Coming Attraction: Just In Time For Its One-Year Anniversary In Philadelphia, The Barnes Foundation Presents Ellsworth Kelly: Sculpture On The Wall, Opening May 4

Coinciding with the first anniversary of the opening of the Barnes Foundation on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Ellsworth Kelly: Sculpture On The Wall, a gathering of major works, will be on view in the Aileen and Brian Roberts Gallery May 4 through September 30, 2013. (Photo by B. Krist for GPTMC)

Marking its one-year anniversary on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the Barnes Foundation will present a special exhibition honoring the sculptor whose 40-foot abstract work The Barnes Totem stands at the head of a reflecting pool on the north side of the building.

Ellsworth Kelly: Sculpture On The Wall will open May 4 and run through September 30 in the Aileen and Brian Roberts Gallery.

The Barnes’ collection is formidable as it is, so when a special exhibition is on the books you know you’ll want to pay attention.

The centerpiece of the exhibit will be Sculpture for a Large Wall, a 64-foot-long sculpture composed of 104 anodized aluminum panels. The piece was originally commissioned for the Philadelphia Transportation Building in 1957.

It was removed in 1998 when the building underwent renovation and will return for the first time next spring — it’s currently held in the collection at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The other works to be displayed have not been announced yet.

Kelly is an American painter, sculptor and printmaker whose work can be seen at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Sofia in Madrid, the Tate Modern in London, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Admittance to the exhibition is free with price of admission into the gallery. You can also become a member of the Barnes Foundation in order to receive an invitation to preview the exhibition, get access to an exclusive lecture by the curator and enjoy free admission to the Barnes through the run of the show.

Check out a cool video about the Ellsworth Kelly exhibition, and the artist himself, right here.

Ellsworth Kelly: Sculpture on the Wall
Where: The Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
When: May 4–September 30, 2013
Cost: General Admission $18, Seniors $15, Students 10, Children under 5 free
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