s.

Philadelphia Museum of Art – Pay What You Wish

This October 26, from 5 p.m. to 8 :45 p.m. The Philadelphia Museum of Art invites patrons to “Pay What You Wish,” to visit the museum and all of its expansive collections. Pay as little as a penny or as much as… Well, as much as you would like! Learn more about Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Pay What You Wish Admission.