The Art of the Steal

Not Yet Rated| 1 hr. 41 min.

Plot Summary
This film looks at the controversy surrounding the art collection of Dr. Albert C. Barnes, a millionaire who amassed a remarkable selection of significant works during the early 20th century. Barnes sought to keep his priceless pieces together as part of his foundation even after his death, but the involvement of numerous parties led to the scattering of his collection. This documentary sheds light on how his wishes were violated by a handful of opportunistic individuals.



Genres: Documentary

Distributor: IFC Films

The Art of the Steal (2009)

Release Date: February 26th, 2010|1 hr. 41 min.

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  • April 16, 2010 Ronnie Lee
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    This is a must see movie . As a supporter of the arts, I am embarassed that I had not followed this situation. I knew that The Barnes Museum was a very special place, similar, in many ways, to Boston's jewel, The Gardner. How sad for Philadelphia that they would rather 'rape; their treasures and do such an injustice to a man's will, rather than hire PR people to bring more tourism into Philly proper. I, for one, will make my pilgrimage to this place to honor Dr. Barnes and his vision.

  • March 21, 2010 Hood14971
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    Very well done and illuminating. A look into the politics of art and how these politicians and public "charitable" organizations gain power at the expense of what they are purported to save. Barnes had noble ideas about art education and immersion and to see this dismantled is cause for concern.

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