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Philadelphia, for the love of art

28 juillet 2016

Philadelphia is one of the oldest cities of the United-States and has consequently a lot to offer, art wise but also in term of Historical places. Welcome to the heart of the American Revolution and the former capital of the United-States.

William Penn, a Quaker persecuted for his religious views was given the world's largest private landowner, with over 45,000 square miles (120,000 km2) by the King Charles II. This land was named after his founder: Pennsylvania.  He established there his colony and founded in 1682 the capital of the Pennsylvania Colony. He named it Philadelphia – Greek for Brotherly Love- since he wanted it to be a place where people could live and think freely.  Philadelphia later saw major national milestones such as the signing of the Declaration of Independence and even was the temporary capital of the newly born United-States of America. Beyond those historical riches, Philadelphia is overflowing with art treasures worth seeing.

On the right bank of the Schuylkill River sits a tremendous concentration of art. Three museums dispute their position on the podium of the artistic influence, among which the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Rodin Museum and the Barnes Foundation. The Philadelphia Museum of Art houses numerous collections devoted to different Arts, Styles  and Eras. From European paintings of the 19th century, to Asian Contemporary Art the museum provides a large scope of what the world brought to Aesthesis. Don’t miss The Inside Out project -  through November 1 - which exhibits high-quality replicas of artworks from the Museum’s Collection. This year, the experience is proposed in twelve new communities throughout the region. And of course, the Museum has its rite of passage: the famous steps aka the “Rocky Steps”.  Taking a picture with the statue of the famous boxer and running up the steps are the two most popular attractions in Philadelphia. 

The Rodin Museum offers the largest collection of the sculptor after the Parisian one. You will be welcomed by the famous Thinker, daydreaming in the entry courtyard. As many of the sculptures are exposed outside, the garden of the museum has become a hidden treasure, perfect spot romantic settings and unprompted love declarations. As for the Barnes Foundation it houses one of the finest collections of post-impressionist and early modern artworks in the world. Picasso, Cézanne, Matisse or Modigliani, some of the greatest European and American masters share the privilege to be exposed on  those prestigious walls.

If you go down the Schuylkill River, you will arrive to the Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. There, expect a total immersion into the Ancient world! Egyptian sphinxes cohabit with Greek painted vases while the Canaan and Israel gallery offers an historical overview of the region.

Still on South Street, a little further sits a garden, a Magic Garden to be precise whose name reflects the surreal atmosphere that one can fell there. This non-profit organization created by mosaic artist Isaiah Zagar in the late 60’s includes indoor galleries hosting artists from all around the world and outdoor art installations with a famous and playful labyrinth. The gardens gave a new youth to this neighborhood who was to be demolished. Hundred of public artworks now decorate the walls of the area.

To perfect this art visit of the city, you can end up with the mural arts program. The tour offers the visit of the world’s largest outdoor collection of artworks. This includes wonderful insights about the artistic process and the history of those communities which decided to promote art in our daily lives.

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