Elsewhere online
January 20, 2015

Barnes Foundation Makes Documentary Defending Art Move

A new documentary commissioned by the Barnes Foundation tells the organization's side of the controversial relocation of its priceless art collection from suburban Philadelphia to a downtown museum, writes the Philadelphia Daily News. The hour-long film, Barnes and Beyond: In the End, Truth Prevails, is a riposte to the 2009 documentary The Art of the Steal, which posited the move as a money-driven violation of patron Albert C. Barnes' intent for his trove of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist masterpieces.

The new gallery opened in May 2012 after a years-long court battle by activists fighting the relocation of the works from Lower Merion, Pa. Bernard Watson, a former member of the Barnes board, said the group commissioned the new documentary "to talk to the people who were involved in it and let them tell the story. That had never happened before." The Barnes held a VIP screening of the film Thursday and is working on distribution plans.