Opening Alert: The Barnes Foundation Premieres The Special Exhibition The World Is an Apple: The Still Lifes of Paul Cézanne With A Preview Party, Saturday, June 21 And Public Opening, Sunday, June 22

Paul Cézanne's Apples and Cakes (Pommes et gateaux), an oil on canvas, is just one of 21 paintings on exhibit in The World Is an Apple: The Still Lifes of Paul Cézanne at the Barnes Foundation. (Painting on loan from private collection, ©Christie’s Images Limited, 2005)

The Barnes Foundation on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway houses an awe-inspiring collection featuring 181 Renoirs, 69 Cézannes and 59 Matisses, along with works by Manet, Degas, Seurat, Prendergrast, Titian, Picasso and so much more.

This summer, though, visitors to the Barnes can experience a curated view of the works of post-impressionist Paul Cézanne (1839-1906) at the Barnes Foundation, too.

As of Sunday, June 22, the remarkable permanent collection will be complemented by a landmark temporary exhibition of the groundbreaking still lifes by the post-impressionist painter in The World Is an Apple: The Still Lifes of Paul Cézanne.

Experience a rare view of works by the “Master of Aix” in this exhibition featuring 21 paintings by the artist ranging from his early paintings to his late works.

The World Is an Apple: The Still Lifes of Paul Cézanne officially opens Sunday, June 22 at the Barnes’ Parkway home, and will remain on view in the special exhibitions gallery through September 22.

Read on for an overview of this splendid temporary show and its accompanying programming, including details on the exhibition opening party on Saturday, June 21.

The Exhibition

Even if you know very little about art, it’s difficult to separate the idea of still lifes from the artist Paul Cezanne.

Often playing with colors, forms and perspective, Cézanne established a distinctive style to his still lifes with themes ranging from apples and flowers to — somewhat shockingly — skulls.

Also on view at The Barnes Foundation is Paul Cézanne's Still Life with Apples or Pommes sur une chaise. (Paul Cézanne. Still Life with Apples (Pommes sur une chaise) (detail), c. 1878. Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, 41.012. Gift of Mrs. Murray S. Danforth)

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The World Is an Apple paints a picture of the thematic and chronological sweep of Cézanne’s still-life painting, showing Cézanne’s monumental achievement in the genre.

The exhibition features 16 still lifes from the Barnes Foundation’s permanent collection in addition to pieces on loan from public and private collections including the National Gallery, Musée d’Orsay and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

As the only U.S. stop and the premiere of this exceptional exhibition, art lovers should make plans now to visit the Barnes this summer.

Special Events

To celebrate the grand opening of this remarkable exhibition, the foundation hosts a grand soiree on Saturday, June 21 from 5 to 8 p.m.

On view through the end of the exhibition on September 22 is The Kitchen Table or La Table de cuisine. (Paul Cézanne. The Kitchen Table (La Table de cuisine) (detail) Painting on loan from Musée d’Orsay, Paris, RF 2819)

Be among the first to see The World Is an Apple: The Still Lifes of Paul Cézanne by attending the after-hours Preview Party.

For a $25 ticket, guests can take in the exhibition, enjoy cocktails on the now-open terrace, and hear live music from Kathryn Guthrie, the Jasper String Quartet and accordionist Joseph Soprani.

Tickets for the opening party are available online.

Come First Friday, August 1, an evening gallery-going event welcomes guests to hear Relâche New Music Ensemble and electronic artist Peter Price musically interpret Cézanne’s still lifes, listen to talk on Cézanne’s influence and more.


A combination collection and exhibition ticket is required for admittance to the special exhibition. Tickets are available for only the special exhibition, as well.

Timed, ticketed admission is available for reservation online, and advance booking is highly recommended.

The Barnes’ incredible collection of post-Impressionist and early-modern paintings is worth the trip alone, but with a special exhibition on view, visitation is practically mandatory.

The World Is an Apple: The Still Lifes of Paul Cézanne
When: June 22–September 22; Preview, Saturday, June 21, 5-8 p.m.
Where: The Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost: Exhibition and permanent collection, $29, adults; $27, seniors; $15, students and youth; free, children under 5; Exhibition only, $14
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