Collector as Artist: The Barnes Foundation
The Barnes Foundation, an extraordinary collection of art amassed by Albert C. Barnes, has been one of America’s strangest art museums from the day its doors opened in 1925. Barnes’s unique juxtapositions of paintings and objects were intended to help the viewer learn to look closely at art. The original building, in Merion, Pa., closed at the end of June — the collection will be relocated to a new one in Philadelphia next year — but The Times has created an interactive tour of some of the old museum’s highlights
Henri Matisse, Madras Rouge. 1907. from Wikipedia.
From a couple of articles that I've written - various commentaries on the collection and the controversy over the move:
Barnes Website with an online database: http://www.barnesfoundation.org/
As with so many things about the Barnes Museum, it's got major glitches. A simple search for "Matisse" brought up pages of "image not available." When an image is posted, it can't be enlarged. So even now, Barnes is preventing the public from seeing "his" pictures - just as he did when he was alive. The CD put out by the Foundation several years ago had restricted access. You could not save an image to your HD or print it out. All you could do was look - and $40 in 1995 was a pretty hefty price for poorly photographed pixels.