Domain: Inspired: Museum Muse

Borrowing from this room in the Barnes: How to create your own gallery-worthy arrangement of art and objects


About This Space:
At the Barnes Foundation—the Merion school and gallery designed by Paul Philippe Cret for Albert C. Barnes’s private trove of art—the walls are just as the eccentric collector left them when he died in 1951. Paintings by Matisse, Picasso and Cézanne mingle with African masks, Native American rugs, Pennsylvania Dutch cabinets, antique hardware and everyday objects. With the fuss over moving this acclaimed museum to Center City quelled, and relocation imminent, we’re taking last-chance inspiration from Barnes’s eclectic taste and remarkable skill for arranging artwork and accessories.