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Visiting an exhibition in person is a much richer experience than visiting online. Why not leave a comment to share your thoughts and impressions with others?

While personal memories make me sad to hear the Chagal backdrop will be moved, the possibilities of it being hung in a larger open space are exciting. Originally designed as a dance backdrop, it was always intended to support movement and shapes in front of it. I have always felt that when I walk up the stairs in front of where it hangs now, I am participating in being part of that movement...I am helping to bring it alive. I hope this is considered when it's new home is chosen.

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Joan - 7.31.2014 - 1:20 PM
STOP CALLING THEM "THE ROCKY STEPS!"

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Kay - 7.31.2014 - 11:46 AM
Over twenty years ago I heard Bob Scott, who was President of the Museum at the time, say that the "Museum is in the business of opening people's minds." I am thrilled that the Museum continues to embrace this mission and that the reconfiguring of space will offer more wonderful opportunities for more people to open their mind and see the extraordinary beauty in our world.

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Susan - 7.31.2014 - 11:10 AM
This museum is very nice.

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Mango - 7.30.2014 - 8:17 PM
My visit at the Philadelphia Museim of Art was exciting because it is my first time and it is also different.

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BENESEA FISHER - 7.30.2014 - 6:59 PM
I absolutely looooooove the Philadelphia Art Museum. Every time I leave I feel more empowered to showcase my art knowledge and skills. I visit with my boyfriend. We're an art couple!! We loooove the whole experience!! From the train to the museum. @yitartlifeideas

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jasmine hamlin @hoooneyokaaay - 7.30.2014 - 6:56 PM
Came just for this exhibition. Very thankful that I was able to come to see this. It's very informative about the working process of architecture, simplified for people like me : )

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L.A. Thomas - 7.30.2014 - 5:34 PM
Calm down, everyone.

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Anonymous - 7.30.2014 - 5:05 PM
I'm excited by the idea of bringing new light and space into what has often felt like a dark closed space. I think a more open and inviting space will enhance the impact on the community of this magnificent architectural structure and its collection.

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Andrea` - 7.30.2014 - 3:24 PM
it is a good ideadekujimercithank you!!!!

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ian petra cerise - 7.30.2014 - 12:04 PM
We like Frank Gehry's New York Downtown apartment building. Ambivalent about Philadelphia Museum of Art, since it's our first visit to Philly.

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Jiwoo Kim and Jiyoon Son - 7.30.2014 - 10:21 AM
After viewing many of the concepts I am excited for the museum.

Many patrons have stated a concern regarding changing the grand stairway at the East Entrance. The reasons for their concern look to be largely sentimental, and rightly so. My concern however is rooted firmly in design aesthetic. The proposed alteration (as modeled) undermines the classical perspective by breaking the horizon.

In the traditional sense, the stone stairs not only form a rock solid plateau on which to plant columns, they serve to impress monumental importance to the site. I know not all museums are monuments. Do you believe the Philadelphia Museum of Art be afforded such distinction? I do. Maintaining the century-old stone stairs as originally intended is so very important.

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Arion Horn - 7.29.2014 - 4:22 PM
I love visiting old favorites here at the Philadelphia Museum of Art--Degas, Monet, Picasso, Van Gogh...but today was really special because I brought my 10 year old goddaughter, and it was so much fun to see her response to the artworks she discovered through the ArtSplash scavenger hunt.And we made some art work together at the ArtSplash studio.Thank you for these memories.

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Dyane Stillman - 7.29.2014 - 3:21 PM
i think that the art in here is awesome and that every single corner of this beautiful place is magical i have been here about 5 times and i don't get tried of every single work of art that stands before my eyes every time. i just so in love with art and i wish that many people that are not from Philly enjoy the beautiful art that u can personally see here

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mirna luna ramos - 7.29.2014 - 1:02 PM
This museum is soooooooo cool! The renovations will make it even cooler. Phili Rocks!!!!!!!

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Oren - 7.27.2014 - 2:23 PM
Some of the interior changes look good. Removing the stairs is a terrible idea that will alienate many native Philadelphians. Gehry seems like an odd choice for a renovation that is mainly underground and functional. Rein him in or choose a more functional architect for the job.

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Ilya Kushnirsky - 7.27.2014 - 1:38 PM
I agree with the majority of the comments here: leave the great stairs, the pediments, and the fountain. Whichever architect can create plans for more exhibition space, is the best for this job. After this exhibition, it does not seem that Gehery is 100% right.

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Naomi Huth - 7.27.2014 - 1:37 PM
I love ninety percent of the changes. But please don't compromise the neoclassical aesthetic of the exterior. Do not destroy the east stairway and do not demolish the central stone pediment in favor of a glass box. Both changes will look dated quickly, and neither will withstand the test of time.

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Alan Charkey - 7.27.2014 - 12:25 PM
The designs for new galleries in the museum look great and I hope to see them pan out. As for changes to the landscape around the museum, I- as a lifelong Philadelphian- urge prudence. This place is more than just a museum for art, it is a shared space for a community and has become the basis for shared experience across generations.

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Christopher Dascher - 7.27.2014 - 11:45 AM
Gehry is a master of organizing spaces and his proposed work for the Museum seems well conceived and shows great reverence for the original. He has gone a long way to find the right balance between preserving this extraordinary building and changing it to serve the needs of a modern museum. Having said that, I must take issue with the change to the great east stairs. I don't see that his new galleries are so much improved by this feature that it is worth altering - and diminishing - the power of the original stairs. The skylights and new sunken courts in the plaza are great, BUT DON'T CHANGE THE EAST STAIR! Not because of Rocky, but because it is an integral part of the original design and deserves to be preserved. It's a cheap gesture that is unworthy of the other bold ideas found in Gehry's scheme. I feel the same about removing the brick in the east pediment. This will greatly change the east elevation and little or nothing is to be gained by having this minor, relatively unimportant new space added to the building. While I would love to see the view from up there, I don't see that it is worth the change to the elevation. The insertion of what will be, even under the overhang of the eaves, a jarring new modern material to the existing stone and terra cotta would, I believe, be a big mistake. I can more easily accept it on the west side because it is the less important elevation, but not on the east side. It's hard enough to accept the new stair towers!Despite these concerns, overall this is a great piece of work and a wonderful exhibit. Thank you for sharing this with all of us and asking for our input. I have been a member of the museum since 1970 and it is exciting to see the institution grow and mature like this.

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Dave - 7.27.2014 - 11:17 AM

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