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July 2012
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Opening the Door to the World's Most Astounding Art Collection

One of the world’s most astounding art collections was only recently made more accessible to the public, and a new film, The Barnes Collection, gives further insight into the life of Albert C. Barnes and his extraordinary collection as it moves from a private residence to an acclaimed new museum.

The Barnes Collection, part of PBS Arts Summer Festival, airs Friday at 8 p.m. on tpt 2.

Follow Dr. Albert Barnes’ remarkable rise from Philadelphia’s working-class neighborhood to the top of the modern art world. This unique tale bounces back and forth through time as the late Dr. Barnes travels the world to collect works of art by some of history’s most famous artists — Picasso, Cezanne, Matisse, Renoir and many others.

The Barnes Collection

Joseph-Etienne Roulin by Vincent Van Gogh

The film digs deep into the intricacies of each painting, offering a rare look at the priceless collection and the new Philadelphia museum that houses it.

The story of the Barnes Collection is not without significant controversy, as art-world purists, lawmakers, lawyers, and the general public took part in a years-long battle over the collection’s move from Barnes’ former home, from which — his will decreed — it should never be moved.  Although it doesn’t dwell on the legal conflicts, The Barnes Collection leaves you to question what is gained and what is lost as the collection is relocated.

At its heart, The Barnes Collection is about art. High-definition footage brings you close to the works — close enough to discern the weft and warp of canvases and to marvel at the brushstrokes. No other film about the collection has had such intimate access to the works it comprises. 

Check out a preview of The Barnes Collection below and be sure to tune in Friday at 8 p.m. on tpt 2 to check it out!

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