Art of the Steal

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Art of the Steal

"An un-missable look at one of the art worldÆs most fascinating controversies and a celebrated selection of the Toronto, New York and AFI Film Festivals, Don ArgottÆs gripping documentary THE ART OF THE STEAL chronicles the long and dramatic struggle for control of the Barnes Foundation, a private collection of art valued at more than $25 billion. 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 BarnesÆ 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 BarnesÆ 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 manÆs will be broken and one of AmericaÆs greatest culturalFollows the events after the death of art collector Albert C. Barnes as a power struggle develops over control of his $25 billion collection of paintings by Renoir, Cezanne, Matisse, Van Gogh, and other masters, housed in Lower Merion, Penn.

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