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The Art of the Steal

January 19, 2011

This is a must see. This is happening right now, in our backyard here in Philly! The quote below is a perfect summary of this film.

In 1922, Dr. Albert C. Barnes formed a remarkable educational institution around his priceless collection of art, located just five miles outside of Philadelphia. Now, more than 50 years after Barnes’ death, a powerful group of moneyed interests have gone to court for control of the art, and intend to bring it to a new museum in Philadelphia. Standing in their way is a group of Barnes’ former students and his will, which contains strict instructions stating the Foundation should always be an educational institution, and that the paintings may never be removed. Will they succeed, or will a man’s will be broken and one of America’s greatest cultural monuments be destroyed?

“ENGROSSING…A totally absorbing story about the exploitation of art and the thorny entanglement of culture, capitalism, and politics.” – Anthony Kaufman, indieWIRE
It makes me want to do something about it, but what?



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